Hog Hollow Country Lodge
Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, South Africa
At a Glance
Wonderful views from the sundeck, over forested hills and valleys
The rich animal, flower and birdlife
Walk down the Matjies river - a shady valley within the reserve
Boat trip from Plettenberg Bay to observe the seals, dolphins, sharks, penguins, cormorants, terns and (in season) whales
Experience the highlights of Plettenburg Bay
Go horse-riding through the private nature reserve and finish off with a wine-tasting at the nearby vineyard
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Garden Route enjoys a moderate climate all year round. In peak summer season, from December to February, temperatures can climb as high as 34ºC, although winter temperatures can drop to as low as 4ºC. Generally, this season has many sunny days with high wind at times. During the winter months of June, July, and August, expect frequent rains and a couple of chilly evenings. From June to December, the Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) graces Walker Bay with its massive presence.
To start planning your holiday to Hog Hollow Country Lodge
Hog Hollow Country Lodge is situated in a private nature reserve in close proximity to Plettenberg Bay. The lodge comprises 15 luxurious suites close to the Tsitsikamma Forest and is in a great place to explore the area.
Hog Hollow Country Lodge is set on the edge of an indigenous forest, and has exceptional views of the dramatic surrounding countryside, over the tree tops. Accommodation is in whitewashed cottages, with king size or twin beds, hand crafted artefacts, a well stocked minibar, fireplaces and en-suite facilities. Each has a wooden deck overlooking the ravine.
The main lodge houses the bar, huge yellowwood dining table, sitting room, library and pool terrace, all positioned to thoroughly appreciate this unique setting. It is here that guests meet each evening and eat dinner together. Hog Hollow prides itself on its cuisine which is served under the auspices of co-owner and chef, Mark. Fine local cuisine can also be enjoyed at the hotel's boma. The Ficus lounge is home to an ancient fruit-laden tree which is a favourite with Plettenberg's prolific bird community.
The activities available are numerous, suiting people of all ages and abilities. Activities at an additional charge include golf, river cruises, cycle trails, boat trips, bunjee jumping, ski diving, horse riding, scuba diving, fishing and salt water fly fishing.
Hog Hollow Country Lodge offers 15 suites. Accommodation is in whitewashed cottages with king size or twin beds. The suites are furnished with hand crafted artefacts, a well stocked minibar, fireplaces and en-suite facilities. Each has a wooden deck overlooking the ravine.
Children are welcome at the lodge but there are no specific facilities. Associated services include babysitting and special turn downs each evening with a glass of fresh milk, a Gingerbread man, children’s stories and a whole box of toys and other interesting things. The hotel can provide buckets, spades and body boards for family fun at the beach. There are also children's menus available in the hotel's restaurant. There is plenty for them to do in the local area such as visits to Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, the Elephant Sanctuary and Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.
The facilities available at hog Hollow include a sauna, swimming pool, restaurant, bar, huge yellowwood dining table, sitting room, library and pool terrace.
Swimming and walking are complimentary activities at the hotel. Activities at an additional charge include golf, river cruises, cycle trails, boat trips, bunjee jumping, ski diving, horse riding, scuba diving, fishing and salt water fly fishing.
Anna Hearn (Staff)
Set in steeply sloping gardens and with an almost secret garden style entrance, Hog Hollow is a real treat for those staying for a few days. Its a friendly place, with a large dining room where meals are all taken communally, and a huge outside deck which really takes advantage of the incredible views over the Tsitsikamma forest. The rooms are lovely, spacious and charming and warmly decorated although we were warned that doors had to be shut to keep the monkeys from invading and stealing the popcorn! The best spot must be around the pool a fabulous size, perfect for laps, surrounded by shade loungers the perfect place to while away the day and a real suntrap! Its a perfect spot for families and a great place to break your journey along the Garden Route also on offer is horseriding on fabulous horses, and the Tsitsikamma forest must be one of the best places in South Africa to explore on horseback! Lovely spot and a firm favourite of ours.
Camilla Smith (Staff)
Hog Hollow is a great option for families or couples looking for a great base to explore the Plettenberg Bay area and all it has to offer. The lodge is positioned with incredible views over the Tsitsikamma Forest, it is breathtakingly peaceful and untouched. The rooms are all designed purposely without televisions or telephones so you are encouraged to enjoy the nature and beauty of the area. For those active people you can head into the forest for walking, canoeing, go down to the beaches, head to Congo Caves, elephant park, play golf, monkey land, bungee jumping and much more. For those that want to be more relaxed and just enjoy the beauty of the place sit by the lovely pool or have a relaxed lunch in the restaurant.
For families you can take over the private home which is a great option. You will have your own butler, chef and privacy of your own home and pool.
Birds of Eden
Birds of Eden is the world's largest free-flight bird aviary. The aviary is home to about 3,500 birds representing over 200 species.
Black Water Tubing - Green Route
Explore the beauty of Tsitsikamma's Plaatbos Nature Reserve through a fun combination of tubing and stand-up paddle boarding.
Black Water Tubing - Red Route
For those who are thrilled with adventure, this is a unforgettable way to explore Tsitsikamma's Goesa Nature Reserve as you journey through beautiful forest and cliff sceneries which opens up to the spectacular Storms River Mouth.
Boat Trip on Storms River
If you like to be on the water, then this boat trip will get you up close and personal to the stunning Storms River. Afterwards, walk through the forest to the suspension bridge.
Fynbos Flower Safari
The Cape Floral Region has the highest concentration of plant species in the world. Staggeringly this recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site holds three times the diversity of species than the Amazon rainforest.
Great White Shark Cage Diving
Great white shark cage diving is an experience like no other. To get up close to the ocean's number one predator in its natural environment is a humbling experience you will never forget.
Hog Hollow Horse Riding - Farm Trail
This one-hour farm trail takes you through open terrains and fields.
Hog Hollow Horse Riding - Forest Trail
This two-hour forest trail takes you through the ancient Tsitsikamma rainforest.
Horse Riding in the Cape
Enjoy exploring the dramatic landscapes of South Africa on horseback, an experience to be included on any visit.
Monkeyland - Plettenberg Bay
Monkeyland is a unique primate sanctuary that rehabilitates and frees previously caged primates. All of the monkeys here move about the forest freely and peacefully and allow you to view them as they would bee seen in their natural habitat.
Make a brief stop at Mossel Bay for the world-famous Post Office Tree at the Dias Museum Complex.
Paddle Up Storms River
If you like to be on the water, then this two to three-hour kayak adventure will get you up close and personal to the stunning Storms River. Afterwards, walk through the forest to the suspension bridge.
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in the Southern Cape and is in the perfect location for anyone who wants to experience a one day, big game viewing experience along the Garden Route.
Quad Biking at the Wineries
This route takes you through Hamilton Russel Vineyards & South Right wineries into the Fernklook Nature Reserve.
Robberg Peninsula Walk
The Robberg Peninsula is an outcrop of land from the western side of Plettenberg Bay. The Peninsula is now a nature reserve and a marine protected area which makes for spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna.
Sea Kayaking at Hermanus
An adventurous 2-hour sea kayaking experience as you paddle along the coastline with opportunities to encounter sea creatures.
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre at Plettenberg Bay offers guests a truly unique wildcat experience as they are taken on a guided tour of cheetah, leopard, serval, caracal and other wildcats, baboons and birds.
Whale watching on the Western Cape
Southern right whales visit the Western Cape from about June to December every year. These beautiful gentle giants congregate to the shores of Hermanus all the way along the coast line towards Plettenberg Bay.
Imagine South Africa
Cape Town, Winelands, Garden Route
from £3300 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights
- You can really immerse yourself in the culture of South Africa as you go on a road trip through this fascinating country at your own pace.
- Your base in Cape Town is in the foothills of Table Mountain, close to our favourite tried and tested restaurants in Cape Town.
- Feel the thrill of an action-packed safari at the end of your road trip in a malaria-free game reserve.
Location & directions
Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, South Africa
Hog Hollow is situated near Plettenberg Bay along the Garden Route, South Africa. Ideal for birdwatchers and walkers, yet close to the superb beaches of Nature’s Valley and the attractions of The Crags and Plettenberg Bay.
How to get there
Cape Town Airport (566km) and Johannesburg should be used for international flights. From northern Europe the flight takes approximately 12 hours. You can then take a connecting internal flight from Cape Town or Johannesburg, to George (1 hour / 130km from Hog Hollow) or to Port Elizabeth (2 hours / 210km from Hog Hollow). Transfers can be arranged through the hotel.
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