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Botrivier may appear as a sleepy village but scratch a little under the surface and you will find a host of inspiring characters, amazing old farms, unique winemakers and a celebrated hotel whose proprietor is a veritable fountain of information.
Centuries ago, the Khoi-Khoi (meaning men of men) were pastoralists who found the grazing and plentiful water along the Bot River an ideal stop for their cattle. Pioneering Dutch cattle traders later ventured into the area and the first farm was granted to a citizen in 1708. Today, the farms are a mix of cattle, fruit, onion and wine farms and the old railway line can still be seen winding its way through the Houwhoek Mountains to reach the apple farms in adjoining valleys.
Botrivier is a short distance from many attractions such as the Hermanus Whale Route, a casino and spectacular golf courses, but the town has its own wine route filled with hidden... Show more