The Lowveld is a wonderful place to explore. For the active there is fishing, caving, kayaking, cycling and hiking.
Words by Sue Adams
For the not so active there is sightseeing, and wandering some of the small town quirky bookshops and craft shops. But everyone needs to refuel and these are some of the better places to have coffee, cake or cocktails.
White River is filled with delicious places to eat and drink but these are some of my favourites:
- Zannas in the Bagdad Centre on the R40 has good coffee but the best for me is all the home-made goodies like biscuits and cakes. Sue Butowsky always has a smile and experiments all the time so you never know what you will get. Just ask her for the specials. 013 750 0469
- Sabie Valley Coffee has moved from Hazyview to Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre just outside White River on the R40. You can buy their freshly roasted coffee to take away but make sure you also sit down and try their scones or decadent chocolate cake. You’ll keep coming back for more. 013 7378169
- Picasso’s Mexican Taqueria in Bagdad Centre on the R40 has the best view in White River and the cocktails to go with it. Their frozen strawberry daiquiris or lime margaritas are a must. And try a spicy starter as a little snack. 013 750 0300
This is the centre of action in the Lowveld with fishing, geckoing, river rafting, waterfall climbing and so much more.
- The Coffee Shop at the Bookman’s Corner (Woodsman Centre) opened recently and what’s better than sitting browsing through books while having coffee and cake? Helen Goss is the owner and baker and her cakes are fresh and delicious. 083 3245987
- The Wild Fig Tree across the road from the Woodsman Centre is a good place to stop off to feed your body before doing the adrenalin action man activities around Sabie. It has great coffee and the breakfasts are good. 013 764 2239
Graskop is close to the edge of the escarpment in the midst of the beautiful Panorama Route
- Harrie’s Pancakes is renowned for not only its sweet but also savoury pancakes so get there early to avoid the rush. Coffee and pancakes is the perfect way to beat the chill here on the edge of the escarpment. 013 767 1349
- Potluck Kitchen
This is the place for Moerkoffie in a tin mug after a steak or boerewors roll. Set on the edge of the Treur River amongst massive boulders Potluck Kitchen is better known for its stunning position rather than its cuisine but there is nothing to beat the setting. The outdoor restaurant is 27km out of Graskop on the R532 towards Blyde River Canyon. 071 539 6773
Hazyview has the wonderful slowveld feel that small towns should have – meandering roads with stunning views and a river.
- Summerfields is situated on the edge of the Sabie River on the R536 just outside the town of Hazyview and is renowned for its spa, food and roses. You can choose to sit at the River Café and sip cocktails or dine at the Summerfield’s Kitchen while surrounded by the smell of freshly cut roses. Their food is famous so don’t just stay for a drink. 013 737 6500
This bushveld town is the gathering place for the wild and woolly who come out of the bush for a bit of civilisation and tell great animal stories at the bar.
- The Hat and Creek is where you find the local bush lovers in Hoedspruit. Its seldom cold in this part of the world so sit outside under huge trees, sip cocktails or a good cup of coffee and make friends with the rangers who come to town for the buzz. 015 7931135