The family-owned Tshukudu Private Game Reserve boasts an excellent location near Hoedspruit and offers a memorable safari experience for all. The Game Reserve borders the Greater Kruger National Park and provides a plethora of outdoor recreation for safari-goers to enjoy. Tshukudu Private Game Reserve spans approximately 4,000 hectares of unspoiled bush, sheltering an abundance of wildlife and birdlife today. Tshukudu Game Reserve was established in 1980 on the site of a former cattle ranch. Despite the presence of various antelope species and giraffes on the land, a variety of animals have to be reintroduced. The rhinoceros was one of the first, hence the name “Tshukudu,” which means “rhino” in Sotho.
Tshukudu Private Game Reserve is located about four kilometres outside of Hoedspruit on the R40 and makes an amazing destination for a weekend getaway in the bush.
Today. Tshukudu boasts an abundance of game and birdlife, and the bush has returned to its natural state. The beautiful Acacia and Marula trees give the area a true African bushveld feel, and the sunsets over the Drakensberg Mountains are simply stunning. The Private Game Reserve has cared for, nurtured, and reintroduced many wildlife species over the years, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, servals, caracals, civets, genets, buffalo, giraffes, impalas, duikers, zebras, wildebeest, warthogs, kudu, waterbuck, and eland.
The best time to visit Tshukudu Private Game Reserve is during the dry winter months between May and September. The vegetation thins out during this time of year, and animals concentrate around waterholes and rivers. As the winter continues, the weather improves, and September is especially pleasant.
Those opting to stay at Tshukudu can enjoy an array of safari activities. Guests can connect with the orphaned animals and go for walks with some of them, in addition to seeing all of the big and small wildlife species in their natural habitat. Morning walking safaris are fantastic, while the afternoons are reserved for guided game drives with professional rangers. Various animals have been cared for, nurtured, and released into the bush over the years, and Tshukudu specializes in rehabilitating large cats. Their lion breeding program began in 1986.
Tshukudu Private Game Reserve has eight cottages for those wishing to stay overnight. Each cottage comes with air conditioning and can sleep between two and six guests. The bush camp has an indoor and outdoor dining area, as well as a cosy boma for evening braais or barbeques. DSTV and Wi-Fi are available.