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Things to Do and Places to Stay in Bot Rivier / Western Cape, South Africa

Bot River, otherwise known as Bot Rivier, is an idyllic Overberg town surrounded by lovely wine farms, seasonal canola fields, and endless Cape countryside charm.

In this post, we look at the best things to do and places to stay in beautiful Bot River and its surrounds:

Avani Lodge Private Nature Reserve

First up, we have the amazing Avani Lodge, a tranquil accommodation offering located within the peaceful Avani Lodge Private Nature Reserve.

Here, guests can disappear into rich Overberg nature, where they can enjoy eco-friendly stays, complete with private hot tubs. For the more adventurous guests, you can hike or fish in the river during your stay.

Avani is a soothing retreat perfect for couples and friends alike to enjoy. Note: Regrettably, due to the hot tubs, Avani is not child- or pet-friendly. Also, only Truffle is wheelchair friendly.

Website: https://avanilodge.com/

Gabrielskloof Wines

As one of the Western Cape’s loveliest wine farms, Gabrielskloof is an environmentally minded, stunning Overberg attraction. Here, guests can enjoy quality wines and delicious food.

Images courtesy of: Gabrielskloof via Facebook

On-site restaurant, Farro, offers a classic-meets-comfort a la carte style menu, with fresh ingredients sourced from top local producers.

The menu is subject to change but offers a great selection, with everything from snacks, starters, and mains (including green pea risotto and pork belly) to sides, sweets and kiddies’ options.

There is also a tasty antipasti platter, with local cheeses, cold meats, focaccia and more.

Visit Gabrielskloof Wines for your Bot River food and wine fix!

Website: https://gabrielskloof.co.za/

Wildekrans Wine Estate

Image courtesy of: Wildekrans Wine Estate via Facebook

Another Bot River wine farm worth exploring is the endlessly beautiful Wildekrans Wine Estate.

This picture-perfect estate offers award-winning wines, olive oils, dining- and outdoor-experiences and luxury farm accommodation. They also serve as a stunning wedding-, conference- and function-venue.

For foodies, be sure to enjoy a meal at the elegant Restaurant, which showcases Overberg food at its finest. Sit outside on the tranquil terrace or inside among beautiful decor.

For accommodation seekers, Wildekrans has nine country cottages, which lie tucked away between the vineyard and plum orchards. (During your stay, enjoy restaurant dining, pool access, horse riding or MTB trails and more.) Best of all, Wildekrans accommodation is apparently both pet- and child-friendly.

As far as activities go, Wildekrans offers horse riding- and MTB-trails, as well as wine tasting and wine cellar tours.

Website: https://wildekrans.com/

Beaumont Family Wines

Image courtesy of: Beaumont Family Wines via Facebook

This family-owned-Bot River estate is yet another gorgeous Overberg wine farm, one that offers everything from food and wines to stunning accommodation and fun things to do.

On the estate, guests can enjoy nature walks, fishing (for cottage guests only), bird watching and self-guided or guided hikes.

For the foodies among us: why not enjoy a wine tasting (with an optional cellar tour) or dine on tasty cuisine courtesy of Zest Deli and Kitchen?

Accommodation offerings include Pepper Tree Cottage, The Mill House or The Stables. Each Beaumont cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, patio with braai facilities and a beautiful lounge area to name only a few of the on-site amenities.

Website: https://www.beaumont.co.za/

Other Bot River highlights, to name only a few, include:

  • Arcangeli Wines and Spohia’s Restaurant
  • Manny’s Kitchen
  • Rivendell Boutique Wine Estate and Restaurant
  • Barton Vineyards and Villas
  • Genevieve MCC and Accommodation

Header Picture by Belia Oh Photography for Avani Lodge



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