Hoedspruit in Limpopo can be a mighty hot place, so it helps to know where you can get out of the heat and cool down. Here are 5 things to do in Hoedspruit:
Ice Ice Baby
Hoedspruit Grill & Diner
People who know Hoedspruit might know this as Ice Cream & Dreams. Despite the name change and a few new products on the shelf, it still sells a delicious selection of ice cream flavours. Plus they are now selling their famous sticky ribs. There’s a small outdoor garden set under thorn trees that makes for a good pit stop after shopping in Kamogelo Centre. It’s open every day, except Sundays and is open on Wednesday and Friday nights.
Kamogelo Centre Hoedspruit
084 563 1709
Oh my Hat
The Hat & Creek
If you want shade and green grass after a couple of days of dry bushveld, then The Hat & Creek restaurant is a good place to go. In the evenings as the sun goes down, the candles are lit and the boma fire crackles away. This is where the locals go to hang out and the food is plentiful. The name comes from the story that Hoedspruit was founded when an adventurer tired of traveling came across the small creek, threw his hat down and said he was not moving.
R527 opposite Kamogelo Centre Hoedspruit 015 793 1135
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Love is in the Air
This little pink and stripy café used to be outside town but has recently moved in a little closer to the action. It’s got an excellent iced-drinks range, but their Coffee Freezo definitely takes the cake. You can even find fresh sushi on the menu just in case a craving hits.
Kamogelo Centre Hoedspruit 082 783 3354
G&G Day Spa – 24 Degrees South
This little spa is part of the Godding & Godding brand with spa products, a skincare range and amazing bedding made from silk. Set about 20 kilometres outside town with a view of the magnificent Blyde Mountains, the spa is a cool and peaceful retreat. Billowing white curtains surround the open-air massage rooms, and it’s wonderful to listen to the bushveld birds while you are being pampered.
R531 Hoedspruit 082 808 9203 www.goddingandgodding.com
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24 Degrees South
After coming out of the bush, this is the coolest place to shop with the whole family. This little, rambling centre set amongst shady thorn trees has something for everyone. With the smells of baobab, marula and fynbos in the air, guests can easily be tempted to part with their pennies. For the petrol heads, there’s a fantastic motor museum packed with vintage and modern cars. As for the kids? Let them run and explore the nooks and crannies this spot has to offer.
R531 Hoedspruit 072 467 3310
Words Sue Adams
Photographs Sue Adams and supplied
A journalist by trade, features writer on occasion and now the digital editor of SA Country Life. The first chance she gets, Leigh will tell you about a podcast she was recently listening to and how you simply have to make the move from radio. In a previous life, she once taught English on Jeju which left her with an insatiable craving for kimchi.