BLYDE WILDLIFE

ESTATE 42



















BLYDE WILDLIFE ESTATE 42


Blyde Wildlife Estate is approximately 400 hectares nature reserve and will when it is fully built up have 154 lodges if all plots of land are built on. Today about 50 lodges have been built. The Estate also comprises a wellness centre with a large gym and a club house with a restaurant ‘Blue Mountain’.


RENTING THE HOUSE


The price for renting the house is ZAR 1750 per day. Housekeeping is taken care of by the maid i.e. doing the beds in the morning, cleaning of house, washing clothes and dishwashing, but not cooking.

Booking of the house can be done at Wildlife Accommodation, Blyde Wildlife Estate. 

e-mail wildlifeaccommodation@gmail.com or snwblyde@gmail.com 

Contact information

Blyde Wildlife Estate – House 42
South Africa

Phone: +27 (0) 83 274 1625 +27 (0)82 871 0152
Email: wildlifeaccommodation@gmail.com

Find us

1. Fly to Johannesburg and drive to the Estate in a rented car. The distance is about 450 km to Blyde Wildlife Estate. From Johannesburg turn towards Nelspruit on N4 (highway). Well before Nelspruit turn towards the town of Belfast. From Belfast there is 210 km on ordinary two-lane mountainous roads, and towards the end driving through the Drakensberg mountains which can be seen from Blyde Wildlife Estate. The trip takes about five hours. The last 210 km are on a two lane road, so we recommend you to drive in daylight as there are potholes on some parts of the road.

2. Fly to Johannesburg and transfer to a domestic flight to Hoedspruit airport (Eastgate). From here the distance to Blyde Wildlife Estate is about 30 km. You can request Blyde Wildlife Estate to collect you at Eastgate alternatively; you can book a rental car to be ready for you at Eastgate airport. It is also possible to rent cars in Hoedspruit

Route description from Johanneburg airport

The weather

Weather in South Africa is generally good and you can travel to South Africa the year arond. The four seasons in the country have their own charm, and you can go on safari in South Africa year around. So do not let the South African weather hamper your dreams, for there is always good weather somewhere in South Africa.



Find  the weather report here ...

DETAILS


"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered"
Nelson Mandela 


House No42



Area



What to see



Nice to know


HOUSE 42

The house has two identical master bedrooms each with double beds, air conditioning, and bathroom in an open plan with the master bedroom and a separate toilet. Additionally, each bedroom has also its own outdoor screened shower.
Living room and kitchen is an open plan arrangement with direct access to two large roofed terraces – one with a large dining table, swimming pool and deckchairs on the deck. The second terrace is by the entrance door from yard, garage etc. Next to the house you will find the boma which is a place with facilities for barbeque and bonfire.
The kitchen has a large American style refrigerator, stove/oven, tableware for at least six persons, kitchenware, pots and pans as well as electrical kettle and toaster.
Washing machine and tumble dryer are installed in the extension building.
Each master bedroom has its own mounted safe.

Blyde Wildlife Estate area

Blyde Wildlife Estate is approximately 400 hectares nature reserve and will when it is fully built up have 154 lodges if all plots of land are built on. Today about 50 lodges have been built. The Estate also comprises a wellness centre with a large gym and a club house with a restaurant ‘Blue Mountain’.
The Estate is fenced in and access is through the main gate with 24 hour’s security.
Giraffes, zebras, wilder beasts, warthogs, kudus, impalas etc. roam around on the Estate.
The Estate is situated 16 km from Hoedspruit in the Limpopo province and about 65 km from Kruger National Park entrance named Orpen Gate.
Surrounded by mountains, valleys, rivers and a mixture of cultivated and un-cultivated nature the scenery is extremely diverse and beautiful. For example Blyde Wildlife Estate is only about one hour’s drive from the Blyde River Canyon, which is the third deepest canyon in the world.
Weather forecast for the area: http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/SouthAfrica/Hoedspruit.htm

Restaurant
  • Restaurant, ‘Blue Mountain’ at the clubhouse at Blyde Wildlife Estate
  • Sleepers – situated along the railway line in Hoedspruit (drive through Hoedspruit, cross the railway, turn right towards Klasserie, turn left at Total petrol and continue to the restaurant behind. 
  • Cala La Pasta, Italian Restaurant, Shop 26, Kamogelo Tourism Centre, Hoedspruit
  • Hat & Creek, Main Road (R527), Hoedspruit Central
  • Steers, Total Garage, Cnr Kudu Street & R 527, Hoedspruit
  • Silverwings Spur, Pick n Pay Centre,R 40,Hoedspruit
  • Ollies, No 2 Safari Junction, Raptor’s View Wildlife Estate, R 40, Hoedspruit
  • Safari Club, Safari Junction, Raptor’s View Wildlife Estate, R40, Hoedspruit
  • Blue Cottage – situated along the road R527 towards the Strijdom tunnel some kilometers from the Estate

Shopping

Hoedspruit has good shopping facilities such as Spar, Pick n' Pay and Le Bamba supermarkets.
Many estates in the area grow mangos, oranges, papaya etc., selling proceeds on the roadside hence there is ample opportunity to buy fresh, sun ripe fruit.


Other activities

·……as well as many other activities which all can be booked with Susan Erasmus

What to see

Blyde River Canyon
This canyon is the third deepest in the world after Fish River canyon in Namibia and Grand Canyon in the US. Blyde River Canyon can be viewed both from below on a boat trip on Blydeport Dam as well as from view points on the Panorama Route – check the following websites (and at your own choice many more websites):
Jessica the Hippo
Jessica is a domesticated hippo. She lives in the Blyde River not far from the Blyde Wildlife Estate. Jessica is absolutely worth a visit as you never will get this close to a hippo. Wild hippos are found in the river around the Blyde Wildlife Estate.
Appointments on +27 15 795 5249
Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is South Africa’s largest and oldest national park and covers 18,989 square kilometres (7,332 sq mi) and extends 360 kilometres (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from east to west.
The closest gate into the park is the Orpen Gate which is approximately 65 kilometres from Blyde Wildlife Estate.
Moholoholo
Moholoholo is a rehabilitation centre for abandoned, injured or poisoned animals. The centre is beautifully situated at the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains on route R531 towards Klasserie. At Moholoholo you really close to the animals and you are giving a briefing of the work at the centre before the tour of the centre starts.
Hoespruit Endangered Species Centre
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Cheetah Conservation is one of their core disciplines.
Khamai/Kinyonga Reptile Park
This Park with snakes and other reptiles is a neighbour to Blyde Wildlife Estate on the road towards Hoedspruit.

Dullstroom Art and Craft
Situated on the road R540 on the way to Blyde Wildlife Estate lies Dullstrom and the curio shop Dulstrom Art and Craft. has a very large range of curios of good quality and is worth a visit.

Nice to know


Geography
South Africa covers an area of 1,127,200 square kilometres, which is equivalent to the combined area of France and Spain.
South Africa borders to Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe to the north and Mozambique to the north east.
The population in South Africa is approximately 51 million.
Pretoria has 3,0 million inhabitants, Johannesburg approximately 4,5 million, Cape Town 3.7 million and Durban 3.5 million inhabitants.

Climate
Seasons in South Africa are opposite the seasons in Europe. The climate varies from region to region.
A subtropical location, moderated by ocean on three sides of the country and the altitude of the interior plateau, account for the warm temperate conditions so typical to South Africa - and so popular with its foreign visitors.
South Africa is famous for its sunshine. It's a relatively dry country, with an average annual rainfall of about 464 mm (compared to a world average of about 860mm). While the Western Cape gets most of its rainfall in winter, the rest of the country is generally a summer-rainfall region.

Limpopo where Blyde Wildlife Estate is situated

Limpopo province is South Africa’s northernmost area and visitors can expect sunshine, long summer afternoons and dry days for most of their stay.
With almost all year-round sunshine, it can get rather hot in the summer months (October to March) averaging 27ºC. The lowveld is less forgiving in the swelter of summer afternoons, with towns such as Phalaborwa known to reach 45ºC. Generally, however, visitors to the Kruger Park area can expect temperatures around 30º C in summer.
Late afternoon you may find that the sky will grow heavy with clouds and you can expect short thunderstorms.
Winters are sunny seasons with chilly, early mornings, warm noons, dry afternoons and cool to cold nights. In general the weather of Limpopo will greet you with a hospitable display of sunshine and reserve.
More on climate see on: www.southafrica.info/travel/advice/climate.htm

Population
A great deal of the population (more than 75 %) are Africans and belong to the tribes Zulu, Xhosa, Siwana, Sotho, Shangaan, Swazi, Ndebele and Venda.
The remainder of the population are either white of European decent (app. 6 million), has Asian background or is of mixed origin.
68% are Christians, 2% are Muslims, 2% are Hindus and the rest practice traditional religions.

Population
A great deal of the population (more than 75 %) are Africans and belong to the tribes Zulu, Xhosa, Siwana, Sotho, Shangaan, Swazi, Ndebele and Venda.
The remainder of the population are either white of European decent (app. 6 million), has Asian background or is of mixed origin.
68% are Christians, 2% are Muslims, 2% are Hindus and the rest practice traditional religions

Political system
The South African parliament is situated in Cape Town, the government offices in Pretoria and the Supreme Court in Bloemfontain.
The South African Parliament comprises of the National Assembly with 490 members and the National Provincial council with representatives from the nine provinces.
The latest South African election took place on 7 May 2014.
ANC (African National Congress) got 62.1 % of the votes, which is equivalent to 249 seats at the National Assembly.
ANC’s President, Jacob Zuma, was inaugurated as President of South Africa on 9 May 2009. Jacob Zuma succeeded the present Vice President Kgalema Motlanthe who temporary was installed as President on 25 September 2008 after the then President Thabo Mbeki resigned before end of term.

Practical things
  • Use ATMs in supermarkets or in shopping centers
  • Telephone cards are available in supermarkets
  • Tips – approximately 10 – 15 %
  • Credit cards can be used in most shops
Language
There are 11 official languages in South Africa.
English and Afrikaans are spoken by the majority of the population, but Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana and Venda are also official languages.

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