Hoedspruit is in the eastern Lowveld region of the Limpopo Province, just north of the provincial boundary with Mpumalanga.
It is located halfway between the Blyde River Canyon (fourth largest canyon in the world) and the Kruger National Park’s Orpen Gate.
There are several routes for the motorist from Johannesburg.
The best way to get to Southern Cross Schools is on the N4 (a toll road) East from Johannesburg or Pretoria to Belfast; turn North (left) (to Belfast) onto the R36, which will take you through Belfast then Dullstroom, Lydenburg, Ohrigstad and the Abel Erasmus Pass. Once through the pass you descend into the Lowveld – a magnificent drive – and the R36 now becomes the R527, 15 km to Hoedspruit. This route is about 440 km, about four and half hour’s drive from Johannesburg.
As you approach Hoedspruit on the R527 you pass the turn off to Drakensig – the Air Force Base – and on your right you will see the entrance gate of the Raptors’ View Wildlife Estate. Enter this gate and follow the short dirt road – 100 m – to the school reception. Please present yourself to the secretary in the administrative building.
Eastgate Airport, 15 km from town, has daily connecting flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town. There are also car rental companies at the airport and a number of reliable shuttle services to the town.