Kruger National Park
Africa is the land of safaris, for a visit to the most renowned reserve, come to Lowveld Escape.
Only a short 45 minute ride away is the Krugerpark, a must-see during your stay. You can find a guided safari, or enjoy a self-drive with a realistic expectation of encountering some, or all of the “Big 5”.
For more information on the numerous possibilities check the website at www.krugerpark.co.za.
The two private reserves of Manyeleti Game Park and the Kapama Game Reserve, bordering on the Kruger Park also offer the safari experience. Here fences don’t exist and you can take part in a “Game Drive”, an evening safari, led by an experienced ranger and “spotter”. Boasting over what was spotted takes place later, while enjoying a typical African dinner.
Endangered Species Centre
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Cheetah Conservation is one of their core disciplines.
The Centre is actively involved in the release and establishment of captive-bred cheetahs to the wild and the treatment and rehabilitation of orphaned or injured animals which are brought to the Centre.
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
This centre is a home for many of South Africa’s abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife. It is situated in the shadow of the majestic “Mariepskop”. Some of the animals include rescued lions from an Egyptian Circus; Queen the Crowned Eagle, Chui the Leopard and Jolly & Juba the cheetah ambassadors
Their Serval Cat Breeding Project has bred and released many of these endangered cats back into areas where they have previously become extinct. Another first for Moholoholo, it is the only facility in South Africa to have successfully bred the endangered Crowned Eagle.
Jessica the Hippo
Jessica is a ten year old female hippopotamus who lives near Hoedspruit. What make her so special and unique is that she is a wild animal that interacts with humans in ways other than what nature intended. It is believed that hippos are some of the most dangerous animals in Africa and many are said to have attacked and killed people who invade their space. Jessica is not like that, she displays characteristics that may lead one to believe she thinks she is human, or that the observers are just other hippos.
A visit to her home, near Lowveld Escape, is a must.
Kinyonga Reptile Centre
The Kinyonga Reptile Centre combines education, research and outreach work to help protect South Africa’s reptiles and amphibians. You can learn more about snakes, frogs, lizards and spiders in their natural environment. There are opportunities to have your picture taken with the snakes, a real “must” for reptile enthusiasts.
Action & Adventure
See the spectacular Drakensbergen by car, or even from the air, or go rafting in Tzaneen in the Wolkbergen: from your holiday home you can take several day trips that start in less than an hour’s drive.
Africa breathes centuries-old traditions and culture. Look for the roots of the African people by visiting an ancient tribe, or eat pancakes at a giant baobab made from centuries-old African roots.
Reach the pinnacle of tranquillity by looking down on the plains from a balloon, or spending a day in an African wellness centre. You can end your day in one of the (typical or not African) restaurants.
If a walking giraffe or running leopard inspires you to take action, don’t think this is not possible in Africa. You can go jogging, horseback riding, but also cycling and golf among the impressive fauna and flora.