Hoedspruit is one of the Kruger Lowveld region’s important gateways and is a town which is always abuzz with tourists visiting this special place. Mariepskop Mountain is one of the highest peaks on the northern Drakensburg and the highest point of the Blyde River Canyon. An ecological haven, this mountain has three different biomes which are tropical forests, fynbos and savannah. This varied landscape is the ideal habitat for a wide variety avian, plant and animal species.
Notably a hidden gem, Mariepskop is yet to be discovered by many- locals and visitors alike. Accessible by a scenic winding road, at the top lies the viewing point which is nothing short of magical. This is the ideal spot for a picnic or to just sit an enjoy the view which spans to Phalaborwa and the Kruger National Park. Some opt to hike up the mountain, but caution advised if it has been raining as the ground can be quite slippery. It is also advisable to make use of a community guide, who knows the area very well and is well trained to enhance your hiking experience. These local guides can be arranged in advance with the Mariepskop office on +27 15 793 2581/3 or +27 72 876 7186. Note that there is an additional fee payable for this service, but well worth it. Make sure you explore this wondrous peace of the Kruger Lowveld.