Hog Hollow is a wonderfully peaceful and unpretentious hideaway, moments from the buzz of the Garden Route and with glorious views out over the surrounding countryside.
What’s Hog Hollow Really Like?
Walking in to Hog Hollow to the sound of a running stream made us feel instantly relaxed. You arrive into the main lodge, which houses the dining area. Everyone eats in for breakfast, but if you decide to stay for supper, just let the lodge know by 6pm. Outside there’re glorious views from the deck, where guests meet beside the firepit for evening drinks. This is also a lovely spot to watch the sun rise, but we’d recommend keeping an eye out for the naughty monkeys who might want to share it with you. Below is a peaceful swimming pool -probably best for before your evening drinks, as the wine is rather tempting!
Walkways lead to the sixteen large individual suites, which are simply, but cheerfully decorated, and have a private deck. A tip from us- at the end of a day exploring the Garden Route, arm yourself with a drink and drag your beanbag outside to watch the sun go down. We loved the thoughtful touches of a hot water bottle when we went to bed, and a cellphone in the room in case we needed anything in the night. Three of the suites are loft suites, where parents have a double room and ensuite bathroom upstairs, and in the sitting room below the ottoman and sleeper couch can be made up for younger children. For groups travelling together (or people who just want a bit more privacy) Hog Hollow also has a 3-bedroomed Villa and a 4-bedroomed Forest Villa.
Children at Hog Hollow: Hog Hollow is a rare lodge that genuinely seems to welcome everyone, but travelling with children can have its extra challenges (and delights, of course). Hog Hollow go out of their way to make younger guests welcome with milk and biscuits at bedtime, baby sitting if you want an adult evening, and buckets and spades to take down to the beach.
What can I do at Hog Hollow?
When you arrive, Hog Hollow are brilliant about letting you know what’s going on locally and making suggestions for activities to suit you. Birds of Eden and Monkeyland (huge hits with children, but also your adult reviewer) are a hike across the valley, though Hog Hollow can also arrange a shuttle if you’d prefer. For a more relaxing stay, you can book a massage in your room or a champagne cruise along the Keurbooms River. There’re also horse trails nearby, stand up paddle-boarding and tree-top canopy tours.
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