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 Post subject: Hoedspruit (East Gate) Airport
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:26 pm 
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East Gate Airport
Situated in Hoedspruit
74 km from Phalaborwa Gate
68 km from Orpen Gate
93 km from Hazyview
147 km from Nelspruit

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So call it an hour...

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 Post subject: Travelling from Hoedspruit Airport to Orpen Gate ...
Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 8:41 pm 
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Hi all,

I'm considering flying into Hoedpsruit Airport and then driving to Orpen Gate for our next Kruger trip (1st night in the park is at Olifants). How safe is this road to travel on and are there sign posts along the way for directions?


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 Post subject: Re: Travelling from Hoedspruit Airport to Orpen Gate ...
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Safe and good road
Travelled a part from Orpen gate to Klaserie a few days ago
Watch out for ellies when you are near the Orpen gate 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Travelling from Hoedspruit Airport to Orpen Gate ...
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I agree. It is quite safe and the road is in good condition. Animals are the biggest worry, especially near Orpen. There are not that much human activity. It is game country with lots of wild animals. So do check the speed, and keep your eyes open. In places there are fences that are down, so antelope and even elephant is a possibility. But even the best game fences do not easily stop antelope such as kudu, and warthog.

I would not like driving that area at night, because of the animals, it is very risky. But I imagine you will be doing it by day.

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 Post subject: Hoedspruit Airport
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Hi all!
We have just learned that we will probably have to fly one of our family members back to Joburg in the middle of our upcoming Kruger trip. I hope some forumites can help with the following questions:
1) Is Hoedspruit Airport a viable/efficiently run airport - eg do planes leave on time?(We have time constraints.)
2)Are the roads from Orpen gate( R531 to Klaserie,then R40 to Hoedspruit) in good condition?
3) How long will it take us to get to Hoedspruit Airport from Orpen Gate?

OR is it advisable rather to consider Nelspruit or Phalaborwa airports? We will be staying at Satara Restcamp.

Any input would be greatly appreciated!
Thanx!

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 Post subject: Re: Questions: Hoedspruit Airport and condition/safety of r
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We have flown in and out of Hoedspruit fairly often and the flights are painless.
In May we flew in on a de Havilland and out on a jet which cut our flying time by half.
The little airport is very efficient although I must say the flights do not come cheap.
The trip from Orpen is an easy one - about 70 kms to Hoedspruit if my memory serves me correctly and another 20 or so kms to the airport so easily doable in an hour or so!

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 Post subject: Re: Questions: Hoedspruit Airport and condition/safety of r
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There are very few schedule flights out of Hoedspruit, and keep in mind that there are two airports at Hoedspruit.
The civil airport will not be any help to you, the other one, East Gate, has very few flights.
Your best bet would be KMIA close to Nelspruit, they have regular flights to JHB and DBN.
You could also try Phalaborwa, but these flights are pricey, in the region of R1500 one way to JHB but there are three a day.


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 Post subject: Re: Questions: Hoedspruit Airport and condition/safety of road
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We flew in and out of Eastgate with no problems. It is a very nice little airport, and an easy trip from Orpen with good roads the whole way.

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 Post subject: Re: Questions: Hoedspruit Airport and condition/safety of road
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There is a flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit and out again every single day and on some days there are two! From a time point of view Hoedspruit is far more doable than KMIA!

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 Post subject: Re: Phalaborwa or KMIA
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The differance in price between landing in Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa is next too nothing. Airlink flies on both airports.


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 Post subject: Direct flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit
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See in paper today that a direct flight service will begin tomorrow from Cape town to Hoedspruit, twice a week on a 50 seater.


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 Post subject: Re: Direct flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit
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Direct??? Very nice. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Direct flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit
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Yup, Tues & Thursday.


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 Post subject: Re: Direct flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit
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Think it was Saa or their SA express


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 Post subject: Re: Direct flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit
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Does anybody know what the tickets cost? :dance:

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