Hoedspruit Holiday Guide


Hoedspruit is a small town in the south of Mpumalanga in the Limpopo Province. It is both a railway and road junction and is a convenient platform for “big 5” tourism. It is located a short drive away from both the Orpen and the Phalaborwa gates of the world famous Kruger National Park.

It is located even closer to the private game areas of Klaserie and Timbavati. The Sabi Sands game areas are also a short distance away.

Here towering cliffs meet endless expanses of bush veld, the realm of the Big Five, where vast plains, covered with marula, acacia, combretum and mopani woodlands, stretch as far as the eye can see. Here, in dappled sunlight and on open African veld, you can experience the sights, sounds and textures of an eco-system time forgot. Here you can witness the private lives of over 80 common mammal species, over 400 bird species and a great variety of amphibian and insect life. While you are here, remember too that this was the cradle of mankind, the womb of which sprang modern man, hundreds of thousands of years ago, to scratch out an uncertain existence in one of the most hostile places on earth.

Even now, there is evidence aplenty of man’s battle to survive. More and more evidence is being found that this area is where man’s first ancestors appeared in South Africa.

The Location of Hoedspruit

Longitude: 30º 57º 0” E

Latitude: 24º 21º 0” S

Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa borders on the Kruger National park and is located in an area known as the ‘Valley of the Olifants’.

The Hoedspruit Vibe

This town is a premier eco-tourist destination for visitors to game lodges and private reserves. With its ever present views on the Drakensberg escarpment and abutting the Kruger National Park, Hoedspruit is unsurprisingly surrounded by beautiful game-rich country-side and is imbued with a distinctive rural charm.

Hoedspruit itself is very small and most of the attractions are nature related.

Hoedspruit – Amenities

Hoedspruit is an area rich in tourist attractions such as wildlife, scenery, mountains, rivers, dams, archaeology, cultural and ethnic attractions and other important sites associated with the history of the region. Here between bushveld trees tourists can see many wildlife species including the Big 5.

Places to see in and around Hoedspruit


  • Kruger National Park
  • Polokwane Museum
  • The Land of Modjaji – The Rain Queen
  • Bakone Malapa Museum
  • Polokwane Art Museum
  • Mapungubwe Museum
  • Mogalakwena Craft Village
  • Modjaji Cycad Forest
  • The largest Boabab tree in the world
  • Makapan Valley World Heritage Site
  • Arend Dieperink Museum
  • The Woodbush State Forest
  • Cyril Jackson Observatory
  • Niyani Tribal Village
  • Swadini Reptile Park
  • The McNeil Clivia Collection in the Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve


Hoedspruit Activities


  • Angling
  • Hiking trails
  • Bird watching
  • Game watching, drives and safaris
  • Balloon safaris
  • Forest camping
  • Boat cruises
  • Microlight flights
  • White river rafting
  • Kayaking
  • Horse riding
  • Quad biking
  • 4X4 trails
  • Abseiling


Eating out in Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit has a few restaurants, coffee shops and pubs:

Hoedspruit restaurants :


  • Sleepers Railway Restaurant
  • The Cheetah Inn
  • Ambri Africa
  • Jos McDonald’s Bush Pub
  • Khaki and Olive
  • The Trading Post
  • Wimpy
  • The Deli
  • Eden Tea Garden


Guesthouses in Hoedspruit

Please use the links below to access more details on the featured guest houses, where indicated read the owners/ manager page for the inside story!!

Jabulani Guesthouse

Khumbula Guesthouse

Leopards View Guesthouse

Alternatively access our comprehensive guest house directory here