Nestled deep within the magnificent Blyde River Canyon and against the breath-taking backdrop of the mountains of Limpopo, Bona Intaba Game Lodge is an idyllic escape for corporate and leisure travellers that want to get away from the humdrum of the city. This lodge presents all of the beauty of the South African bushveld within comfortable, inviting surrounds.
However, those who have a particular penchant for the fauna and flora of Africa are invited to venture further afield to enjoy even more of the splendour for which this country is known and loved. Some of the most popular tourist attractions near the lodge that cater especially to those who love the outdoors include:
On-Site Activities include the following:
- Bird watching; (±360 bird species)
- Game viewing
- Relaxing around the pool
Activities near Hoedspruit Town include the following:
- Boat trips on Blyde Dam: Tel: 015 795 5961
- Quad biking, whitewater rafting, tubing, horse riding, etc. at Blyde River Adventures: Tel: 015 795 5961
- Mountain biking / hiking
- Hot air ballooning: Tel: 015 795 5488 / 015 795 5520
- Horse trails / hiking: Tel: 015 793 2422
- Microlight flights: Tel: 015 793 0348
- Game viewing / bird watching; visit other Big Five Reserves in the area, i.e. Timbavati.
- Hiking and day walks; enquire at Swadini Visitors Centre at the dam.
Also enquire at the Tourism Office for more information.
Some local activities for nature lovers include the following:
The Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre:
This is an acclaimed sanctuary for a range of animals that have been injured, poisoned or abandoned. In addition to the care and rehabilitation initiatives that they undertake for these animals, Moholoholo also focuses on educating the local community so that they can play a role in the protection and care of their own environment. The animals that can be found here include crowned eagles, cheetahs, vultures, wild dogs, lynxes, and servals; hailing from all over the world. Moholoholo has a strict policy on trying to release the animals back into the wild whenever possible. Daily tours are conducted from Monday to Saturday, and this centre is only 20 minutes from Bona Intaba.
Bourke's Luck Potholes:
Less than two hours drive away are the natural marvels known as the Potholes. These massive rock structures have been shaped and sculpted by the ongoing swirling of the river waters below. The different soils have coloured the rock, staining them to form a natural piece of art in the heart of Mpumalanga. Being part of the ever-popular Panorama Route, Bourkes Potholes welcome many tourists during the peak season (generally, between December and April), and never fails to impress.
The Kruger National Park:
Acclaimed as one of the finest game parks in the world, Kruger occupies an awe-inspiring two million hectares of the African landscape. It was established more than 110 years ago and is the home and sanctuary of an enormous variety of fauna and flora. This includes the Big 5 (elephants, leopards, rhinos, buffalos and lions) along with plenty of antelope species, birds, predators, insects, reptiles, fish and amphibians. Major efforts are being made by Kruger to raise awareness of the plight of many of South Africas wildest residents, and educational initiatives are undertaken. Being one of the largest reserves on the African continent makes Kruger the perfect place for nature-lovers to explore.
The Echo Caves:
While this cave has been here for millennia, it was only opened for public viewing in 1959, after which it was declared a National Monument. It is no surprise, for the incredible stalagmite and stalactite formations inside are nothing short of breath-taking in their beauty and wonder. These formations, as well as the sheer scale of the caves, are accentuated by the use of cunning lighting, and there are safe, navigable walkways throughout. Guided tours take 45 to 60 minutes and are conducted daily so that the true splendour of the caves is showcased to perfection.
Other local attractions that outdoors enthusiasts are sure to enjoy are the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, Khamai Reptile Park, Timbavati Game Reserve and Jessicas Palace.