The ultimate glamping experience near Kruger National Park
The ultimate glamping experience near Kruger National Park

The ultimate glamping experience near Kruger National Park

Hey there, adventure seekers! Get ready for an epic journey as we uncover the coolest glamping spot in South Africa – AfriCamps at Hoedspruit! Imagine comfy tents, stunning views, and lots of wild animals nearby. It’s like camping, but way fancier! And the best part? It’s super close to Kruger National Park, so get ready for some serious safari vibes. Let’s dive in and explore this awesome adventure together!

Cruising Kruger National Park

Ready for some wild fun? After bidding farewell to Kruger Shalati, we hit the road for a self-guided game drive through Kruger National Park. Despite a day of rain, the skies cleared just in time for our journey, treating us to sunny weather. Picture this: four hours of driving through the park in our own car, spotting zebras, giraffes, elephants, and more along the way! We even had the incredible experience of witnessing an eagle feasting on a tortoise right on the road. Sure, it’s not quite the same as having a guide, but trust us, it’s still a blast. 

A warm welcome

As the sun starts to sink below the horizon, we roll up to AfriCamps Hoedspruit, where we’re warmly greeted by the owner, Monica. Not only did she ensure a smooth check-in, but she also took the time to share some words in Afrikaans with us (something we had been wanting to learn since we started this trip!). Our tent boasts a killer view of the tranquil lake, where we caught sight of fish leaping all around. Eager to unwind, we wasted no time firing up the grill, pouring ourselves some wine, and settling in for a cozy evening of board games. Thanks to the super handy braai’ basket we booked – filled with meats, potato salad, veggies, and garlic bread – we had everything we needed for a tasty meal. And what’s a perfect evening without roasted marshmallows to top it all off? Aaaah, pure bliss!

A tent fit for adventure

Each of the 11 boutique glamping tents at AfriCamps Hoedspruit offers a cozy retreat amidst the wilderness. Equipped with modern amenities like air conditioning, a fully stocked kitchen, and a private bathroom, these tents redefine luxury camping. Step outside onto your wooden deck to soak in the sights and sounds of nature, or cozy up around the fire pit under the starry African sky. And don’t forget to indulge in the ultimate relaxation with your very own outdoor wood-fired hot tub, where you can unwind after a day of adventure.

Exploring the enchanting domain

Located near Kruger National Park, AfriCamps Hoedspruit offers more than just luxury accommodation – it’s a gateway to adventure! Nestled around a tranquil dam frequented by wildlife, including nyala, zebra, kudu, and more, the camp provides endless opportunities for nature lovers. Whether you’re casting a line for catch-and-release fishing or paddling in a canoe on the dam’s serene waters, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! And with guided game drives, tours to nearby attractions like the Panorama Route and Blyde River Canyon, and traditional village tours, the camp promises an unforgettable stay.

The breathtaking Blyde River Canyon

AfriCamps Hoedspruit isn’t just about Kruger National Park – it’s also your ticket to exploring the breathtaking Panorama Route! So, picture this: our first morning kicked off with a delicious breakfast basket we booked – filled with eggs, meats, coffee, fruit, bread, you name it! With our bellies satisfied, we hit the road for Blyde River Canyon, just a quick 40-minute drive away. And let us tell you, it’s not your average canyon – oh no, it’s the third largest in the whole wide world!

As we embarked on a guided boat safari, we were welcomed by a fascinating array of wildlife – crocs, hippos, and a rainbow of birdlife nestled among the lush greenery. But that’s not all – we were also treated to jaw-dropping sights like the weeping face of nature and the iconic Three Rondavels. Talk about starting the day on an epic note! 

Greenest canyon on the planet

This canyon proudly holds the title of the third largest in the world. Spanning an impressive 26,946 hectares, it rivals even the renowned Grand Canyon in the United States and the Fish River Canyon in Namibia! But what truly sets it apart is its vibrant greenery, earning it the prestigious distinction of being the largest ‘green canyon’ on the planet! As you gaze upon its towering precipitous cliffs plunging into the depths below, you’ll be captivated by its dramatic landscape, stretching an astounding 26 kilometers in length and plunging approximately 800 meters deep. And nestled at its heart lies the Blyde Dam, reaching an impressive altitude of 665 meters when at full capacity, adding to the allure of this remarkable destination. So, prepare for an unforgettable journey into the heart of natural splendor as you explore one of South Africa’s most visited attractions, the awe-inspiring Blyde River Canyon!

Sunset safari & dinner to remember

Ah, the sweet serenity of midday at our tent – lounging by the lake, soaking in the hot tub, and exploring our little piece of paradise. But come 3 o’clock, it was time for the grand finale: our sunset safari in Khaya Ndlovu Game Reserve, right on the edge of Kruger National Park! A quick 30-minute drive and we were off on our last safari adventure.

With lions on our minds, we set out with ranger ‘Lovers’ leading the way. And let us tell you, folks, he certainly lived up to his name! Not one, not two, but three majestic lions made an appearance, giving us the thrill of a lifetime. After all, they were the only of the Big Five we still hadn’t seen! 

But the excitement didn’t stop there – we also had up-close encounters with rhinos (those rangers aren’t afraid to go off-road!), cheetahs, and even a chameleon that we got to hold in our own hands! And what’s a safari without a feast to remember? We toasted to the day’s adventures with gin and tonic sundowners and indulged in a mouthwatering three-course meal at Khaya Ndlovu Safari Manor, a luxurious 4-star lodge. Talk about ending our safari adventure on the most delicious note possible!

Farewell, AfriCamps Hoedspruit!

And just like that, our three-week adventure in South Africa comes to an end. But what a grand finale it was! Located in the heart of South Africa’s untamed wilderness, AfriCamps Hoedspruit truly captured our hearts with its perfect blend of luxury and adventure. From its ideal location near Kruger National Park to the wide range of experiences it has to offer, this place is just what you need for a great time. As we say goodbye, we’re so thankful for all the fun times and cool adventures. But don’t worry, AfriCamps Hoedspruit, we’ll definitely be back for more safari fun one day! Thanks for all the awesome memories!