In the 'hood, Hoedspruit as a destination

Directly translated from the Afrikaans the relatively small town of Hoedspruit, which lies at the foot of the Klein Drakensberg on the old Selati railway line from Phalaborwa to Kaapmuiden, means “hat creek”. The story involves one of the town’s pioneers who took off his hat, after a particularly arduous trek over the mountains into the heat of the Lowveld, and threw it into the Sandspruit ... cont.

Guernsey Conservancy Parcel 148, Hoedspruit, 1380, Limpopo, South Africa

Directions to Bona Ntaba Tree House Lodge

From Johannesburg
• From JHB – Proceed East along the N4 passing Witbank and Middleburg.
• Turn left onto the R540 at Belfast. From Belfast proceed through Dullstroom to Lydenburg.
• From Lydenburg take the R36 to Ohrigstad. Stay on this road passing through the Strijdom Tunnel.
• Keep on this road for 29 km until you see the sign for Swadini / Orpen.
• Turn right here and continue for 32 km.
• Turn left at the sign for Orpen and continue 2.5 km until you see the sign for Guernsey.
• Go through the Control Gate and drive for 8.5 km until you see the Guernsey Private Nature Reserve sign on your right.
• Turn inside here and continue for about 2 km until you reach the reserve gate
• Finally follow the Bona Ntaba signs

From Orpen Gate
Stay on the R531 for about 40 km. Turn right when you see the sign for Guernsey. Go through the Control gate and drive for 8.5 km until you see the Guernsey Private Nature Reserve sign on your right. Turn inside here and continue for about 2 km until you reach the reserve gate. Finally follow the Bona Ntaba signs.

From Hoedspruit
• Head South on the R40 towards Whiteriver. After 23 km turn left when you see the Guernsey sign (just after the Cheetah Project).
• Go through the Control gate and continue on this road for about 11 km (road becomes dirt half way). When you reach the end of this road, turn right.
• After about 4 km you will see the Guernsey Private Nature Reserve sign on your left.
• Turn inside here and continue for about 2 km until you reach the reserve gate.
• Finally follow the Bona Ntaba signs.

From Nelspruit
• Take the R40 towards White River.
• Continue on the R40 towards Hazyview, Bushbuckridge, Acornhoek.
• Continue straight on the R 40 till you see the sign for Orpen (R531).
• Turn right and continue for 2,5 km until you see the Guernsey sign.
• Turn left and go through the Control Gate. Drive for 8,5 km till you see the Guernsey Private Nature Reserve sign on your right side.
• Turn inside here and continue for about 2 km until you reach the reserve gate.
• Finally follow the Bona Ntaba signs.

By Air
The nearest airport is Eastgate, about 30 minutes from Bona Ntaba. South African Airways offers daily flights from Johannesburg to Eastgate Airport.

Amenities in the area

  • Bars and/or Nightlife (5 km)
  • Car Hire (5 km)
  • Restaurants / Eateries (5 km)
  • Airport (25 km)
  • Grocery Store (25 km)
  • Internet Cafι (25 km)

Activities

  • 4x4 trails
  • Bird watching
  • Canopy tours
  • Climbing (mountain / rock)
  • Cultural experiences
  • Cycling paths
  • Elephant back safaris
  • Game viewing
  • Game viewing (big 5)
  • Hiking trails
  • Horse riding
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Kayaking / surf ski
  • Microlight flights
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Quad biking
  • Rhino / Elephant tracking
  • River cruises
  • Rowing / canoeing

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