The Maruleng Municipality was first established in 1997 under the name Hoedspruit/ Makutswi TLC. Named after the Marula tree (Maruleng means the 'place of Marula'), it prides itself with agriculture and tourism. The Municipality is the home of Hoedspruit, the tourism Mecca of Limpopo - particularly for visitors who prefer nature and wild animals. Bordering on the Kruger National Park, Hoedspruit lies in the heart of the central Lowveld and is conveniently situated to explore the many game lodges, game reserves and other attractions in the vicinity. Here towering cliffs meet endless expanses of bushveld, where vast plains of marula, acacia, combretum and mopane woodlands accommodate a wealth of wildlife and stretch as far as the eye can see. The Municipality is also known for its agricultural strengths, the Blyde Valley sugar and Letsitele citrus plantations.