Hoedspruit, a small town situated at the foot of the Klein Drakensberg, is a 279-mile (449 km) drive from Johannesburg. Depending on your preferred method of transport, getting between these two towns can take anything between one hour by plane and nine hours by bus.

The quickest method of travel is a direct flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit Airport. Travelers may also use a private transfer, car or bus although these are less convenient. Those traveling by car who are interested in exploring more of Limpopo, Hoedspruit’s province, should look at this guide to South Africa’s top regions.

By Plane

Duration: 1 hour

A one-hour flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit is the quickest and most convenient method of travel. After arriving, travelers can either get a private transfer or rent a car at the airport to get around the town. A private transfer may offer travelers additional guidance on things to do in Hoedspruit. For those who choose to self-drive, the roads are in good condition and travelers should be aware of animals on the road.

By Car or Private Transfer

Duration: 5-5.5 hours

Traveling by car is more time-consuming than flying but may appeal to those hoping to see more of the country. Private transfers are available or travelers can rent a car in Johannesburg. The quickest route is along the N12 highway. This takes just over five hours. Dullstroom, a small subtropical town, is a good place to stop for lunch or overnight en route.

Alternatively, travelers can leave the N12 highway at the town Emalahleni, drive along the R36 highway and return to the N12 highway at the town Lydenburg. This route will take an extra 15 minutes. Those who choose to drive should keep cash or a credit card accessible for the pay tolls.

By Bus

Duration: 7.5-9 hours

While this is the cheapest method of travel, it is the least convenient. The bus trip can take up to nine hours as most bus lines don’t offer a direct route from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit. Those who choose to travel by bus may need to book a ticket to Nelspruit as well as a connecting ticket from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit. Bus delays can make the trip longer. Most bus lines include at least one refreshment stop en route.


Map of How to Get from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit
Map of How to Get from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit