About life in the bushveld, come and live in Hoedspruit

Situated beneath the spectacular Drakensberg escarpment, the quaint little town of Hoedspruit can be likened to the proverbial sleeping giant that has just begun to stir. The town functions as the main conduit to the magnificent central Kruger Park area. Exuding a charm and intrigue, which stems from its original “big game” hunter heritage. The magnificent Marula trees, after which the Maruleng municipality takes its name, dominate the area. It is therefore only fitting that Hoedspruit town holds the municipal seat.

The quality of the undisturbed indigenous fauna and flora is a major draw card to the area. Acting as the springboard to some of Africa’s finest game viewing and lodges, the towns’ amenities range from a local airport to a superb medical centre, quality food stores, and fine restaurants.

Easily accessible to the countries major centers via road or by air, Hoedspruit has fast become one of South Africa’s tourism and lifestyle focal points.

The road trip from Johannesburg takes roughly 5 hours and takes the traveler over the Highveld, along the Abel Erasmus pass, and through the Strijdom tunnel where after the Lowveld stretches out as far as the eye can see. You will be greeted by massive baobab trees, another landmark of the Limpopo region.

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Estate living

Real Estate in Hoedspruit is unique and each estate offers advantages and a unique life style.

If you do not have all the time in the world to explore the options available to you, you can do a fair amount of research beforehand to single out some of the reserves and wildlife estates which might work for you.

Engel & Völkers Hoedspruit can assist you with the individual estates rules and architectural guidelines which need to be followed and this will be good preparation for your trip when you come to Hoedspruit to view properties.

Things to look out for:

  • Pet rules

  • Infrastructure, are roads gravel or tarred

  • What roof types are permitted

  • Where does the water come from

  • Did flooding occur

  • Security

  • Distance to Hoedspruit town and amenities

There are only 2 wildlife reserves in Hoedspruit which make provisions for pets, namely the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate and the Zandspruit Bush and Aero Estate.

Living in Hoedspruit

Buying a property in and around Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit has seen some phenomenal growth in the property market since the new millennium. The Hoedspruit area saw the first residential wildlife estates being developed which at the time was a revolutionary concept providing for wilderness areas within a residential estate where plains game could continue to roam freely. Of course these estates need wildlife management teams and strict rules for residents. On the upside, home owners can watch Africa’s iconic species such as Giraffe from their patios and live in harmony with the natural environment.

Needless to say that the lifestyle draws families and holiday makers alike to this unique area. A good percentage of property owners are foreigners who feature mostly within the second home market but often end up making Hoedspruit their permanent home once retired.

For the more exclusive client our portfolio covers a broad spectrum of products that includes game farms, big 5 reserves and selected private and commercial game lodges as well as share block properties.

Hoedspruit is also providing excellent investment opportunities for investors seeking to purchase and rent out to the ever-growing, unsaturated rental market.

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Hoedspruit has a close knit community where all residents share a common denominator. Residents are here for the quality of life, a life away from the city with the privilege of being in touch with nature.


There can’t be quality of life if a town does not have a good medical support system. And although the nearest hospital for X-rays or surgical treatments is 1 hour 15 minutes away (Tzaneen Medi Clinic) Hoedspruit can still be proud of its medical centre filled with able and committed doctors who are available and offer a 24hrs emergency service.


Hoedspruit town is blessed with an array of schools, both English and Afrikaans medium schools.

We have compiled a list below:

Southern Cross School

  • Private nature based school on Raptors View Wildlife Estate. From pre-school up to Grade 12 with boarding facilities from Grade 8 to 12

  • Enrolment: current 330 learners

  • Contact 015793 0590 (Mitzi van Rensburg)

Hoedspruit Christian School

  • Private school Grade RR -12

  • Enrolment: current 81 learners

  • Contact 015793 2067

Mariepskop Laerskool

  • Grade R – Grade 7

  • Afrikaans medium school in Kampersrus

  • Enrolment: 400 learners

  • Contact 079529 6071

Hoedspruit Höerskool/ High School

  • New public Afrikaans medium school situated on Zandspruit Wildlife Estate.

  • The school currently runs Grade 7 and Grade 8 classes (to grow by one Grade per new school year)

  • Enrolment: 165 learners

  • Contact 060775 1271

Lowveld Academy

  • Private school outside the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate. Grade 8 – 11.

  • Offering boarding from Grade 8 -11 for girls only.

  • Enrolment: 167 learners

  • Contact 015793 3750

Drakensig Laerskool

  • Public school within the residential part of the military base of Hoedspruit.

  • Grade R – Grade 7

  • Enrolment: 400 learners

  • Contact 015793 3756

Baobab Montessori

  • Private pre-primary only Grade 0 - Grade R. Situated on Safari Junction outside Raptors View Wildlife Estate.

  • Enrolment: 50 learners

  • Contact 082957 2772

Book your appointments for a tour of the school grounds or make use of their open days when parents are invited to get to know the schools in action.


10 reasons why you should invest into Hoedspruit

  • growing and strengthening micro-economy

  • proven history of capital growth in wildlife properties

  • quality of life

  • security and safety

  • local attractions, such as third largest canyon in the world

  • culturally dynamic

  • excellent schooling

  • farming and export hub

  • subtropical climate, mild winters

  • convenient access via Eastgate Airport

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