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Located in South Africa’s Safari hub of Hoedspruit, Safari Moon is a boutique base from which to discover the wonders of South Africa’s Lowveld region.


The Estate & Beyond 

The Hoedspruit Wildlife estate has plenty to do if you don’t fancy venturing very far from the lodge. Explore the self-drive game drive routes, make use of the bird hides and cycle tracks, horse riding or simply take a leisurely stroll around the estate. 

Further afield there is an array of guided safari excursions, scenic tours and adventures in the Lowveld region. The most popular has to be a trip into the Kruger National Park. Spend sunrise to sunset scouring this iconic wilderness region, searching for its diverse array of species that roam, stalk, soar and sprint. 

We have listed the most popular activities to do nearby, in other words a bush-veld bucket-list :

  • Full Day Kruger National Park
  • Panoramic Route Tour
  • Game Drives & Bush Walks (In surrounding big-five reserves)
  • Walking Safaris
  • Photographic Safaris 
  • Bird-Watching Tours 
  • Blyde River Canyon Boat Cruise
  • Blyderiverspoort Hiking Trail
  • Microlight Flying
  • Scenic Hot Air Ballon Ride
  • Maripskop Mountain Walks (with local guide)
  • Jessica The Hippo
  • Hiking Excursions
  • Quad Biking
  • Horse Riding & Bike-Hire
  • Helicopter Ride over Blyde River Canyon
  • Afrocology Spa Treatments

Safari Moon is ideal base to explore the wonders of what the Lowveld has to offer. Activities can be booked during your stay, from a day in the Kruger National Park, a tour of the Blyde River Canyon boat ride to horse riding in the estate. We recommend planning activities prior to arrival which can be arranged with Nicola via email at -  bookings@safarimoon.co.za. 




Daily Schedule

Daily schedules change according to what guests have planned or pre-booked for the duration of their bush vacation.

A typical day at Safari Moon will include a leisurely breakfast on the pool deck where you can enjoy a morning melody of bird-song under a canopy of Balinese sunshades.

The day is yours, if you are not booked onto any activities, spend time by the pool, take in the views with a drink on the deck, wonder the estate or simply read and relax on your private balcony.

Dinners are served communal style under the Ardmore wall with fellow travellers and even your hosts. However a private table can always be arranged to meet guests needs and for anyone celebrating special occasions. 

Check in 14:00 / Check out 10:30   


  • Breakfast can be ordered from 07:30 - 10:00
  • Dinners are served at - 19:00
  • Safari Moon Bar | Open all day 

Please Note: Guests must pre-book  dinners & demonstrations in advance) 

When to Go

The Kruger region is considered a year-round destination and has two distinct seasons depending on your desired safari experience. 

May - October is the dry season and is regarded as one of the best times for game-viewing opportunities as all life is drawn to the remaining water-sources.

Wildlife is more easily spotted in the thinning foliage and open areas during this time of year. You guessed it, it gets chilly in Winter so remember your beanies, scarves and varied safari attire for those crisp early mornings and evenings on safari. These month we relish the crackle of our cosy boma fire and enjoy alfresco fireside dining on clear and starry nights. 

The summer rains bring life and colour back to the bush-veld from November - April and offers more of a scenic experience on safari.

This time of year life abounds the veld as many animals give birth, providing a predator’s paradise. The bush is beautiful this time of year with every viridescent shade imaginable, replenished waterholes and flourishing wildlife. The thicker vegetation just means you may have to search a little harder, but bird-watching proves effortless as migratory birds are around for the summer.

This time of year the temperatures can reach their 40’s, humidity can get quite high and downpours are expected, these don’t usually last long and often provide spectacular skies and thrilling thunderstorms. Summer is perfect for a lightweight wardrobe, but don’t forget your swimsuit and raincoat. In summer you’ll be keen to cool off in the pool.. but complete the scene by ordering a crisp classic G&T at the Safari moon bar.  African afternoons at their best. 

What to Pack

Need some help with your Africa Travel packing list? We’ve listed a few essential suitcase items and inspiration:  


  • If walking is on your safari itinerary we recommend packing a variety of lightweight, neutral-coloured items. Think shades of sand, beige, tan, khaki, brown and green. You want to blend into the bush when walking in nature. 
  • Winter Essentials: Beanies, scarfs, jackets & lots of layers! 
  • Summer Essentials: Swimsuit, raincoat & mosquito repellent 
  • Suitable walking shoes & Sandals 
  • Sun Protection:  Sunscreen, hat, water, UV protected sunglasses 
  • Antimalarials & Insect repellent (Consult doctor prior to departure) 
  • Binoculars / Cameras / Devices / Chargers 
  • Face-mask / Buff Scarf / Sanitiser / Personal First Aid Kit 
  • Must-read books to bring: Lobombo Journals, Jock Of The Bush-veld, Elephant Bloodline & A Game Ranger Remembers

What to Expect

Safari Moon is boutique bush lodge located in the secure and scenic Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate, accommodating up to 12 guests in 6 contemporary suites. Shaded by a canopy of grey-hue Balinese parasols, the pool deck is where breakfast is served alfresco in the mornings and where guests can relax on comfortable sun loungers and unwind by the pool in the afternoons. 

Breakfast can be added to your stay at Safari Moon and is served between 7.30 - 10.00.  Should breakfast be needed prior to this time an order can be placed the day before and a picnic style breakfast will be left in your fridge to eat at your own leisure / game drive. 

Nicola’s 3-course dinner menu can be requested prior to arrival. Packed breakfasts and homemade picnic lunches for day trips can also be easily arranged in advance. 

The Wildlife Estate is secure with electric fencing, 24 hour access control & security guards. The central hub of the quaint Hoedspruit is just a short walk from the gates where you can shop, stock up, and take a stroll around town. There is plenty to do in the wildlife estate itself, from self-game drives and walking trails to bird hides, bike hire and horse-riding, you don’t have to travel very far for find adventure amongst the wildlife. 

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