Most people believe that Cape Town was home to South Africa’s first settlers – when it was, in fact, Plettenberg Bay. Originally named Bahia Formosa (Beautiful Bay) by early Portuguese navigators, the vessel Sao Gonzales was anchored here for two months in 1630 for repairs. A storm wrecked the ship, and the hundred surviving crew members spent several months building two new boats and a tiny wooden chapel from the remains of the wreck. Beautiful Bay suffered a name change in 1778, when Governor Joachim van Plettenberg (clearly not a modest man) was so taken with the area that he named it after himself! Today, Plett is an upmarket resort town and, in spring, home to whales that calve in the shallow waters of the bay
Hog Hollow Country Lodge is set on the edge of an indigenous forest in a private nature reserve, with stunning views of the surrounding forests, valleys and mountains. Each of the suites features a king-size bed, ceiling fans, a fireplace (except for the family rooms), an ensuite bathroom and a private deck, as well as mini bars and mini hi-fis.
The guest areas include a dining area, swimming pool, boma (traditional outside dining area), forest sauna, privately-sited forest shower, library and quiet lounge areas. Hearty breakfasts are served on the deck and guests can savour delicious dinners in the candle-lit atmosphere of the guest house. Fish, prawns and crayfish are daily treats on the menu. Child-friendly menus and earlier dining hours are special features for junior guests.
What we love about Hog Hollow Country Lodge
- Gaze over the panoramic views of the Matjies River Gorge and Tsitsikamma Mountain Range from the comfort of your private deck, entertained by the lively antics of a troop of inquisitive vervet monkeys that have made the surrounding forest their home.
- Join the lively communal and atmospheric dining experience, held in the main dining area or al fresco, if the weather permits. Guests meet around a central table to swap tales of your travel adventures and reflect over the day’s activities (if you prefer dining alone, simply ask the staff, who will be more than happy to set up a separate table).