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Botrivier Hotel Saturday 2 July 2016
Next Sunday the 23rd we will host The oh So Serious…The Oh So Serious this is a project by Vana, a country blues…+Die oorspronklike Khoi naam vir die rivier was Gouga, wat letterlik ‘vet’ of in ‘oorvloed’ beteken – en Botrivier soos…
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#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
Confucius said ‘Cooperation and wisdom are blood brothers’ and he also said that ‘wisdom is to know your own foolishness.’
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!
“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.
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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
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.
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