Just 8km outside of Hoedspruit, in the middle of the bush, lies the Eastgate Airport, the gateway to the heartland of the country’s abundant wildlife in private game reserves, the world-famous Kruger National Park, and the towns of Tzaneen and Phalaborwa. It really looks tiny but the airport is probably the best airport I have been to in South Africa. It is kept spotlessly clean, the furnishings are luxurious and the service is very good. Below you can see all the vehicles waiting for the next load of tourists to take into the bush. As you can see, parking is not a problem either.
- Second longest runway in South Africa.
- Earmarked for NASA shuttle landing in the 1980’s.
- Being a CAT5/7 airport, Eastgate can accommodate any sized aircraft from an Antonov 124, to an Airbus, to a Papa Charlie.
(obviously not as tiny as it looks then!)