The busy and fast-growing hub of Hoedspruit sits in Limpopo province, just north of the border with Mpumalanga. It is an important gateway to the Kruger Lowveld region and to the Kruger National Park. Myriad scenic drives and activities are on offer, but it's largely through its wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centres that Hoedspruit has made its name. No trip to the region is complete without an in-depth tour of one of these venues, established to highlight and mitigate the detrimental effect man has had on this delicate natural environment.
Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport has the second longest runway in South Africa (after Upington) and was earmarked for a NASA shuttle landing in the 1980s. The space race even reached Kruger Lowveld!