The region mainly produces citrus fruit like naartjies, lemons, grapefruit and oranges, but is also a major grower of mangos.
Here are a few other interesting facts you may not have known about this charming hamlet - more reasons to book your flight to Hoedspruit from Johannesburg:
- The gorgeous, little Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit is one of the busiest airports in Limpopo and reportedly handles more passengers than the Polokwane International Airport
- Hoedspruit boasts the largest privately owned conservation area in the world
- Tourists are able to view South Africa’s iconic Big 5 in the nearby Kruger Park and also on some of the privately owned nature reserves
- There is a non-profit organisation called Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre which works hard to conserve endangered animals. Tourists are welcome to observe and learn about endangered species on many of the conservation programmes
- The area is a leader in conducting research and in breeding endangered species in South Africa. Breeding programmes are conducted for, among others cheetahs, blue cranes, wild dogs, wild cats and the very rare black-footed cats
- Hoedspruit is an Afrikaans word which is loosely translated to “Hat Creek” or “Hat Stream”
- The town has an Air Force Base which was officially opened on 1 July 1978 and which still forms part of the South African Air Force.
- In 2000, the Air Force Base hosted the United States Air Force’s rescue contingent. The rescue mission was to provide relief and support to Mozambique after floods from Cyclone Eline ravaged and destroyed much of this country.
- The town is situated between the Kruger National Park and the Blyde River Canyon which is the third largest canyon in the world
- Dawid Johannes Joubert was the first official land owner of the Hoedspruit farm