Hectorspruit, Wild Frontier
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Situated due east of the Malalane Rest Camp in the southern reaches of the Kruger National Park, Hectorspruit rests on the popular N4 that connects it with Komatipoort to the east and Nelspruit to the west. This narrow corridor is called the Maputo-Nelspruit development corridor because it is a narrow slip of land that links Swaziland with the Kruger.
Hectorspruit's fame lies in the role it played during the South African (Anglo Boer) War. Despite being at the very reaches of South Africa's eastern borders, or perhaps because of this, General Louis Botha and other leaders began a guerrilla campaign from here that kept them in the playing field for an extra 18 months.
Today the town is a fair sized agricultural centre that serves the myriad surrounding farms that specialise in sugarcane, subtropical fruits (obviously, given the weather) and vegetables. Whilst the origin of a town's name is usually superfluous, in Hectorspruit's case it is fairly interesting, considering that the name once belonged to a dog. This particular dog was owned by the chief surveyor of the Pretoria - Delagoa Bay railway line, so he possibly had an important role to play. Certainly he was well enough loved to provide a town and its stream with his name.
A great many visitors pass through Hectorspruit because of its position in the Maputo Nelspruit development corridor. In the surrounding hills and valleys you can find San rock engravings, whilst the banks of the Crocodile River are atmospheric and at night you hear the sound of wildlife.
Accommodation is on surrounding farms and game farms, and the proximity of the Kruger National Park makes it a popular stopover.
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Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA): The Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, (also referred to as KMIA) is a privately owned airport, operated by Primkop Airport Management (Pty) Ltd. The airport was constructed in an African theme with the Airport Terminal building being under ... more information
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Guided day trips to the Kruger National Park: The largest game reserve in South Africa, the Kruger National Park is nearly 2 million hectares of land that stretch for 20 000 square kilometres, given over to an almost indescribable wildlife experience. Certainly it ranks with the best in Africa and is a flagship ... more information
Mjejane Game Reserve lies on the banks of the crocodile River on the southern end of the Kruger National Park, its borders with the famous park no longer hindered by fences, allowing the free range of game to and fro. This part of the Kruger Park is said to be of the best for game viewing and since it is so very accessible - only 4 ... more information