Welcome to Botrivier
Botrivier is a warm and welcoming village at the foot of the Houw Hoek Pass. It’s fast become one of the region’s fastest growing wine hubs, with over 16 estates in the surrounding foothills of this charming town. The cool maritime climate plays its part in encouraging the town’s vineyard and orchard economy, but the local community is really the heart of its success. At any given moment, you could find yourself swept away on an impromptu cellar tour - or if you are in town around harvest time, partaking in grape treading or even barrel rolling!
Being conservation-conscious is a large part of the Botrivier way of life, from wine makers who strive to work in harmony with the landscape, to the efforts of the entire community in preserving the well-being of the rich fynbos ecosystem. As a part of the Cape Floral Kingdom World Heritage Site, Botrivier is absolutely stunning in spring when the wild flowers, vineyards and even orchards are in bloom. This makes it a gem for hiking, mountain biking, bird watching and horse riding in the surrounding area. There are wonderful fynbos walks and eco-hikes on offer in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, an incredibly educational excursion for the entire family.
A favourite pastime for locals and visitors alike is definitely the incredible golf courses within 20km drive from Botrivier and of course, fly fishing in the Bot River and Lagoon. This area provides some of the best of both worlds, and often hosts people from around the globe who visit the area specifically for these two sports.
In the heart of the town square, you’ll find the historic Botrivier Hotel which has a renowned restaurant and bar for relaxing in style. There are also artisanal coffee shops and even a restaurant at the Botrivier Train Station that hosts live music and an incredible farm-style Sunday roast buffet. Typically the area is famed for its fruits like plums, pears, apples, as well as produce like the Botrivier onions. You can also find amazing olive oils and lavender products from local farm stalls and wine estates.
There are several times of the year where you can be a part of Botrivier festivities. The town has a vibrant annual calendar that revolves around the town’s culture of vineyard and orchard farming. The harvest celebration in April is called Barrels and Beards, while the Bot River Spring Festival, also known as Drink Yourself Pink Festival, is usually on the first weekend of September. October is the busiest month for events in Botrivier, it includes the Bot River Open Gardens, the Van der Stel Pass Challenge and the Bot River Barrel Fest.
Visitors will quickly find themselves welcomed by the local community, whether at the coffee shop or while exploring the surrounding attractions. The most important thing you need to know about Botrivier, is that it really does deliver the whole spectrum; from family-friendly and wholesome outdoor activities to breathtakingly beautiful scenery and restaurants for romantic getaways.