If you're a resident or even an annual visitor to Gansbaai, you’ve probably noticed a tortoise or two crossing the road...
The quiet little town of Botrivier is almost too easy to miss as you’re heading to and from the Overberg region to Cape Town. But next you’re heading down the Houw Hoek Pass, take a left onto Hoof Way from the R43 and experience a beautiful stay in Botrivier.
The local folk here greet travellers with a smile and a wave and are all too eager to give out friendly advice about the area. Heading along the main road of the town you’ll spot a number of beautifully preserved old houses and accommodations that take you back to the days of yesteryear. All settled in and with the helpful tips from your friendly hosts, you are now ready to explore.
The historical Botrivier Hotel located on the main road plays host to a number of social events and local bands performing during the year and is a must-see, even if it’s just to view the beautiful old building. Before heading further out of town, pop by one of the local eateries to explore the traditional taste sensations they have on offer.
Fuelled by the hearty breakfast and further pointers on where to stop on your journey, you can now choose any direction in which to explore. The nearby towns of Kleinmond, Caledon and Grabouw holds exciting golfing, hot springs and canopy tour ziplining experiences, respectively. But if you’re looking to stay closer to home then Botrivier has just the way to warm the cockles of your heart. This quiet gem of the Overberg holds over 16 wine estates in the surrounding foothills, a number of nearby heart-racing outdoor adventures and various spots to indulge in the locally produced goods and artworks from the area.
Serving as an ideal spot form which to explore the surrounding towns of the Overberg, Botrivier itself also serves up an indulgent itinerary of things to do. Be sure to stop by Botrivier next time!