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Hog Hollow Country Lodge

Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa

Hog Hollow Country Lodge in Plettenberg Bay, on South Africa's Garden Route
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Hog Hollow Country Lodge offers incredible vistas along the Garden Route of South AfricaLush indigenous vegetation and forests framed by majestic mountain ranges on the one side and the Indian Ocean with its pristine white beaches on the other, make the Garden Route, situated on the East Coast of Southern Africa, one of the most beautiful areas of South Africa.

Hog Hollow Country Lodge, a private nature reserve, is situated 18km east of the small coastal town of Plettenberg Bay. An ideal base to explore the Garden Route, Hog Hollow Country Lodge offers views over the Matjes River gorge and indigenous forest towards the Tsitsikamma Mountains. The 14ha property is zoned a private nature reserve by Cape Nature Conservation.

Personalized service and friendly hospitality is a Hog Hollow trademark. Owners, Andy and Debbie, believe turning guests into friends is an essential part of the Hog Hollow experience.

Accommodation           For images of Hog Hollow Country Lodge, click Hog Hollow Images
Twelve uniquely individual rooms offer uninterrupted views over the indigenous forests and Tsitsikamma Mountains. These comfortable African-styled rooms, situated in the gardens surrounding the main house, are decorated in earthy colors, naturally woven fabrics, artifacts and tones from north-eastern Africa, and local handcrafted woods.

Each room has a private wooden deck, fitted with its own hammock and wooden furniture overlooking the forest and an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower.

Forest Suite (2)
Freestanding cottages, with French doors leading out onto full-length wooden decks with hammocks to wile away those balmy sunny days. These suite include a king-sized bed, lounge, bathroom (shower and bath) and atrium. The rooms are beautifully appointed in rich textures, ochre & cream fabrics and original artifacts from Africa.

Garden Suites (6)
Single story accommodation, again richly decorated in the African theme, with French doors leading out onto private balconies with hammocks and spectacular views over the Gorge and the Mountains.

The Round House
Traditionally used as the honeymoon or romantic suite. Built from a reservoir, this unique, circular duplex decorated in naturally woven fabrics, artifacts & earthy tones from northeastern Africa, has a lounge downstairs with restful views over the gardens and indigenous forest.

Upstairs, the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom (bath & shower), has a Juliet wooden balcony overlooking the Matjies Gorge & Tsitsikamma Mountain range, ideal for sipping chilled champagne on star-lit evenings.

Loft Suites (3)
The Loft Suites are double story accommodation, decorated in the rich textures of Africa and with original artwork. Upstairs is the master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom (shower and bath). Downstairs French doors lead out from the lounge onto private wooden decks, again with hammocks in which to recline.

The main house is where it all happens and, apart from the dining room, includes three lounge areas; one leading out to the sun drenched pool area while another offers the privacy of a leafy garden vista, ideal for reading. The third is situated underneath the old Cape Ficus Tree growing through the deck, perfect for spotting birds coming to feed off the fruit in the tree.

From the social milieu of the main house to the cool waters of the pool, overlooking the Matjes River Gorge and a prefect spot to soak up the sun whilst sipping a fresh drink or enjoying a light lunch, the Hog Hollow bar provides excellent beverages to complement all occasions.

Hog Hollow is well known for its delectable food and friendly, personalized service. Farmhouse breakfasts are served on the wooden deck overlooking the forest on crisp clear days or indoors near the huge fireplace when it is cooler.

In the evenings, guests enjoy scrumptious dinners around the communal table in the convivial comfort of the candle-lit main house. Meals are prepared using only the freshest of local produce and any guests with specific dietary requirements are catered for individually.

At breakfast, hosts assist the guests in planning their day. There are so many wonderful places to see and things to do in the area that guests are able to book activities according to anyone's specific individual needs.

Attractions nearby include at least 50 charted and guided walks. The area is part of one of the world's great floral kingdoms with a host of bird-life and wildlife for nature lovers.

Horse-riding, mountain biking, canoeing, windsurfing, canopy walk, scuba diving, paragliding, deep sea fishing, bungi jumping and black water tubing down the Storms River Gorge are among some of the great outdoor activities the area has to offer.

There is sea kayaking in the bay as well as the opportunity to explore Robberg and Stormsriver Mouth Nature Reserves

The unique and most exciting feature of this area is the abundance of marine mammals in the bay which is flanked by two marine nature reserves and therefore rich in food for the resident whales and dolphins. Apart from the resident Bryde whale, Indo-Pacific Humpback, Bottlenose and Common Dolphins who feed in the bay all year round, the area also enjoys seasonal visits from the Southern Right, Humpback and Killer Whales during their annual migration.

From July to September every year, Southern Right Whales migrate to this part of the Indian Ocean to calve. There are organized boat trips all year round to see Brydes whales and dolphins. Huge schools of dolphin surfing the breakers or leaping clear of the blue sea, are a regular sight throughout the year.

Boat trips are available through Ocean Blue Adventures where you wil have the opportunity to interact with the dolphins in the bay. Ocean Adventures will provide you with fascinating insights into the rich marine heritage. View the beauty of this coastline from a different angle and enjoy the exceptional photographic opportunities available. Special requests for tailor-made trips can be accommodated.

African Ramble Air Safaris offer a dedicated whale watching flight and a thirty minute scenic flight along the coast from Plettenberg Bay to the Knysna Heads.

Equitrailing specializes in horse trails through pristine indigenous forests and can incorporate biking, canoeing, abseiling and hiking.

A newly constructed path to Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary gives guests the opportunity to view numerous indigenous species such as Stinkwood and Yellowwood trees, a variety of Fynbos and wildlife such as Bush Pig, Bush Buck, Lynx, Otters, Baboons, Monkeys and prolific bird life including the Knysna Loerie, whilst enjoying the hour long walk starting at the lodge. After soaking up the splendor of a living forest, you can relax on the sunny deck of the restaurant while enjoying a meal or a cocktail.

Day Trips from Hog Hollow
Knysna: The Heads Nature Reserve, Lagoon, Shops, Restaurants, Oyster Farm, Big Tree, Elephants & Garden of Eden
Noetzie: View the Castles
Storms River: Spectacular views of river mouth, restaurant & guided walks around nature reserve.
Natures' Valley: Beach, Lagoon and Hiking Trails
Keurbooms Beach: Arch Rock, Khoi San Midden, Tea Room overlooking beach.
Plettenberg Bay: Robberg Nature Reserve, Lookout and Central Beaches, Restaurants, Shops, Pubs & much more.
Guided walks by nature conservationist available on reserve. Otter Trail, Outeniqua Trail, Tsitsikamma Trail are amongst the more well-known hikes nearby.
Arts & Crafts furniture makers, Mohair products, Batiks, Sun Dyed Cloths, Artists, Potters, Jewelry workshop & Whale Shop.
Tsitsikamma Forest: Woodcutters Forest Journey, Blackwater tubing and Forest Canopy Walk.

Attractions in the Area
Birdlife: an ornithologist survey found 57 species on the farm alone.
Flora: The area is considered one of the world's seven floral kingdoms.
Wildlife: Monkeys, Baboons, Bushpig, Buck, Porcupine, Tortoise, Leopard (rare)
Sealife: Seals, Otters, Whale watching and a boat trip from where you have the opportunity to interact with the dolphins in the bay.
Tsitsikamma Forest: Woodcutters Forest Journey, Picnics, Blackwater Tubing, Guided Walking Trails and Forest Canopy Walk.
Arts & Crafts furniture makers, Mohair products, Batiks, Sun Dyed Cloths, Artists, Potters, Jewelry workshop, Theatre & Whale Shop.

Hog Hollow Country House was voted best Country House Hotel in South Africa by Johansens 2000.

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