Welcome to Hoedspruit
Hoedspruit tourist information is easy to provide when the town is such a gem. So many tourists just pass through this town nestled between Kruger National Park and Blyde River, rushing to get in the gates for their safari. Their loss…
Here at Encompass Africa, we really want to encourage guests to linger longer because it’s great value and extends your South Africa holiday experience and ramps up your personal reward.
Hoedpsruit is in the heart of the UNESCO registered Kruger to Canyons Biosphere and is host to some fantastic restaurants, cafes and spectacular landscapes worth exploring. Some of the highlight activities include Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, taking the Blyde Dam Boat Cruise, visiting the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, and Khamai Reptile Park. It’s a herpetological haven well worth a stop especially if you’ve got kids. You can also take to the sky in a hot air balloon to savour the spectacular morning colours and surrounding mountains and canyons.
The team at Encompass Africa is working with local partners to craft some new experiences such as cycling tours, village visits, Blyde River Canyon hikes, farm visits and more so stay tuned.
Dining out you’ve got loads of choices from The Hat & Creek (great at night with campfire roaring), The Bush Pub (think stories over a pint in a bush setting), the Rumble Restaurant for Italian cuisine, Sleepers Restaurant (smallest pub with good craft beer), The Baobab Restaurant (with a giant tree in the garden), The Thirsty Giraffe (resident donkeys and plenty of space for kids), The Fig and Bean to Wild Dogz Burger Bar, Mad Dogz Café, and Ice Cream & Dreams.
Visit 24 Degrees South at the Old Silk Farm and you’ll enjoy magnificent mountain views from the lovely gardens. Food is tasty, coffee is decent and there’s some shopping to be done! You can eat at the Cotton Club Café or Snack Shack. Visit the Classic Car and Motorbike Showroom, challenge someone to a game of outdoor chess in the gardens, walk the nature trails or simply relax as you stroll through the shops from safari gear to crafts, silks, artworks and ceramics. It’s famous for its luxury silk bedding. You can spend hours here adults and kids alike, it’s a must visit in our mind.
If you are self driving, don’t forget to visit a local farmstall and award winning Wag ‘n Bietjie Padstal if it’s still open (we haven’t been this year). Friendly owners, great food, lovely views and child friendly with a petting zoo!
South Africa highlights
What else should you do while in South Africa? We always recommend city and safari time and a third element that suits your interests. It could be the much loved Winelands, spectacular Drakensberg Mountains, stunning coastline or remote desert. History and culture abound too. It’s all up to you!