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Vagabond King at the Botrivier Hotel this afternoon (31 March 2017) from around 6ish! There will be cool people, hot music, great vibes and complimentary snacks. #Botrivier #Botriver #Music #LiveMusic #Weekend Just off the #N2

 

 

 

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Saturday night live @botrivier
Botrivier Hotel Saturday 2 July 2016
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House of the Rising Hand, Brou. Up the Evolution.

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Wednesday, 23 March 2016

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, we can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring us the real facts. – Abraham Lincoln – #rightTOtruth #humanRights

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Monday, 21 March 2016

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Wednesday, 9 March 2016

IRadio Kalahari Orkes 11 Maart in Botrivier

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Bosbou in fynbosstreke ‘is nie omgewingslim’ mensdom …Dis dalk nie meer ekonomies of omgewingslim om bosbou met…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Monday, 29 February 2016

Biospheres, Natural Capital and alien clearing… Biosphere reserves are ‘living experiments’ in sustainability,…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Thursday, 25 February 2016

our hearts are green

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Thursday, 25 February 2016

Tripe, curry stews, porkbelly ribs, lamb pie, T-bone steaks and Jan Ellis-pudding. Traditional food cooked the…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Wednesday, 17 February 2016

A blues band influenced by Chicago and Delta, peppered with subtle gestures of Grit (as the name suggests) towers over…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Saturday, 13 February 2016

Botrivier Hotel 5 Februarie 2016

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Tuesday, 2 February 2016

…you can check any time you like, but you can never leave…B.L.A. Backpackers slowly taking shape..(in the stables)

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Thursday, 21 January 2016

Robin Auld – Botrivier Hotel – 16 Jan 16 – tickets R1

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Saturday, 9 January 2016

Rules + Money Tour = 23 Dec @Botrivier Hotel #egoWar #mrcatandthejackal

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Wednesday, 9 December 2015

… And MORE……. let there be music! Folk rocker Heather Waters performing her new album ‘Castles and Towers’ live…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Friday, 4 December 2015

… and let there be music! Folk rocker Heather Waters performing her new album ‘Castles and Towers’ live on the stoep -…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Braaivleis, rugby, sunny skies and Chevrolet …

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Sunday, 22 November 2015

We discovered the 1924 Lifebuoy hard copy advertisement at the Botrivier Hotel still in very good nic and decided to…

The name of Tom Mix – Hollywood star of the 1930’s appears in the Botrivier Hotel quest register – whether it is…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Sunday, 8 November 2015

The whole area is inspirational and one of more than 400 biosphere reserves worldwide. Kogelberg was South Africa’s…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Monday, 28 September 2015

#Botrivier’ Botrivier o Botrivierdie Poort na die Overbergmet die prentjieprag van die Helderbergkomen die wonder…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Friday, 18 September 2015

#mushrooms … ‘ Humanity is facing a…a major crisis: our immediate environment is being riddled with pesticides,…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Wednesday, 9 September 2015

KolKol Mountain Lodge

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Botriver is thinking PINK again this #SPRING with the spotlight on ‘abuse against woman & children -with Khoi poet, Nicy…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Friday, 4 September 2015

Botriver is turning PINK again this Spring with the spotlight on ‘abuse against woman & children -with Khoi poet, Nicy…

Posted by Liza Botha on Thursday, 3 September 2015

Botriver is turning PINK again this Spring with the spotlight on ‘abuse against woman & children -with Khoi poet, Nicy…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Next Sunday the 23rd we will host The oh So Serious…The Oh So Serious this is a project by Vana, a country blues…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Sunday, 16 August 2015

 +Die oorspronklike Khoi naam vir die rivier was Gouga, wat letterlik ‘vet’ of in ‘oorvloed’ beteken – en Botrivier soos…

HISTORY of buchu …- #Khoi medicinal herbs of the #KogelbergBiosphere -…Imagine the Southern Western tip of Africa…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Sunday, 2 August 2015

#Rooibos (Anglicized pronunciation: /ˈroy-bos; Afrikaans pronunciation: [rɔːibɔs], meaning “red bush”; scientific name…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Friday, 24 July 2015

ahh HOY…AND THE TRAIN THAT NEVER REACHED HERMANUS..Another interesting bit of #transportHistory is the heritage of…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Thursday, 16 July 2015

Cornellskop” is situated 5km from #Botrivier along the historic ‘van der Stel Pass and is a #working #farm where animals…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Friday, 10 July 2015

In commemoration of this absolute phenomenon and great gift which is the music of Pink Floyd … we are hosting the…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Sunday, 5 July 2015

#PinkFloyd were an #EnglishRock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their #progressive and…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Wednesday, 1 July 2015

A part of our interesting #transportHistory … the First #German made #Porche sold in 1952 in South Africa was sold to…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Tuesday, 30 June 2015

The #BlackEagle or #WitkruisArend in Afrikaans has precise habitat requirements and is rare outside of its particular…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Monday, 29 June 2015

#Biosphere reserves are ‘living experiments’ in sustainability, tasked with the role of showing the world how to…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Thursday, 25 June 2015

Through #transportHistory #Sunbeam was a marque registered by John Marston Co. Ltd of Wolverhampton, England in 1888….

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Sunday, 21 June 2015

Are you ready for the #capeCountryMeander? Next time you go on holiday remember … #BakingSoda has a wide range of…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Saturday, 20 June 2015

How does alien clearing increase #water supply? #Clearing river #banks allows water to flow freely and raises the level…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Sunday, 14 June 2015

Our ‘blacksmyths at the #Bellows Restaurant are waiting to serve you with local meat from Gouga ….T-Bones, Porkbelly…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Thursday, 11 June 2015

‘ You’ve gotto #LoveChange. The only way that everything stays the same … is when everything changes. The only…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Tuesday, 9 June 2015

#warhorse : The Great Depression began a few months after the introduction of their 45 cubic inch model. Harley-Davidson…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Sunday, 7 June 2015

Die legendariese Sweedse ontdekkingsreisiger Olof Bergh het destyds in die Kaapkolonie aangekom as skeepsvaandeldraer en…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Thursday, 4 June 2015

Botrivier is part of the #Kogelberg Biosphere. Managing biodiversity effectively can contribute to maintaining a steady…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Alien plant growth and Cape Fires..South Africa is a #water-scarce country and the supply of fresh water is a major…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Saturday, 30 May 2015

Going Slow Blues 30 May #Botrivier Hotel

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Tuesday, 26 May 2015

You are cordially invited to join us for some live #music by Gauteng based band ‘#BrightLightsBigCity on the 30th May at…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Although we love to do things #slow -there is a couple of #exceptions…. #capeTown #Porche club changing the pace of #transportHistory in #Botrivier

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Sunday, 24 May 2015

Long live the King!

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Friday, 15 May 2015

A blues band influenced by Chicago and Delta, peppered with subtle gestures of Grit, Country and Soul, Bright Lights Big…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Thursday, 14 May 2015

Botrivier se Geheime maandelikse Gemeenskapsmark – Botrivier’s Secret monthly Community Market

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Wednesday, 13 May 2015

‘M-Day’ celebrations

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Man and the biosphere Launched in 1971, UNESCO’s Man and the #Biosphere Programme (MAB) is an Intergovernmental…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Thursday, 7 May 2015

#Historically the town #Botrivier has played a role in the #transportHistory of the country, mainly because because of…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Piet Botha in lewende lywe by Botrivier Hotel on 18.04.2015

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Piet Botha & Akkedis LIVE – Botrivier 18.04.2015

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Tuesday’s are our ‘wild day’s’ – we prepare traditional delicious #tripe, or #oxtail or venison served with vegetables…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Tuesday, 7 April 2015

It is no #secret that our world is seeing a huge increase in poor health and cancer cases. It should come as no…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Thursday, 2 April 2015

To LIKE or not to LIKE … we are now a LIKE PAGE … and still pumping ..Hou daarvan of nie … ons is nou ‘n HOU DAARVAN…

Posted by Botrivier Hotel on Wednesday, 1 April 2015

 

Our Rich & Lovely His story

‪#‎Historically‬ the town ‪#‎Botrivier‬ has played a role in the ‪#‎transportHistory‬of the country, mainly because because of its location. Serving as a trading post for the early ‪#‎Khoi‬ and Dutch East India Companjie and later as an outspan for cattle and wagons travelling over the gruelling Houw Hoek Pass.
A major event in the life of Botrivier was the arrival of the railway line from Cape Town to Caledon in 1902. This was after track layers had pushed the line through the Hottentots-Holland mountain chain near Somerset West in a massive engineering feat and brought the village alive, allowing residents and trades people to journey to the metropolis of Cape Town quickly and easily. Conversely, it allowed city dwellers to see something of the countryside. Passengers and goods destined for further afield in the Overberg were then transported by SAR bus from the Botrivier station. We need to ‪#‎bringbackthetrain‬.
The station was completed in 1912 and trains visited the town of Botrivier mainly serving surrounding Coastal towns such as‪#‎Hermanuspietersfontein‬ and later Gansbaai, Caledon and ‪#‎Kleinmond‬. Today we say #bringbackthetrain -for good…
Get behind this campaign and help us to #bringbackthetrain to ‪#‎overberg‬& ‪#‎capecountry‬ ! Just watch this space

 

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Confucius said ‘Cooperation and wisdom are blood brothers’ and he also said that ‘wisdom is to know your own foolishness.’

botriver south africa transport history


Alien plant growth and Cape Fires..


South Africa is a ‪#‎water‬-scarce country and the supply of fresh water is a major constraint to future development, with demand likely to outstrip supply by 2025. Scientists predict that climate change will worsen this situation, as the interior of the country becomes warmer, and the western part becomes drier, with more intense and ‪#‎frequent‬ fires.
How do alien plants affect ‪#‎fires‬? If alien trees and shrubs are allowed to spread across the landscape, they increase the risk of large fires that get out of control and threaten life and property! Alien vegetation often has a higher ‪#‎oil‬ content and burns ‪#‎hotter‬ and faster than indigenous vegetation and kills seedbed. These fires leave very little behind, causing soil erosion when the rains come. Many alien plant seeds germinate after fires, causing them to spread faster than before and cost more to clear.
Think nature restoration .. let’s clear our rivers as we clean our minds.’ minds…

WELCOME TO THE KOGELBERG BIOSPHERE RESERVE


Just an hour out of Cape Town at the southern tip of Africa, lies an area of such natural beauty and floral diversity as to be recognized as perhaps the world’s greatest biodiversity hot-spot. Size for size, this 100 000 hectare UNESCO registered Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is home to the most complex biodiversity on our planet! Here we have some 1880 different plant species… the next richest is the South American rainforest with just 420 species per 10000 square kilometres! Biosphere Reserves are ‘new concept’ reserves… nowhere do you see fences to keep ‘people’ out and ‘nature’ in… it is the commitment of local communities, farmers, conservation agencies and local government that protects the magnificent landscapes and unique biodiversity!

Read more about the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve

 

 

BOTRIVER WINES


“From the top fo the Houw Hoek Pass, one gets the first glimpse of the vast, rolling hills and big sky of the Bot River area, where real people make real wine”. Read more

THE ‘NEW’ BLAASBALK RESTAUTRANT AT BOTRIVER HOTEL

Our entire kitchen at the restaurant has been upgraded – and so did what comes out of there. We have a new menu and it is very popular. You can read a recent review on the Blaasbalk Restaurant at the Botrivier Hotel here.
Read more about this on our website

 

WINE IT


On the R43 just outside Botrivier, Wine It’s addition to their venue is a packed full of goodies farm stall. Pop in for fresh bread: Mushroom and Onion, Sundried tomato and Olive. Pies: Calvinia lamb pie, vegetable pie and chicken pie. Cupcakes, samoosas, scones, biltong, droewors, olives, olive oil, rooibos tea & Anybos and Liefland cheese. Read more

 

 

 

CRAFT BEER, JUST BREWED DIFFERENTLY

Naturally fermented, unfiltered and unpasturised


After living in Europe for several years, Mark and Analize ter Morshuizen from Honingklip Brewery just outside of Botrivier on the R43 road leading to Hermanus, learned to appreciate the wide range of European beers available, in particular the Belgian beers. On returning to South Africa, they set out to brew the beers they no longer had access to. That hobby turned into a new micro brewery, brewing a range of Belgian inspired ales from Saison, a light refreshing beer, with a touch of wheat a moderately spicy aroma, light fruity flavour and a dry finish to Wit, a zesty Belgian wheat beer, made with barley, wheat and oats, flavoured with coriander, camomile and lemon zest. Visit www.honingklipbrewery.co.za for further details.


Boston Breweries on tap at Botrivier Hotel shares more of the brewing process of craft beers. Read more ….

DE GEHEIME KELDER


Mind your step and watch your head on entering De Geheime Kelder “under” the Botrivier Hotel.


De Geheime Kelder is an initiative of the Botrivier Hotel, in order to create a space for local artists and craftsmen to showcase their unique creations. In 2013 “Mtini and Evets” moved into the community and expressed interest in participating in this exciting venture. “Mtini and Evets” is the brainchild of Michael du Plooy and Steven van Rooyen.


Mtini is Michael du Plooy, an artist who is currently serving on the council of the South African Society of Artists, he specializes in painting in Acrylics and also collaborates with Evets in creating installation pieces. Evets is Steven van Rooyen, a carpenter and sculptor that specializes in creating functional artpieces and furniture from mainly recycled wood and other recycled materials.


“Mtini and Evets” found similar principles in De Geheime Kelder, such as providing other artists and craftsmen the opportunity to create, showcasing the beauty of their natural environment and finding ways to preserve a more organic way of life. “Mtini and Evets” is proud to be associated with the Botrivier Hotel, who opened the doors of De Geheime Kelder to them in order to become a productive part of this beautiful community. Their latest work is currently on exhibit at the hotel’s very unique gallery. If one travels through the Overberg, don’t forget to have a locally crafted beer at the Botrivier Hotel, that will give you the opportunity to visit De Geheime Kelder and view their work. They will also be showcasing some of the best art and craft Botrivier has to offer


You can also experience the charm of the Hotel and see the biodiversity of the plantlife in the area. As De Geheime Kelder suggests, by its name: Botrivier is a hidden gem with something to offer for all visitors.

 

Stay @ Botrivier Hotel!


Come stay at the Botrivier Hotel for an unforgettable experience! Bookings are essential, so please contact us to reserve your stay!


Trading hours: We are open seven days a week except on the 25th of December.

 


Our restaurant and bar is now a WIFI hotspot, so come and tune in. We also host functions, birthdays, meals, accommodation and live music for individuals and groups.


Read more about this on our website … !

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