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Hoedspruit is located in Limpopo
 Hoedspruit shown within Limpopo
Coordinates: 24°21′S 30°58′E / 24.350°S 30.967°E / -24.350; 30.967Coordinates: 24°21′S 30°58′E / 24.350°S 30.967°E / -24.350; 30.967
Country South Africa
Province Limpopo
District Mopani
Municipality Maruleng
Established 1869
 • Total 24.13 km2 (9.32 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,157
 • Density 130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 39.4%
 • Coloured 5.0%
 • Indian/Asian 2.8%
 • White 52.3%
 • Other 0.5%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 44.8%
 • English 19.7%
 • Northern Sotho 11.7%
 • Tsonga 6.2%
 • Other 17.6%
Postal code (street) 1380
PO box 1380
Area code 015

Hoedspruit (Afrikaans for Hat Creek) is a town situated at the foot of the Klein Drakensberg (Afrikaans for "Small Dragon Mountains" range), in the Limpopo province of South Africa, on the railway line from Tzaneen to Kaapmuiden.


The town, while still small, has grown in recent years. Due to its proximity to private game reserves and the Kruger National Park, eco-tourism is a major contributor to the local economy.

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre engages in research and breeding of endangered species, notably cheetah, African wild dog and black-footed cat.[2]

Air Force Base Hoedspruit and Eastgate Airport[edit]

Air Force Base Hoedspruit is home to 19 Squadron, a helicopter unit of the South African Air Force.[3] The civil Eastgate Airport, which shares the Air Force base's airfield[4] is, as of May 2015, served by South African Express scheduled flights[5] and several charter operators.[6]

A feasibility study was conducted[when?] on whether the airport could be upgraded to international status.[citation needed] The airport accommodated 57 000 passengers between 2008 and 2009[citation needed] and has the capacity to handle between 10 000 and 11 000 additional passengers.[citation needed]


Hoedspruit has various primary and secondary schools:


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Hoedspruit". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre". Hesc.co.za. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  3. ^ "Hoedspruit Airport Manyeleti - Easy flight access to Kruger Airport and Manyeleti Game Reserve". Manyeleti.com. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  4. ^ "Hoedspruit Airport - General Information". Eastgateairport.co.za. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  5. ^ "Hoedspruit Airport - Flight Schedules". Eastgateairport.co.za. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  6. ^ "Hoedspruit Airport - Private Charters". Eastgateairport.co.za. Retrieved 2015-05-13.