As the main gateway to the many wildlife areas and natural hotspots of the Greater Kruger area, Hoedspruit is a bustling eco-tourism hub that is constantly expanding.

Directly translated from Afrikaans, the name Hoedspruit simply means the “Hat Creek”, which was so given by its first official resident, Mr Dawid Johannes Joubert who was the first farmer to settle in the area. Sometime back in 1844, the Zandspruit River, where Mr Joubert chose to farm came down in flood, and he lost his hat to the river.

A hat was a very sought after asset back in the 1800’s, and of course Mr Joubert was angry with the river, and the name Hoedspruit was given to the area, thanks to the Zandspruit River that stole his hat.

Surrounded by the Blyde River Canyon, a myriad of river and drainage systems, as well as some of the most pristine natural areas in Southern Africa, Hoedspruit offers some of the best wildlife and adventure experiences in the entire world. There are a variety of accommodation options for every budget, great restaurants in and out of town, business services and a host of tourist attractions to satisfy every need.

Affectionately known to its residents as “Hoedies” or “The Hoed” this safari and nature hub is fast becoming the number one destination in the Limpopo Province.

Hoedspruit is a year-round destination, and each season brings its own changes and special visitors. Wildlife enthusiasts, bird watchers, nature lovers and hikers will find their peace of mind here. From adventure activities, experiential stays, luxury safari lodges, endless nature trails and mountains, there is truly something for everyone here in The Hoed.

Trevor Jordan was instrumental in bringing big game onto the borders of the town of Hoedspruit, with the result that the presence and natural wonder of the animals draw over 500 000 visitors to the area annually.

Hoedspruit is located in a subtropical zone

The average temperature in summer is between 28 to 40 degrees Celsius with beautiful and spectacular thunderstorms in the evenings. Winters are mild and dry with a night-time average temperature of 5 degrees Celsius. Days are generally warm in the mid twenties with beautiful clear skies, day and night.

It is always advisable however, to keep a raincoat or jersey handy as the weather can be unpredictable.

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