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Hoedspruit South Africa the Big5 Capital

Hoedspruit South Africa

the Big5 Capital

Hoedspruit South Africa is the Big5 capital of South Africa, Limpopo Province in the Mopani District in the Maruleng Municipality.

Hoedspruit is the Afrikaans word for “hat creek”. The farm was registered on the 5th of May 1848 after a local farmer lost his hat in the creek after a heavy rain storm.

Where is Hoedspruit?

Hoedspruit is a small town in Limpopo Province South Africa. It borders the Greater Kruger National Park and is only 75 km from other Orpen Gate or Phalaborwa Gate to the Kruger National Park. Hoedspruit is also an ideal place to visit the Panorama Route and the Blyde River Canyon.

How far is Hoedspruit from Johannesburg?

520km via the preferred route along the N1 (Polokwane) and then take the R71 Tzaneen and follow the signs to Hoedspruit.

Alternative routes through Belfast, Dullstroom and Ohrigstad (N4, R540 & R36) or via Mbombela (Nelspruit N4) and Hazyview Traveling

What is the travelling time from Gauteng?

It will take you about and 5 hours 30 minutes to reach Hoedspruit from Gauteng.

How far is Hoedspruit from?

Hoedspruit to Mbombela/Nelspruit – 165 km along the R40 2 hours 50 minutes

Hoedspruit to Hazyview – 140 km along the R40 1 hour 50

Hoedspruit to Polokwane – 220 km along the R71 2 hours 45 minutes

What is Hoedspruit’s Altitude?

Hoedspruit is 535 meters (1745 feet) ASL. The region forms part of the Lowveld low risk malaria area.

Hoedspruit Weather?

Hoedspruit is in a summer rain fall area – October to May, with December, January and February been the big rain months. June to September ae relatively dry months and best for game viewing. October through to March are warmest months with average temperatures just over 30 Celsius (86 Fahrenheit). Summer months can also get very humid but the winter months seldom drop below 10 Celsius. Bring a hat and sun cream.

Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport and Civil Airfield

Daily flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Hoedspruit Airport. The Eastgate Airport is part of the 19 Squadron Helicopter Air Force Base Hoedspruit. The GPS Coordinates S 24 21 17 E 31 03 01 at 531m / 1742 ft AMSL The runway 18/36 is 3991 meters long. Flights can be booked though Air Link or CemAir.

Hoedspruit also has a Civil Airfield owned by the Hoedspruit Flying Club and is in town.

The GPS Coordinates S 24 21.100 E030 56 E30 56 583 Runway 35-17 (1200m x 9m Asphalt) Altitude are 1800ft (550m).

Avgas available and no prior permission is required

Hoedspruit Medical Facilities

Hoedspruit does not have a government or private hospital. The nearest medical facility is the Medi-Clinic in Tzaneen, about 125 km away. However the Hoedspruit Medical Centre in town has doctors, dentists and other medical practitioners.

Hoedspruit Accommodation

Cheap accommodation in Hoedspruit is hard to come by, but there are many affordable self-catering lodges, guest houses, AirBnB, Bed and breakfast and all inclusive safari lodges in the Hoedspruit area.

Hoedspruit is South Africa’s Big5 Capital is a town in the lowveld Limpopo Province South Africa, surrounded by private game reserves and the Greater Kruger National Park. The town is divided by a railway line that runs from Tzaneen and Phalaborwa down to Richards Bay. The South African Air Force Base just outside Hoedspruit is  helicopter base unit, and shares the airport facilities with Eastgate Airport, a civilian airport that can handle up to 10 000 passengers a year. Daily flights from OR Tambo airport and Cape Town airport makes it very convenient for tourists to fly to the numerous private game reserves within an hour’s drive from the Hoedspruit airport.

Hoedspruit is the Gateway to Kruger National Park

There are a variety of accommodation options in Hoedspruit. The Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate has more than 50 accommodation options, self-catering lodges with 2 to 8 bedrooms, B&B Lodges some with dinner on a request, DBB Lodges and self contained Private Villa’s that sleep 8 to 16 guests. Zanspruit Bush and Aero Estate and Raptors View Wildlife Estate have similar holiday accommodation options available.

Hoedspruit Shops – the Kamogelo Tourist Centre has a variety of 30 shops including 5 different restaurants serving tapas, sea food, Indian cuisine, hamburgers, steaks, pizzas, and great coffee with pastries. There is a camera shop for all your last-minute photographic needs before you go off to the Kruger Park. A variety of clothing stores, a ladies boutique clothing store, Bureau de Change, bookshop, cell phone shop, a leather shop, curio shop and 2 jewelry shops will keep you busy. There is ample parking and clean toilets in the Center.

Hoedspruit South Africa – Gateway to Kruger Park

There are more pubs in 30 other restaurants, pub & grill, pizzerias, coffee shops and bistros in town and the surrounding area including Spur Steak Ranch, Wimpy, KFC and Mugg & Bean.

Hoedspruit has 3 shopping centers in town, Pick n Pay, Spar and La Bamba, all with a great variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, and groceries if you are self-catering or stocking up on your way to Kruger National Park. The town has 5 liquor stores that have a great assortment of good South African wines, spirits, and beers.

ABSA, Standard, FNB and Capitec Bank all have branches in Hoedspruit. There are plenty of ATM machines to draw cash. There are two tyre repair shops, Dunlop Zone and Hi-Q Tyres. Toyota, Nissan and Mahindra all have workshops in Hoedspruit. There are three chemists for medical supplies and a medical center, with doctor’s rooms, however there isn’t a Private Hospital in Hoedspruit. The nearest medical facility is a Mediclinic, an hour’s Tzaneen, just over one hours drive away.

Your ideal base to visit the Panorama Route, Blyde Canyon is Hoedspruit. Take a Blyde dam boat cruises or a 45-minute drive to Orpen Gate Kruger National Park. These three tourist routes are all within an easy day’s outing. With horse trails, mountain bike routes, quad bike safari, hot air ballooning, white-water rafting, and so much more. There is plenty to keep you busy in the Hoedspruit area.

If you are looking for a Hoedspruit safari tour, safari holiday bookings, or safari lodges near Hoedspruit, just contact Anthony wh will assist you with finding your ideal holiday in the lowveld.

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