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Top Choice Pub Food in Phalaborwa

Buffalo Pub & Grill

If you’ve emerged from Kruger feeling like a hungry lion, stop here for some pub grub. It's a very meat-driven menu – for a lean steak alternative try the ostrich or impala fillet. Excellent service, and there’s a t…
Zoo in Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

A few clicks south of Hoedspruit along the R40 and attached to the Kapama Private Game Reserve, the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre was set up to take a holistic approach to South Africa's endangered species th…
Textiles in Valley of the Olifants

Mapusha Weaving Cooperative

Located on the outskirts of Acornhoek township, the Mapusha Weaving Cooperative was established in 1973 to give unemployed women a craft and an income. You can visit the loom-filled workshop next to the Catholic Mis…
Handicrafts in Valley of the Olifants

Kaross

Next to the busy workshop, a shop sells vivid wall hangings, cushion covers, tunics and table mats, designed here and embroidered by 1200 local Shangaan women. The quality is very good and the designs are skilful an…
Nature Reserve in Modjadjiskloof

Modjadji Nature Reserve

Covering 30,000 sq metres (or 530 hectares), this reserve protects forests of the ancient Modjadji cycad. In the summer mists, the reserve and surrounding Bolobedu Mountains take on an ethereal atmosphere. Take the …
Cafe in Tzaneen

Market Cafe

The new ‘lifestyle’ centre may be lacking in atmosphere (yes, you overlook a car park), but the Market Cafe – a small operation that’s part of a larger food market here – delivers quality breakfasts, light lunches (…
Italian in Hoedspruit

Cala la Pasta

How a slice of Italiana found its way to Hoedspruit we’re not sure, but this place serves up authentic and quality dishes from the motherland. Try the pasta al forno (cream, mushrooms and ham baked in the oven with …
Portuguese in Phalaborwa

Villa Luso

The influence of the Portuguese owner can be seen on the Villa’s menu, and it's a nice little taster if you're on your way to Mozambique: seafood, buffalo wings, surf and turf and Portuguese steaks are a few of the …
Ceramics in Phalaborwa

Afrikania

For a coffee stop and a browse through some wonderful locally made pottery at a little, landscaped, grass-roots initiative, venture north of Phalaborwa to Afrikania, hosted by (and signposted as) Bed in the Bush. Th…
Gardens in Modjadjiskloof

Sunland Big Baobab

On the road to Modjadji Nature Reserve, look out for signs to the remains of this 22m-high boabab, with a 47m circumference. According to carbon dating it was over 1700 years old, and a bar occupied the two cavities…