Nestled in the foothills of the Houw Hoek Pass, the little town of Botriver is a haven for wine and nature lovers alike. It’s a quiet, friendly farming village with only four thousand inhabitants and plenty of authentic vineyards and wineries to explore. The endless rolling fields and big, blue skies make this town a visual treat, with vistas painted by local artists from across the country.
The town is named after the Bot River, which flows from the surrounding mountains into a large lagoon. The mouth of this lagoon forms a vibrant wetland which is alive with indigenous birdlife. The Bot Lagoon is popular for a variety of water sports, from sailing to kayaking to kite surfing.
Botriver has been offering travellers a friendly respite for over a hundred years. It was established on a historical trading station of the Dutch East India Company, and the popular Bot River Hotel has been sleeping guests since the 1890’s. There are plenty of accommodation options, from quaint B ‘n B’s to self-catering cottages or luxurious guest villas on one of the many working farms.
Bot River is a perfect joy for lovers of good food and wine. There are around 12 wine farms in the area, some of which also offer a world-class culinary experience and many of whom work in an environmentally conscious manner to create mainly cool climate varietals. Despite the fact that wines in this area have won various international accolades, the Bot River Wine Route is comprised primarily of a tight knit group of passionate wine lovers, and the farms tend to be cosy, family-run businesses that welcome their guests with genuine warmth.