Hoedspruit is a beautiful little tourist town in the heart of the lowveld. It is surrounded by world class lodges and bush camps. I can go on for days about what these lodges have to offer (which is plenty by the way) but I would like to focus a bit more on the town itself. The community of this town take great pride in the cleanliness and safety of their town. No wonder the tourist adore this place so much.
To eat out in Hoedspruit is a real treat. The quality of the food prepared is big city standards without big city prices. Dining in Hoedspruit ranges from fine dining to burgers by the bar and everything in between.
Hat-n-Creek is to me the best restaurant in Hoedspruit. Their menu consists of the best the bush has to offer whilst still incorporating the favourites. I love all of the meals but if I had to chooses a favourite it would probably be the “salmon three ways”. I have yet to taste salmon better prepared. I am also a huge fan of the Kudu Fillet which is tender and a good place to start if you have not yet has game meat.
Just outside of town, towards the direction of Tzaneen, is a bar called the thirsty Giraffe. If you’re looking for a quite night, don’t come look here on a weekend, in the weeks it is lovely and peaceful. If you’re looking for excellent food, great service and an ice cold beer paired with friendly company, this is the place for you. My favourite meal is the beef Espatada. With meat this good they have customers returning for more.
Cooked is a gourmet restaurant on the R40 also just outside of town. It is food made into art. They regularly update their menu and replace old meals so expect to always see something new. I can truly say with confidence that I can close my eyes and pick something at random and it will be delicious. Cooked puts a great deal of effort into every meal, every drink, every plating, and it shows. The best I`ve had there to date is the pork belly which was mouth-watering and to be quite honest slightly addictive. Also be sure to try some of their craft gins.
Come to Hoedspruit to eat like kings in the middle of the bushveld Palace.