Escape to a beautiful private nature reserve in Tsitikama on South Africa's Garden Route. For the environmentally conscious holidaymaker, Hog Hollow Country Lodge offers the rare combination of real contemporary luxury and eco-responsible green thinking. A dedicated recycling programme has seen the lodge accredited with the Wilderness Foundation Green Leaf. Equally high on the agenda here though is your holiday happiness.

The Lodge, the resort’s social hub, overlooks the Matjites River Gorge and is divided into lounges that suit every mood. The Reading Room is your literary sanctuary with views of the Tsitsikama mountains and forest valley as inspirational as the words on the pages. The Pool Lounge opens out to the refreshing blue pool and its comfy recliners, while bird-lovers will enjoy watching the feathered friends who visit the fruit tree in the Ficus Lounge.

Children are more than welcome and are traeted to special turn downs each evening with a glass of milk and a gingerbread man. Babysitting can be arranged and there are children’s stories and a whole box of toys too. 

The dining room table in The Main House is famously large and doubles as both a breakfast time planning station for the day’s activities, and a candlelit dining area laden with delicious dishes in the evening. Following a stimulating day exploring the region’s attractions, repair to The Boma for a nightcap accompanied by the soothing sounds of a crackling log fire.

The Hog Hollow Horse Trails join a wealth of activities at this resort that showcase the landscape’s charms. Saddle up and witness the vineyards, fynbo forests and open plains of the Tsitikama from a unique perspective.

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Accommodation

Standard Suite

The sixteen suites are all situated in the gardens surrounding the main house and feature king size beds (or twin if you prefer). Interiors display warm, earthy colours with a bit of zing. There are hand crafted artifacts, a well stocked mini bar and a hi-fi complete with music selection. Sit out on your private wooden deck listening to the sounds of a garden humming with life, enveloped in the warmth of the African sun. There's no TV, but the view is better than Sky! Fun features of this accomodation include: A South African bedtime story; a hot water bottle for those chilly winter evenings; Wifi access (which can be erratic because of the terrain, but you can always pop up to the main house to log in); homemade Lemon syrup (complete with recipe) – it’s deliciously refreshing, and hand-baked cookies (in tightly sealed jars as the monkeys do love to eat them too).

Family Suite

There are three double storey suites suitable for families with children aged 12 or under sharing with their parents. Children are accommodated downstairs on a double sleeper couch and an ottoman, slightly shorter than a single bed but wider. There is a communal TV in the Far Lounge at Hog Hollow, but none in the rooms and no fireplaces in the double storey suites!

The Villa

The Villa @ Hog Hollow is about 400 metres from the main lodge but still on the private nature reserve. It’s a three bedroomed double storey house with extraordinary views over the valley and Tsitsikamma Mountains. The house opens up on the infinity pool and wooden decks giving it an airy and light feel. The lounge (45m2) is spacious and sunny: comfortable leather furniture, drinks cabinet, music system, DSTV and DVD player, fireplace and wooden deck area with magnificent views over the valley, forest and mountains.

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Food & Drink

Dining

Breakfast - Hog Hollow is well known for its delectable food. On crisp clear mornings, farmhouse breakfasts are served on the boma deck overlooking the forest and mountains, or near the huge fireplace when it’s cooler. Enjoy a splendid buffet array with all the trimmings and perhaps a bit of bubbly to begin the day. There is also of course a seriously scrumptious selection to choose from in the hot breakfast section too.

Dinner - At the centre of the Main House is the famously large dining room table. Dinners start out at the boma - with tasty little treats to whet the appetite. It’s a festive occasion as the day ends and the full splendor of the African stars shine down on deck. Then your hosts invite you in to wine and dine in the candle-lit main house. If communal dining is not your thing, there are lots of lovely little areas where you can dine privately. Just ask your host.