We have a wide variety of plains game on the Conservancy and a dazzling array of birdlife, not the least of which are the 650 breeding pairs of Cape vultures. Indeed, ours is the third largest breeding colony of Cape vultures in the world and is monitored by the internationally recognized VulPro organization. So vulture viewing forms a large part of the outdoor experiences on offer at Cape Vulture Lodge. Our mountain trails and pointing out the unique features, flora and fauna along the way.
We have a wide variety of plains game on the Conservancy and a dazzling array of birdlife, not the least of which are the 650 breeding pairs of Cape vultures. Indeed, ours is the third largest breeding colony of Cape vultures in the world and is monitored by the internationally recognized VulPro organisation. So vulture viewing forms a large part of the outdoor experiences on offer at Cape Vulture Lodge.
Further afield, the legendary Kruger National Park is a short drive away and we can arrange full-day, fully guided safaris into this world-famous reserve. Alternatively, you can do morning or afternoon/evening game drives on the conservancy or in one of the private Big Five reserves close by. Horse-riding is also available nearby, as is micro lighting, hot-air ballooning and helicopter flights over the Blyde River Canyon.
The breathtaking Panorama Route is on our doorstep too with some of the most incredible views and spectacular landscapes in South Africa just a short drive away. .
Some of the activities on site include trail running, cycling, game drives, and birding. Professional guides can lead you along the mountain trails and point out the unique geological structure of the conservancy, the variety of plant and animal species, and the array of birdlife that inhabits this special place. A special activity on offer is the sunset trip up the mountain to Lookout Ridge to see the Cape Vutures and watch the sun go down.
One of South Africa's most scenic areas, the Panorama Route refers to the escarpment in Mpumalanga Province, where the Drakensberg mountains separate the Highveld from the Lowveld to the east. Studded with numerous waterfalls, spectacular viewpoints and geographical phenomena and a breath-taking canyon, it's easy to see why it's such a popular tourist destination. The route passes an abundance of rivers, waterfalls, natural rock formations, viewpoints with endless vistas and the famous Blyde River Canyon. You will have the opportunity to fully immerse
yourself into the natural landscape with 360-degree views of the Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Lisbon Falls (2nd highest waterfall in South Africa and the highest in Mpumalanga), God’s Window and Gorge Lift.
It has been said that even an hour in paradise is a rewarding experience and this can also be said to be true of Africa's greatest wildlife sanctuary, the Kruger National Park. An hour is rewarding, but a whole day is a life-
changing experience. For an authentic safari experience, our full day Kruger National Park trip will give you an unbelievable overview of this iconic destination. Game viewing from open safari vehicles in the Kruger National Park must be one of the ultimate safari experiences in Africa and being able to do this in a day is ideal for those with limited time available..
Situated in the shadow of the majestic “Mariepskop” which forms part of the mighty Drakensberg mountains, this unique Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is the home to many of South Africa’s abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife. To get an up close and personal experience of these incredible creatures and with the hands-on approach they have the ability to demonstrate to the public the threats and problems our wildlife is facing today. The Centre has a long standing and successful Serval Breeding Project and more than 160 have successfully been reintroduced to areas where they have become extinct. They are actively involved in research on the movement and behaviour of leopards and on a few vulture species that they monitor daily at their “vulture restaurant”. A visit to the Centre is “an experience of a lifetime” and will leave you with lasting memories.
Experience the magic of lighter-than-air flight near the foot of the Drakensberg escarpment. Book your one-hour long flight over the scenic Lowveld section of the Blyde River. The terrain is a mixture of farmland, private nature reserves and wildlife estates. The mountains provide good shelter from the prevailing winds making it good for good weather for flying on most days. As the sun rises, the landscape, the vegetation and, if you're lucky, some wildlife will provide photo opportunities. Game spotting cannot be guaranteed but, on most flights, we see plains game like giraffe and wildebeest..
Enjoy a beautiful scenic Boat Cruise on the Blyderivierspoort in the Blyde River Canyon. The Canyon is a place of pure untouched beauty and is best seen and experienced from the water on a comfortable, 20-seater pontoon boat. You will be guided and accompanied by an experienced skipper with a wealth of knowledge and passion for the Canyon. This is your opportunity to see the famous Three Rondavels and the Blyde River Canyon from the angle it’s supposed to be seen. While you’re on the water, at the base of the towering mountains that form these breath-taking sights you can also tick off those last couple of birds that have been looking for on your bird list and enjoy seeing the hippo’s and crocodiles that make this dam their home.
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Cape Vulture Lodge has been purposefully designed to immerse guests in the wonderful African wilderness that surrounds it while keeping its environmental footprint to an absolute minimum.
Our innovative, eco-friendly tented suites are built on raised wooden decks. Each of Cape Vulture Lodge's nine tented suites is a safari experience in its own right.
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