Things to do in the Area

– fun for everyone –

Animal Encounters


Get up close and personal with some of Africa’s most majestic animals at Cornell Skop. Encounter lions, cheetah, zebra and many more on this farm which creates a loving home environment for rehab animals and hunting farm rescues.

Tel: 079 065 0217
Address: Van Der Stel Pass Road, Bot Rivier
Website: cornellskop.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 13 km

Bass Fishing


Just over the road from us you can find the Houw Hoek Farm Stall, serving delicious homemade food. The shop has a plethora of preserves and spices to peruse as well as pottery and other locally produced items. Bass fishing is also available here.

Tel: 028 284 9015
Address: N2, Houw Hoek
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 0,2 km

Brandy Tasting


Take a guided tour through the Oude Molen Brandy Distillery and learn the secrets of their fine brandy. The distillery is home to two of the largest copper pot stills in the southern hemisphere. Follow up the tour with samples of their special brandies.

Tel: 021 859 2517
Address: Worcester Street, Grabouw
Website: www.oudemolen.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 16,3 km


Canoeing


Elgin River Lodge is an outdoor adventure paradise, especially if you love water sports. It also has a restaurant and licenced bar. Phone ahead to make a booking for activities.

Tel: 021 846 8345
Address: Appletiser Road, Elgin
Website: elginriverlodge.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 22 km

Cider Tasting


Taste Everson’s Cider at Peregrine Farm Stall. Taste a huge array of these popular local ciders from the Everson’s tasting room at Peregrine Farm Stall. Tastings are open 10am to 5pm Wednesday through Sunday.

Tel: 021 848 9011 (Peregrine Farm Stall)
Address: N2, Elgin
Website: eversonscider.com
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 22 km

Cider Tasting


Cluver Jack cider is available to taste from the Paul Cluver Wines tasting rooms. This dry cider is crafted with obsessive attention to detail, from the way the orchards are farmed all the way to how the fresh-pressed juice is patiently transformed into cider.

Tel: 021 844 0605
Address: N2, Elgin
Website: www.cluver.com
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 10,7 km


Cider Tasting


Windermere Cider is brewed as a German-style cider or apfelwein, but Windermere have gone one step further and developed a pure apple cider recipe with no sugars, preservatives or additives to contaminate the natural fermentation process. 

Tel: 021 848 1516
Address: Viljoenshoop Road, Elgin
Website: www.windermerecider.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 14,5 km

Craft Beer


Honingklip Brewery produces a well-known range of Belgian-inspired craft beers. This beautiful working farm also offers a number of fantastic mountain bike routes across the countryside. Various 4×4 activities can also be arranged.

Tel: 082 542 6484
Address: R43, Bot River
Website: www.honingklip.co.za/
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 14,3 km

Fishing


Beaumont Wines is traditional farm where catch and release fishing is available via prior arrangement. Walks and hikes can be followed from maps available at the tasting room.

Tel: 028 284 9194
Address: Compagnes Drift Farm, Bot River
Website: www.beaumont.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 7,7 km


Golf Club


Experience one of the Cape’s top golf courses. The Arabella Country Estate golf course is ranked top 10 in South Africa. Surrounded by the magnificent Kogelberg mountain range, Bot River Lagoon and edged by wild fynbos, this picturesque Golf Course is the ideal place to pursue a passion for golf.

Tel: 028 284 9383
Address: R44 to Kleinmond
Website: arabellacountryestate.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 18,6 km

Golf Club


Grabouw Mashie Golf Course is a 8 hole golf course that offers offers double tees with their shortest hole at 96m and their longest at 156m. This Golf course lets you to practice your short game and accuracy in true Country Style. A great way for the whole family to relax and enjoy what the Valley has to offer!

Tel: 021 859 4494 / 083 679 2615
Address: Opposite Grabouw Police Station, Main Road, Grabouw
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 15 km

Horse Riding


Whether you’re an experienced rider or a beginner, you are in safe hands with Klein Paradys. All the horses are hand-picked for suitability and a pleasure to ride. The centre offers a variety of trails and experiences for all skill levels.

Tel: 083 240 6448
Address: Main Road, Bot River
Website: www.kleinparadys.net
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 7,5 km


Horse Riding


Tri-Active offers all sorts of adventure experiences and excursions, from clay pigeon shooting to fishing, quad biking, 4x4ing and much more. If you’re looking for an adrenaline-filled time they will be able to assist.

Tel: 021 844 0975
Address: N2, Elgin
Website: triactive.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 10,7 km

Mountain Biking


The Lebanon Mountain Bike Trails offer a variety of routes catering for mountain bikers of any level. The trails offer a unique riding experience that combine rolling orchards, forested pine slopes and mountainous fynbos with breathtaking views.

Tel: 083 461 8940
Address: Valley Road, Elgin
Website: lebanonmtbtrails.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 12,5 km

Mountain Biking


As well as the traditional Elgin apples and pears, the Oak Valley Wine Estate produces excellent wine, flowers and free-range meats. Visit the Estate to taste their wines or ride their popular mountain bike trails. This estate is also home to top-notch restaurant, The Pool Room.

Tel: 021 859 4110
Address: R321, Oak Avenue, Grabouw
Website: www.oakvalley.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 16 km


Mountain Biking


Paul Cluver Wines, a family run and owned winery going back to 1896, is situated in the stunning Kogelberg Biosphere. The estate is home to an amazing forest amphitheatre as well as a range of mountain bike trails with varying degrees of difficulty. It’s restaurant, Fresh, is very popular.

Tel: 021 844 0605
Address: N2, Elgin
Website: www.cluver.com
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 10,7 km

Quad Biking


Elgin River Lodge is an outdoor adventure paradise, especially if you love water sports. It also has a restaurant and licenced bar. Phone ahead to make a booking for activities.

Tel: 021 846 8345
Address: Appletiser Road, Elgin
Website: elginriverlodge.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 22 km

Quad Biking


Tri-Active offers all sorts of adventure experiences and excursions, from clay pigeon shooting to fishing, quad biking, 4x4ing and much more. If you’re looking for an adrenaline-filled time they will be able to assist.

Tel: 021 844 0975
Address: N2, Elgin
Website: triactive.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 10,7 km


Restaurant


The Hickory Shack is a smokehouse in the style of traditional Texan BBQ. They use local woods and organic chips to smoke, believing that only time will serve the cut. The Hickory Shack is perfect for a long, slow afternoon. There are also several great mountain bike trails starting nearby.

Tel: 021 300 1396
Address: N2, Elgin
Website: www.hickoryshack.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 14,9 km

Restaurant


The popular Peregrine Farm Stall is a household name amongst Cape locals. It offers an abundance of locally sourced artisanal goods and wholesome, responsibly farmed, fresh produce. They have a highly regarded café as well as a creative pop up shop and playground area. Everson’s Cider tasting can be enjoyed here from Thursday to Sunday.

Tel: 021 848 9011
Address: N2, Elgin
Website: peregrinefarmstall.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 13 km

Restaurant


SALT at Paul Cluver. Add a pinch of salt and a dash of wine to make up the ingredients for a winning recipe also known as SALT at Paul Cluver, the latest venture from legendary chefs Craig Cormack and Beau du Toit.

Tel: 021 844 0012
Address: N2, Elgin
Website: www.cluver.com
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 10,7 km


Wine Tasting


Almenkerk Wine Estate is a true family estate. Part of their mission statement is to have loads of fun while making wine! Refusing to compromise where the quality of the wine is concerned, they are strongly committed to making simply delicious wines. A visit to this estate will reward you with spectacular vistas. Take a walk through their gardens which have cafefully curated sculptural exhibits year round.

Tel: 021 848 9844
Address: Viljoenshoop Road, Elgin
Website: www.almenkerk.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 18,2 km

Wine Tasting


Barton Vineyards is set on the gentle slopes of the Kogelberg overlooking the Botriver Valley to Walker Bay with olive groves, essential oil plantations and villas. Our frost-free climate and exposure to the cool sea breezes ensures that exceptional award-winning wines are produced.

Tel: 028 284 9283
Address: R43, towards Hermanus
Website: www.bartonvineyards.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 10,7 km

Wine Tasting


Beaumont Wines is home to the region’s oldest wine cellar, originally established by the Dutch East India Company. Taste wines on their stoep. Advance order delicious platters and picnics to enjoy with the wines and take a tour of the cellar.

Tel: 028 284 9194
Address: Compagnes Drift Farm, Bot River
Website: www.beaumont.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 7,7 km


Wine Tasting


Elgin Ridge Wines work to grow organic and bio-dynamic vineyards. This gives their vines nourishment that is sustainable and ensures that wines truly represent the land itself. Their philosophy of certified organic wine, made naturally, begins in the vineyard and ends in the bottle.

Tel: 021 846 8060
Address: Appletiser Road, Elgin
Website: www.elginridge.com
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 18,3 km

Wine Tasting


Genevieve MCC is a boutique Methode cap Classique producer nestled in the Bot River Valley. Founder, Melissa Genevieve Nelsen pursued her passion into the winemaking industry to develop the beautiful Genevieve Blanc de Blanc we know today. The search for the perfect terroir and quality grapes led Melissa to Bot River.

Tel: 083 302 6562
Address: Klein Botrivier, Karwyderskraal Rd, Bot River
Website: www.genevievemcc.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 18 km

Wine Tasting


Luddite Wines is in the process of developing into a self-sufficient farm and are committed to farming as conscientiously and as greenly as possible.

Tel: 028 284 9308
Address: Van Der Stel Pass Road, Bot River
Website: www.luddite.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 8,9 km


Wine Tasting


Paul Wallace, Never known to be a traditionalist, and sometimes described as something of a viticultural maverick, has been making his own Malbec from bought in grapes since 2004. What started as a ‘fun project’ has developed something of a reputation and following. Tastings by appointment only.

Tel: 083 255 1884 / 082 572 1406
Address: 63 Highlands Road, Elgin
Website: paulwallacewines.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 20 km

Wine Tasting


Rivendell Estate is located on the Whale Route, en route to Hermanus. The estate offers wine tasting which can be accompanied by platters and also boasts an a la carte restaurant. You can look forward to enjoying your wine whilst taking delight in the panoramic view of the surrounding vineyards and mountains.

Tel: 028 284 9185
Address: R43, towards Hermanus
Website: www.rivendell-estate.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 16 km

Wine Tasting


South Hill Vineyards is an exclusive boutique wine farm situated on the cool mountain plateau of the Elgin Valley. Enjoy superb wines and bistro-style lunches at South Hill Vineyards restaurant, while browsing through the art gallery and sculpture garden featuring local artists.

Tel: 021 844 0888
Address: Valley Road, Elgin
Website: southhill.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 14,7 km


Wine Tasting


The 1 000 hectare Wildekrans Wine Estate holds tastings of their award-winning wines in the original cellar, built in 1936. Cellar tours can be booked in advance. Their restaurant, Forage, features a menu which evolves with the seasons. Please note, no under 12s allowed at the restaurant.

Tel: 028 284 9902
Address: R43, Bot River
Website: www.wildekrans.com
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 8,7 km

Zip Lining


Cape Canopy Tour provides a unique mountain adventure for anyone aged 5 to 75 and beyond. Zip line through the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve spectacular views. Don’t be worried if you are scared of heights – that will soon be forgotten once you’ve completed the first slide. You will soon be hooked!

Tel: 021 3000 501
Address: R321, from Grabouw towards Villiersdorp
Website: www.canopytour.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 26,4 km

4×4


Tri-Active offers all sorts of adventure experiences and excursions, from clay pigeon shooting to fishing, quad biking, 4x4ing and much more. If you’re looking for an adrenaline-filled time they will be able to assist.

Tel: 021 844 0975
Address: N2, Elgin
Website: triactive.co.za
Distance from Houw Hoek Hotel: 10,7 km