Zandspruit Bush and Aero Estate
Zandspruit Bush and Aero Estate is a 1000 hectare nature reserve in Hoedspruit, South Africa. It consists of 650 hectares of pure wilderness and is the ideal habitat for the zebra, giraffe, impala, wildebeest, ibex, mongooses, squirrels, monkeys … But sand shoots is also one of the few places where the nyala lives, and often you can find them grazing near your breakfast table.
Many birds also chose Zandspruit as their habitat: the osprey, Senegalese kingfisher, guinea fowl, shiny starling, Nile goose, bee-eater, honey sucker … When you are on a walk in the area, it is best to provide a pair of binoculars to see the beauty of the birds up close. For hikers – or joggers – there is also the Nyala trail: an 8 km long signposted path.
Cycling is also possible in the area, just like a game drive: quiet riding around in a safari jeep in search of wild animals. For all activities, a picnic is an absolute must: spread your blanket among passing animals (if you’re lucky of course).
Prefer to go out at night? Night trips are also possible here, with the chance of spotting predators such as the civet or caracal, or porcupines.
In Zandspruit there are also three dams constructed, where animals come regularly to drink and you can watch them quietly with some luck. There is Hide Dam, for example, where a hide away is provided: a hut with a viewing hatch where you can hide away. But you also have Madada Dam and Nthunduluka Dam