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Hog Hollow Country Lodge is set on a private nature reserve on the edge of an indigenous forest, with breathtaking views of the Tsitsikamma Mountains and surrounding valleys. A mere 18km’s from the popular coastal town of Plettenberg Bay this Garden Route Eco Lodge is well known for its panoramic views, warm hospitality, luxury accommodation and tantalising cuisine.
The Lodge overlooks the Matjies River Gorge and is a place where guests can relax and kick their shoes off, enjoy a drink from the bar or escape to one of the lounges. These offer quiet retreats and are a favorite among bird lovers as the fruit laden Ficus tree attracts many feathered beauties.
Breakfasts are served in the outdoor sunshine on the boma deck, or inside by the fire on chilly days. Hog Hollow dinners are a festive occasion, served at famously large dining room table in the candle-lit main house; if you prefer something more private and intimate your hosts will be happy to oblige. Guests can enjoy their favorite nightcap beneath splendor of the African night sky while lounging on a pile of comfy cushions on the boma deck with a fire crackling nearby.
ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION PLETTENBERG BAY
There are 16 individual suites set within the lush gardens surrounding the main house. The rooms exude an earthy, natural essence with their elegant African décor, hand crafted artifacts and woven textiles.
Each comfortable and stylish suite features a king size bed (or twin), en-suite bathroom, a private wooden deck, well stocked mini bar, handmade cookies (tightly sealed in a jar because the monkeys adore them too) and most have a cozy fireplace.
The 3 double-story suites are suitable for families with children aged 12 or under, sharing with their parents. The kids are accommodated downstairs on an ottoman and double sleeper couch. There are special turn downs in the evening with a Gingerbread man and a glass of fresh milk (or hot chocolate in winter). Children’s stories, buckets, spades, body boards and a whole box of toys and other interesting things are provided. Baby-sitting can be arranged.
There is a communal TV in one of the lounges at the lodge but not in the rooms and there are no fireplaces in the double story Family Suites.
The double story Villa has 3 bedrooms and is located approximately 400m from the main lodge on the private nature reserve, with extraordinary views over the valley and the breathtaking Tsitsikamma Mountains.
The house has a light and airy feel and opens onto a wooden deck and sparkling infinity pool. The spacious is sunny and has comfortable leather furniture, drinks cabinet, music system, DSTV and DVD player and a fireplace.
The modern open-plan kitchen is well equipped and lends itself to sociable food preparation. The 8-seater wooden dining table, lanterns candles and access to the veranda and pool area via wooden stack-sliding doors provide a wonderful setting to enjoy family meals together.
The downstairs master bedroom and main upstairs bedroom both have an en-suite bathrooms; the Atelier bedroom upstairs has a bathroom, separate toilet and a cozy private lounge. The Villa is an ideal family holiday home where the children can enjoy the upstairs bedrooms and games room kitted with a pool table with a table tennis option, television and loads of videos to choose from. The swimming pool does have a net and your hosts will gladly cover it for you on request.
Guests can soak up the views, laze around the pool on sunny days, relax in the sauna, be treated to a rejuvenating massage on the deck or in in the privacy of your suite, read a book or go for a walk. There are over 50 charted walks in and around the area which you can explore on foot or by horseback.
Hog Hollow Horse Trails offers a 1 hour farm trail with views of the forest and mountains, a 2 hour forest trail among all the wildlife on the private nature reserve or a 3 hour Cruise The Crags Trail to some of the awesome attractions in the area. Experienced guides will impart their knowledge about the fauna, flora and local history while ensuring a safe and enjoyable ride. Bookings are essential!
Hog Hollow Country Lodge will be happy to inform you of the plethora of nearby eco adventures and activities as well as take care of the planning and bookings for you.
GREEN ACTS FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN SOUTH AFRICA
♡ Green Cleaning
♡ Responsible Body Products
♡ Local & Organic
♡ Water Wise Practices
♡ Sustainable Energy Acumen
♡ Land Rehabilitation
♡ Community Upliftment
♡ Fair Trade Tourism Practices
Hog Hollow Country Lodge has been mindful of their “footprint” on our planet since their inception. They have been working hard to minimize their impact by implementing various environmental programmes at the lodge. In 2008 they were one of the first South African recipients of the Wilderness Foundation Green Leaf accreditation.
There is a robust recycling programme in place and Hog Hollow assists others in the area to come on board. The recycling units in this area are rather limited, but however due to Hog Hollow’s efforts there is gaining interest. All their vegetable waste is given to a local emerging pig farmer.
As far as possible, Hog Hollow has sourced their arts and crafts from local artists and crafters. They also endeavor to source local artisans and craftspeople to work at the lodge. They are committed to sourcing local and organic produce although this has proved quite a challenge; so they do rely on a broader network to ensure the finest quality.
All the body product ranges provided for guests are natural and locally sourced from a reputable supplier; Ruby Soul Pscychedelicatessen uses only natural oils and ingredients in her soap/bath/hair products. The same mindful approach applies to their kitchen and cleaning equipment where they use a selection from Hychem and HD313 – all certified as eco-friendly, green cleaning products.
Hog Hollow Country Lodge uses Sannitree, an environmentally friendly water treatment product. All their grey water is used to manage the indigenous gardens and water is harvested from the roof to supply drinking water to the lodge. Water is sustainably removed from the river and a process using Eco-Floc is used to ensure water quality for the room. To further save this precious resource, all bathrooms have water reducing elements and during drought conditions guests are asked to shower, rather than bath. They also request guests to reuse their towels if possible.
As part of the GreenLeaf programme, Hog Hollow changed their lighting system to energy saving light bulbs, all geysers heating reduced to 55°C and during the winter months geysers monitored so that they are switched off when not in use. We have rechargeable emergency lighting in the rooms, in case of power outages.
The 9 hectares of land on which Hog Hollow is set was once as wattle plantation which caused enormous damage to the indigenous forest and fynbos. There is an ongoing land rehabilitation program in place to remove young wattles from the root as well as cutting down adult trees and maintaining a watchful eye on their regrowth, especially since there is a Wattle seedbed which will last for a 100 years. As the property is mainly indigenous forest, Hog Hollow is intent on preserving and protecting this, they also plant indigenous trees throughout the year.
Providing employment and development within the hospitality industry for people from surrounding communities is also of paramount importance to Hog Hollow. In 2005 they became the 13th property in South Africa to become Fair Trade in Tourism accredited.
Hog Hollow Country Lodge is situated in a beautiful area, however they are surrounded by impoverished communities. All their staff are sourced from within the area (a radius of 50km) which has a stabilizing impact on families within the community. They provide their staff with in-house training as well as accredited courses in the various sectors of the hospitality industry e.g. cooking courses, first aid courses, management, administrative & front of house skills, basic hygiene, educationals to other establishments to find out how other operations work, etc. They have also sent over four members of staff to the UK, in order to broaden their horizons. Most of their staff have been with them for many years and have worked their way up the ladder. Their position in their communities cannot be over-emphasized as they are perceived as successful and leaders and inspire other to progress.
Hog Hollow`s local community of Kurland is a poor, with high unemployment and a low emphasis on education. Realising the importance of a good educational grounding are the first years and wanting to make a difference locally were there between 60 & 90 children, Hog Hollow pays the salary for a special needs teacher at the Kurland Primary school. This is an extremely important part of their social responsibility project. By providing permanent employment for a properly skilled teacher and also assisting in kitting out the classroom with the essentials for teaching, they are improving the outlook for some of these children. For more information or to find out how you can help please visit www.kidsofkurland.com.
Hog Hollow sponsor and assist a local choir, Sinethemba (We Have Trust) Gospel Group, by offering them space at the lodge to perform. Guests request a performance for groups, birthdays, anniversaries etc. Their fee is R1500 and the performance is approximately 45 minutes long. The choir leader will explain the song and why it’s important, and guest love listening to these glorious voices gathered around the boma fire on one of those perfect starry African evenings! Choirs form an important social and cultural dynamic within the community and there are huge competitions run throughout the year & throughout the country which are fiercely contested. The money raised at the lodge are used to buy their uniforms and compete in these competitions.
Hog Hollow has also made numerous other charitable contributions such as supporting the Orca Foundation’s marine conservation efforts. Within their community they have also sponsored a local soccer team; sponsored equipment for a local band who have gone on to Johannesburg to seek fame and fortune and have sponsored a young man to study nursing.