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With its rivers, mountains, gorges and dams Botrivier is teeming with outdoor explorative and adventure opportunities. Botrivier is one of four members of the Green Mountain Eco Route. The other three are Elgin Valley (Grabouw), the Houw Hoek Pass area, and Villiersdorp. Situated in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the Green Mountain Eco Route offers the ideal introduction to sustainable wine producing practices and biodiversity conservation.

Activities and attractions in Botrivier

  • Pop in at the Botrivier Hotel pub with its quirky collection of bric-a-brac

  • Visit the historic Compagnes Drift Farm (now Beaumont Wines) - it marks the site of the old staging post, which lured the valley’s first European settlers

  • See the old mill

  • Take a nature walk or hike

  • Explore the countryside on horseback or mountain bike

  • Taste and take home some handcrafted award-winning wine

  • Purchase locally ground flour, dried flowers, and fresh fruit

  • You might even spot the Western Cape’s only wild herd of horses

  • Explore the area on foot by taking a leisurely stroll or a more rigorous hike

  • Go bass or trout fishing

  • Engage local expert guides to take you abseiling or rock climbing

  • Book a guided quad biking or 4X4 experience

Visit the Diepkowe Private Nature Reserve

Common residents:

  • Small African antelope such as the klipspringer, grysbok, bontebok

  • Bat-eared fox and Cape fox

  • Caracul (type of sheep), mongoose, and polecat

Indigenous vegetation:

Botrivier’s mountains and hills are carpeted in rich indigenous vegetation including fynbos shrubs and non-fynbos renosterbos. Fynbos species include heaths, ericas, proteas and leafless reedy plants such as restios.

Renosterbos is one of the major plant varieties in the Cape Floral Kingdom. Sadly, its numbers are diminishing. To protect the remaining renosterbos in the Cape, botanists from the renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are currently researching the reserve.

 
 
Compagnes Drift Mill
     
Open Mon – Fri 9:30am till 4:30pm and Saturdays from 10:00am till 3:00pm

Telephone number 028 2849194
Email info@beaumont.co.za
Website www.beaumont.co.za
GPS Coordinates 34°13`26.90``S 19°12`24.28``E
De Geheime Kelder Gallery
     
De Geheime Kelder Gallery
In keeping with our belief that Botrivier is full of talent, Mtini and Evets, have been actively inviting creative people to come and showcase their work in the gallery. We have been pleasantly surprised to discover more talent than we imagined.
Currently our focus remains on developing the gallery and discovering new talent within the Botrivier Valley. Works currently on show includes pieces by Elizabeth Cox, Franscois Venter, Evets, Mtini, John Barnard, A M Steensma, Y Mei, John Hallyer, Tersia Muller, Les Adams, Jean Midgley and Laurens Strauss.
Such has the demand for space in the gallery increased that we decided to host a few exhibitions this year.
RECLAIMED is scheduled to open on the 13th of June 2014.
UNTAPPED ENERGY by Franscois Venter is schedules to open on the 8th of August 2014.
IMAGES OF BOTRIVER / PRENTJIES VAN BOTRIVIER will open on the 12th of September 2014.

Situated at the Botrivier Hotel
Contact Person: Michael – 082 348 4539 or Steven – 084 740 1499
Email: degeheimekelder.botrivier@gmail.com
Gabriëlskloof Olive Oil
     
A mix of Coratina, Frantoio and Leccino olives are grown on the sunny slopes of the Gabriëlskloof Wine Estate. The intensely flavoured fruit is handpicked and cold-pressed to produce boutique quality extra virgin olive oil. The sunny but cool Mediterranean terrain also supports the farm's cultivation of lavender plants from which the highest quality lavender oil and mist is produced. Gabriëlskloof is also home to the outstanding Gabriëlskloof winery, restaurant and deli.

Wholesale and retail. Individual products are available from Gabriëlskloof Deli on the Gabriëlskloof Estate, off the N2 between Botrivier & Caledon. Open 7 days/week 09h00-17h00.

Telephone number : 028-2849865
Email: info@gabrielskloof.co.za
Website address: www.gabrielskloof.co.za

Goedvertrou Wine Estate
     
The house in which winemaker Elrieda resides at Goedvertrouw, was originally built in 1820, making it one of the oldest houses in the area. The old bell in front of their home was used to summons the slaves on the farm in the first half of the 19th century and to signal the arrival of the train from Cape Town, which would transport vegetables grown in the area to Cape Town. The Goedvertrouw property also has an old graveyard of early settlers to this part of the Cape. What Elrieda today uses as a wine cellar still has the original “skietgatte” used during World War II. Situated on the Van der Stel Pass between Botriver and Villiersdorp.

Telephone number 028 2849769
Email goedvertrouwineestate@telkomsa.net
Website www.goedvertrouw.co.za
GPS Coordinates 34°9`55.44``S 19°13`25.03``E
Stonebeach Tours
     
Specialising in first indigenous and community based we will take you on an unforgettable journey through the past telling you the story about the Khoisan - proud,peace loving, prosperous and free - until they lost everything that was dear to them.

We'll visit quaint little villages like Genadendal,Elim,Suurbrak,etc where the history of my fore bares will unfold.

Other Attractions:
*Wine tasting in the Winelands/ Overberg on horseback
*Horse riding in the Kogelberg Biosphere/Beach
*Canopy Tours
*Whale watching from boat/ land
*Shark cage diving
*Bird watching

Other Services:
Transfers (Pick ups/Drop offs)
Freelance Driver/Guide Service

Telephone number 028 2849150
Cell number 0790295776
Email stonebeachtours@hotmail.com

 
 
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