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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: 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
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:52 pm 
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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
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:30 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Direct flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit
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Eliz, sorry I looked at flying to Nelspruit directly from CT ... but I have since checked flying directly to Hoedspruit from CT, and return it is also over the top ... for mid Nov, return for one:
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Base fare

ZAR 4230
Taxes and
Surcharges

ZAR 2034
Total

ZAR 6264

That is going via ORT on the up flight, and direct back to CT.

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 Post subject: Re: Direct flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit
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Yes, I also looked at the prices for that flight a while back, and think they are outrageous! Even O R Thabo to Hoedspruit is over the top. :x


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 Post subject: Re: Direct flight from Cape Town to Hoedspruit
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CPT-HDS, JNB-HDS and JNB-PHW are monopoly routes, with a very high percentage of overseas tourists heading to and from private game lodges. The airlines concerned, SAX and Airlink, have no problem with ripping these passengers off.

If you book these flights in SA, you may sometimes find availability in the discounted fare buckets, but if you book overseas you almost without fail have to settle for a full-fare ticket. The other day I was charged €359 for a return to Phalaborwa, that's just shy of R4,000.00.

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