I was visiting Hoedspruit as the guest of two dear friends who moved there from the UK a couple of years ago and we had two lovely evenings at the Hat & Creek. The outside tables are set on a semi-circular veranda around a pretty grassed area and in the evening the scene was magically lit. What was nice was the number of families with young children dining there: children are beautifully catered for with a play area in clear view of parents' tables and can happily run around without unduly disturbing other guests. There's a fabulous a la carte menu with many local specialities and I had two unforgettable meals (one on my birthday). A lovely, welcoming atmosphere and excellent staff. As they say in another context: "Vaut le detour".