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Hoedspruit – Safari Capital of South Africa

Hoedspruit is the safari capital of South Africa. The rapid growing town is popular for eco travel, wildlife enthusiasts and serves as a travelhub to reserves like the Kruger National Park. Read more about Hoedspruit.

Hoedspruit in numbers

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Hoedspruit has a quickly growing international community of residents who all share a passion for nature and wildlife. With the facilities that the town has to offer (supermarkets, shops etc.), it is a comfortable and safe place to live and work. Because the town is surrounded by large game reservers, like the Kruger Park, it has earned the name of being the safari capital of South Africa. 


Hoedspruit has a range of shops to cater to all needs. There are three big supermarkets, four liquor stores, 3 garages and a multitude of stores for clothing, camping gear, souvenirs and many more. Here is a list of shops in Hoedspruit for when you want to do grocery shopping.

Must sees

  1. Kruger Park
  2. Panorama Route
  3. Blyde Canyon Nature Reserve (with Blyde Dam boat safari)
  4. Mariepskop
  5. Moholoholo Rescue Center
  6. HESC (Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre)
  7. Private reserves like Thornybush, Timbavati, Balule and Klasserie

Hoedspruit Restaurants

Hoedspruit is promising to become a culinary destination next to a safari destination with an increasing number of good restaurants. There are pubs like the Brewery and more fine dining restaurants like the Hat and Creek. At the moment the town consists of more than 21 restaurants.

Hoedspruit Airports

Hoedspruit has two airports, the main one being Eastgate (HDS). This is the airport with connections to Johannesburg and Cape Town and is the one mainly used to travel to and from Hoedspruit. 

The other airport is Hoedspruit Civil, which is mainly used for private flights and sports. 

Accommodations in Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit is an excellent destination for a safari holiday and the town offers plenty of accommodations. If you are looking for a private luxury villa we recommend taking a look at the Nomads Den villas which have a private swimming pool and one of the best locations in Hoedspruit. Wild animals like giraffe, nyala, impala and warthogs are often seen and you are free to safely explore the bush from the villas. The restaurants in town are only a short drive away.

More advise on your Hoedspruit visit?

We are very happy to help you get the most out of your visit to Hoedspruit. Keep an eye on this blog for more inside tips. Or book our accommodation in Hoedspruit where we can provide you with assistance to explore Hoedspruit further.

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Pim van de Leur Travel Expert and Photographer
South Africa, Kruger Park and Hoedspruit Travel expert with many years of experience. Photographer and video creator for the hospitality sector.
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