What are the Best Restaurants in Hoedspruit?

While Hoedspruit may be known more for its wildlife and natural attractions than its dining scene, there are several notable restaurants in and around the area. Here are some of the 10 best and well-known restaurants in and around Hoedspruit:

1. Sleepers Railway Station Restaurant

Sleepers Restaurant and Bar is located in the historic station building at Hoedspruit Station. The building has been appropriately renovated, while retaining the station’s ambiance and atmosphere from bygone eras.

Relax at the Puffing Billy bar with a refreshing drink before enjoying a variety of South African cuisine. The menu also includes more general fare, such as excellent pizzas, flawlessly grilled steaks, and fries.


2. The Hat & Creek

The Hat & Creek provides a classy, easy-going atmosphere in a stunning natural environment. Delicious food, high-quality wines, and upbeat music make for an unforgettable dining experience.

Local, new, and old favourites are available on an extensive menu that specialises in meat and seafood prepared with exceptional culinary flare.

The restaurant is family-friendly, with excellent facilities for children and teenagers, allowing parents to fully enjoy their eating experience.


3. Kalimambo Indian Restaurant at Kamogelo Tourism Centre

One of the best places to grab a pub lunch and a few beers is at this establishment, which is located at the back of the Kamogelo Tourist Centre. Another thing that makes Kalimambo famous is its Indian food. Due to the fact that the chef at Kalimambo is originally from Kerala, the restaurant is known for its excellent Chinese and Indian recipes.


4. Maroela Bar

The Maroela Bar is a family-friendly pub and bistro that provides an extensive selection of craft beer, glasses of gin and tonics, and delectable pub food that is a step beyond the competition.

There is a play area that is visible for children, and parents can sit back, relax, and enjoy a meal and a nice beverage.


5. Three Bridges

The Three Bridges Restaurant is located in The Outpost, some 20 kilometers from Hoedspruit along the R40 towards Phalaborwa and overlooks the Olifants River. You might observe buffalo, hippos, elephants, or other wildlife roaming along the river while you eat.


6. Khaya Ndlovu

With a breathtaking view of the Klein Drakensberg mountains, the outdoor restaurant on the decked terrace of the Khaya Ndlovu Manor House is the ideal place to enjoy a great dinner, high tea, tapas, or a sundowner.

The eating room overlooks a marsh that serves as a natural playground for many bird and game species.


7.  The Thirsty Giraffe

The Thirsty Giraffe is a bush bar that provides delicious dishes, including burgers, pizzas, and delectable Espetadas. It is located about 5 kilometres outside town on the R40 towards Phalaborwa.


8. Aragula Experience

The Arugula Experience mixes nature’s serenity with the luxury of fine dining. This gourmet hideaway offers more than just a meal; it also features a tranquil outdoor setting and a children’s play area.

The restaurant is a dining destination where the abundance of local foods complements the sophistication of global culinary arts. Their menu deftly combines traditional South African flavours with Mediterranean flair, Asian complexities, and European sophistication.


9. Blue Mountain Restaurant @ Blyde Wildlife Estate

Blue Mountain Restaurant is a beautiful restaurant and bar with a breath-taking panorama of the Drakensberg mountains. You can take a seat in the interior area that is equipped with air conditioning, particularly on those hot summer days, or you can sit outside on the tables that are designed in the style of a picnic and take in the view of the mountains. 


10. The Hogfather Pub & Porkery

The Hogfather is a casual family-friendly fine dining restaurant and a first of its kind in Hoedspruit. You can enjoy a breakfast, lunch and dinner there and enjoy International, Mediterranean, or Contemporary cuisines

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