As you turn right onto the R36, you will start your ascent of the Abel Erasmus Pass and eventually pass through the Strydom Tunnel. A short decent will take you into the bushveld, with its seemingly flat terrain and abundance of Acacia trees. You will also notice the Lichen on the rock and cliff faces of the Drakensberg Mountains.

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Situated in the shadow of the Mariepskop Mountain, Moholoholo is a world-renowned rehabilitation centre caring for injured and orphaned animals. Animals are treated and cared for at the centre with the intention of having them returned to the wild where possible. Daily tours offered at Mohoholo offer a fascinating insight into the business of rescuing animals, as well as personal interaction opportunities with some of them.

Graskop Attractions

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (Cheetah Project) On Kapama Game Reserve

The Centre focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals, with cheetah conservation being one of their core disciplines.

The Centre has established themselves as on of the leading private research and breeding facilities for endangered species in the country and is actively involved in:

  • The breeding of endangered, vulnerable or rare animal species.
  • The release and establishment of captive-bred cheetahs into the wild.
  • The treatment and rehabilitation of orphaned or injured animals which are brought to the Centre.
  • The education of learners, students and the general public in conservation and conservation activities.
  • Eco-tourism
  • A hands-on students’ programme to conservation and adventure enthusiasts from around the world.

Monsoon Gallery

28km from Hoespruit on the R527 (the Lydenburg road) you will come across the Monsoon Gallery and Mad Dogz Café.  The landmark establishments have become synonymous with style and hospitality, and are a must visit for anyone passing through the region.

The Gallery offers and impressive collection of African art, artifacts, crafts and gifts for sale, from the traditional to the contemporary.  It also houses a large museum collection of traditional hunting artifacts, Africana and memorabilia.

Mad Dogz Café

Situated in charming thatched buildings and patios, the restaurant is set against the backdrop of the escarpment with chic décor, music form the African continent, tropical gardens and water features.  A ‘fusion’ cuisine is served, developed around the concept of the monsoon trade winds, linking in this case, Asia with Africa.