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Hoedspruit Introduction

Located in Valley of the Olifants, in the middle of numerous game reserves, Hoedspruit is the place to go if you're wild about wildlife. From Hoedspruit, you can embark on a safari to watch Big Five game animals – lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and Cape buffalo. Hoedspruit (Afrikaans for "hat creek") also markets itself as an ecotourism destination. It's home to a number of conservation groups and rehabilitation centres aiming to rescue and protect endangered animals. Hoedspruit is additionally an agricultural hub – the town is a major citrus producer in South Africa.

Hotels in Hoedspruit

The array of hotels in Hoedspruit is mostly made up of guest lodges and holiday villas. Most of these accommodation options are upscale properties catering to tourists. They typically offer luxurious rooms in well-designed homes with landscaped gardens and swimming pools. These high-end picks might also include fitness centres and meeting rooms and provide spa services and childcare. Holiday villas in Hoedspruit are just as swanky, but also offer the comforts of a home away from home, including fully equipped kitchens. There are a few budget hotels in Hoedspruit. They offer a limited range of amenities, but are comfortable and possess some charm.

Where to stay

Some of the hotels in Hoedspruit are in the town centre, which is the commercial and administrative heart of Hoedspruit. This is where the municipal hall and many shops are located. If you venture to Raptor's View Wildlife Estate, you'll find even more guest lodges. Raptor's View is a residential neighbourhood that shares the land with wild plains game. Here you can interact freely with animals and birds. Most of Hoedspruit's hotels are located in Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate. This upscale neighbourhood is similarly set up as Raptor's View in that African plains fauna such as impala and warthogs can freely move around.

Things to see

Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate is a residential area both for humans and wild animals. Here, it's entirely possible to step out of your door and encounter warthogs and kudus. It's popular among tourists and locals alike who want to experience bush living without giving up modern comforts. Hoedspruit has a number of conservation centres dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating endangered animals. One of them is the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. Situated in the private Kapama Game Reserve, the centre is home primarily to cheetahs but also to wild dogs, rhinos, sable antelopes and wild cats. The centre is also an anti-poaching advocate. Another Hoedspruit-based conservation facility is the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Moholoholo rescues animals that have been injured or abandoned and gives them permanent shelter if they can no longer survive in the wild. The animals you'll find here include cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, lions, vultures and eagles.

How to get to Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit has two airports nearby. The Hoedspruit Aero-dome only handles private chartered flights. Outside of the town is Air Force Base Hoedspruit. At the base is Eastgate Airport, which allows limited commercial flights. Only South African Express is permitted to land there. This airline runs daily flights from Johannesburg and thrice-weekly flights from Cape Town. An alternative option you may take is driving from Nelspruit or Hazyview. Nelspruit is 163 kilometres or 2 and half hours' drive away from Hoedspruit. Hazyview is much closer at 99 kilometres, which will take you an hour and a half to cover. Both are on the R40 road.