A diversity of dining experiences

The small Lowveld town of Hoedspruit is a popular gateway to some of South Africa’s best safari destinations. It also offers an array of dining experiences that will make you want to spend a few days exploring its restaurants!

The Hat & Creek

Husband and wife team Andre and Cheryl Nel have been developing a distinctive dining experience for their guests since opening The Hat & Creek restaurant in Hoedspruit.

It offers elegant dining and superb meals complemented by the wine menu. The menu boasts culinary grill and seafood delights prepared with local ingredients and the freshest seasonal flavours.

Contemporary fare, Seafood, Steak

Ambience : Comfy & casual

R527, Main Street, Hoedspruit, Limpopo

+27 15 793 1135

Monday to Sunday 9 am to close (Kitchen closes at 10 pm Monday to Saturday and 8 pm on Sundays)

Cala La Pasta

Just across the road from The Hat & Creek, Italian couple Luca Properzi and Erika Taverna established Cala la Pasta. The menu includes delicious pizzas and lots of authentic pasta dishes. Every meal at this Italian restaurant is freshly prepared, from the handmade tagliatelle and pizza bases to the subtle sauces.

Italian, South African

Ambience : Cheap & cheerful, Comfy & casual, Family friendly

Kamogelo Tourism Centre, Ferret Street, Main Road R 527, Hoedspruit, Limpopo

+27 15 793 0452

Monday to Tuesday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm; Wednesday to Saturday 8.30 am till late; Closed Sunday


Hoedspruit wouldn’t be Hoedspruit without Sleepers restaurant, located along the railway tracks at the town’s old station. Sleepers is known for its peri-peri sauce, gourmet burgers, pizzas and grills.

This beautifully renovated restaurant housed in the old station building portrays an old world charm lingering with antique pots, copper ornaments and laid-back atmosphere. A charming venue that invites relaxation, a good selection of South African cuisine and complimenting wine list. Sleepers Restaurant is the perfect place to chill out and enjoy the authentic station setting.

African, Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Burgers, French, Health food, Indian, Italian, Pizzas, Pub fare, South African, Vegetarian

Ambience : Classic elegance

1 Python Road, Hoedspruit Railway Station, Hoedspruit, Limpopo

+27 15 793 1014

Monday to Saturday 8 am -10 pm. Sunday 9 am -9 pm.

The Fig & Bean cafe

The Fig & Bean Cafe is about home cooked food made fresh everyday, with the ingredients sourced from in and around the Lowveld. Free World Coffee & freshly pressed juices.

Coffee-shop, bakery fare, breakfast & brunch, light lunch

Ambience : coffee shop vibe

Huilboerboon street 1380, Hoedspruit, Limpopo

+27 82 493 1137

Monday to Friday 7.30 am to 4 pm / Saturday 8 am to 1 pm

Family Pub & BistroMaroela Bar

Maroela Bar is a family pub & bistro which offers a wide selection of craft beer, gintails & delicious pub food which is a grade above. Visible play area for kids while parents sit back, relax & enjoy a meal & a cold one. Live screening of Rugby on big screen.

Pub fare

Ambience : Comfy & casual

R527 – Safari Junction Main Road, Hoedspruit, Limpopo

+27 15 793 1001

Monday to Saturday 11 am – 10 pm, Sunday 11 am – 7 pm


On the R40 towards White River, approximately 4km out of town is an incredible culinary experience and open air restaurant called “Cooked The Kitchen on R40”, now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, cooked offers all things new on their ever changing menu, expect food items such as homemade charcoal tagliatelle, a selection of cheeses and preserves and almond praline semi fredo.

Offering the finest the region has to offer. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, wine and gin tastings.

Ambience : A beautiful open air cafe style restaurant

Khaya Ndlovu Entrance, R40 (White River Road), Hoedspruit, Limpopo

+27 78 443 4068

Monday to Saturday 8 am – 3 pm and 6 pm – 9 pm

The Thirsty Giraffe Pub & Grill

A mere 4.8km out of town on your way to Phalaborwa on the R40, surrounded by the thick bush is the new and up and coming Thirsty Giraffe Pub and Grill, walk up the stairs and have a nice cold one and meal while the kids enjoy the farm animals surrounding the restaurant.

Situated just 5km out of Hoedspruit on the R40 towards Phalaborwa. Cold beer good food and Bush Setting!!

Ambience :

R40, towards Phalaborwa opposite Tshukudu game farm, Hoedspruit, Limpopo

+27 81 030 4568

Monday to Thirstay 11 am to 9 pm / Friday and Saturday 11 am to 10 pm / Sunday 11 am to 4 pm

What to eat ?

With so many restaurants to choose from, it’s hard to recommend particular dishes! Most of Hoedspruit’s restaurants run ‘chalkboard specials’ on a regular basis. These dishes are often local specialities and well worth trying. The restaurant managers will also be happy to advise you on what to eat when you visit.

What will it cost ?

Restaurants in Hoedspruit generally offer good value for money, with meals ranging in price between R50 and R150 per course, depending on what you order.

Did you know ?

Most Hoedspruit restaurants source their fresh herbs from Hlokomela, an NGO that does valuable work in Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

Need help ?

Ask your concierge to help you with restaurants bookings !