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.

Mohlabetsi Conservancy, Hoedspruit District, Limpopo (Northern) Province, South Africa

Directions to Nyala Safari Lodge

From Johannesburg - 5 hours
• Join the N12 towards Witbank
• N12 joins the N4 at Witbank and continue to Belfast
• At Belfast take the R540 to Dullstroom and Lydenburg
• Continue through Lydenburg and towards Ohrigstad along the R36
• Pass through the Abel Erasmus Pass and through the JG Strydom Tunnel towards Hoedspruit along the R527. Go through Hoedspruit town over the railway bridge
• After this bridge the R527 will intersect with the R40 at a 4 way stop. Continue straight (to the left would be Phalaborwa / Mica and to the right would be White River / Wit Rivier / Klaserie
• From the 4 way stop where you will continue straight towards the Airforce Base it is about 600 metres to the T-junction
• At the T-junction turn left the sign says “Drakensig” and drive for about 200 metres
• Turn right onto a dirt road (follow Jejane / Nyala signs)
• Continue on this dirt road for another 200 metres and take the road to the right (Jejane / Nyala)
• From here it is another 200 metres to the railway crossing
• You will now travel between the railway line on your left and a fence on your right. From the railway crossing to the Jejane gate is about 4km. (10 minutes)
• At the Jejane gate you sign in and continue along the fence (on your right) and follow the Nyala signs - Do not turn off stay with the fence on your right hand side and the Air strip on your left.
• Distance from gate to Air strip 8kms. Follow the Nyala signs from here to the lodge
• At the Wind sock turn right at the hangar - pass a concrete dam on your left and then veer right
• Follow the small Nyala sign through the usually dry river bed until passing a pump house on your left. At the next intersection, turn left and the Nyala camp is a few hundred metres further.
• Hope you see some game on this route from the Jejane Gate to Nyala Lodge.

From Klaserie / Hazyview / Acornhoek / Orpen / Eastgate airport:
• Travel towards Hoedspruit - TOTAL filling station on left and then the 4 way stop
• Turn right at this stop and follow directions from here to the T-junction.

From Orpen gate:
• Out of the gate travel straight with the R531 for about 40km
• At the T-junction turn right
• Travel for about 2km then turn right towards Hoedspruit / Eastgate Airport
• Travel towards Hoedspruit - TOTAL filling station on left and then the 4 way stop
• Turn right at this stop and follow directions from here to the T-junction which is about 600 metres
• At the T-junction turn left and drive for about 200 metres
• Turn right onto a dirt road (follow Jejane signs)
• Continue on this dirt road for another 200 metres and take the road to the right (Jejane)
• From here it is another 200 metres to the railway crossing
• You will now travel between the railway line on your left and a fence on your right. From the railway crossing the gate is about 4km
• At the Jejane gate you can sign in and continue along the fence - follow the Nyala signs.

We will appreciate it if you can phone us when you are either approaching Hoedspruit or at least when leaving Hoedspruit to go to Nyala.

Note
Please stick to the fence once in the reserve - there are two termite hills where you have to go around them but go back to the road next to the fence. Please also be careful as at some places the road is very narrow next to the fence - be aware of the hooks of the electric fence on the ground.

Amenities in the area

  • Bank and/or ATM (15 km)
  • Bars and/or Nightlife (15 km)
  • Foreign Exchange (15 km)
  • Grocery Store (15 km)
  • Internet Cafι (15 km)
  • Laundromat (15 km)
  • Post Office (15 km)
  • Restaurants / Eateries (15 km)
  • Shopping Mall (15 km)
  • Train Station (15 km)
  • Airport (25 km)
  • Car Hire (25 km)

Activities

  • 4x4 trails
  • Bird watching
  • Canopy tours
  • Children's entertainment
  • Clay pidgeon shooting
  • Cultural experiences
  • Cycling paths
  • Elephant back safaris
  • Fishing
  • Game viewing
  • Game viewing (big 5)
  • Golf course(s)
  • Health spa / massage
  • Helicopter Flips
  • Hiking trails
  • Horse riding
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Kloofing
  • Microlight flights
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Quad biking
  • River cruises
  • Rowing / canoeing
  • Swimming
  • Township tours

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