Hoedspruit, an Afrikaans word meaning Hat Creek, is a small tourism and agriculturally orientated town in the central lowveld nestled between the Kruger National Park and the Blyde River Canyon.

The farming is primarily mango and citrus production; and the town is surrounded by private game reserves and eco-tourism is a significant contributor to the local economy.

The town is also home to Hoedspruit Air force Base housing 19 Squadron, a helicopter unit of the South African Air Force. The civil Eastgate Airport, which shares the Air Force base’s airfield, accommodates several daily SA Express flights linking the area to Johannesburg and Cape Town.

See Wild About Hoedspruit for more details on the town and surrounds.

Falling under the Maruleng Municipality, Hoedspruit is a growing town with a strong community spirit.  There are several Facebook sites for the town –

Hoedspruit Town

Hoedspruit Village & Surrounds

Hoedspruit Info

Positively Hoedspruit

The Hoedspruit Chamber of Commerce is actively working with several local stake holders to improve the town’s standing and promote regular farmer’s markets and fund raising events.  Find their Facebook Page here.

 

 

From ballooning over the canyon, boat cruises on the Blyde Dam at Swadini, various hiking trails to the iconic Mariepskop mountain – the area is rich in attractions and activities.

At 1945m above sea level Mariepskop is the highest peak in the northern Drakensberg Escarpment. Its height has led to the presence of the military radar equipment on the top of the mountain that has aided the preservation of the area. It is very scenic and is botanically diverse and offers fantastic views. Added attractions here are forest walking trails, the Klaserie Falls and the Blyde Picnic Site.  It is run by the Department of Water & Forestry and an entry permit is required from the office (during office hours) on the mountain. Call 015 793 2581/3 for weekend or after hours permits.

There are several wildlife centres in the area:

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

Kinyonga Reptile Centre

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre