- High quality forest lodge
- Beautiful forest location
- Swimming Pool
- Base for Garden Route
Hog Hollow is a high quality eco lodge in a beautiful and convenient forest setting in The Crags area outside Plettenberg Bay.
We aren’t going to win any prizes for originality for recommending Hogs Hollow, but in this case the big reputation is well deserved, it is hard to see how anyone could go away disappointed from a stay here. There are 16 suites in total set within forested grounds and centred around the central lodge area which plays host to a fantastic restaurant and stunning terrace with large fire pits and cracking mountain and forest views. Breakfasts are vast and enjoyed on the terrace, whilst evening meals are shared communally in the lodge, which is good news or bad news, depending on your viewpoint.
The rooms strike just the right balance between comfort, homeliness and character. We are big fans of the traditional verandas complete with hammock and the wood burning stoves inside. All rooms are, of course, ensuite (with separate bath and shower) and spacious and situated with a degree of privacy. 13 of the rooms are forest or garden lodges with king size bed (twin on request), lounge area and private balcony / veranda. The other 3 rooms are larger family loft suites Loft Suites spread over 2 floors. Upstairs the main bedroom has a king-size (or twin) with ensuite bathroom and downstairs has a double sleeper couch and ottoman which can sleep up to two children (under 12), sleeping up to a family of four in total. As with all rooms, there is a private veranda with hammock.
Hog Hollow is very well managed and whilst a solid dose of professionalism runs through the service team, it is all incredibly friendly and personable. Facilities include a 15 metre long blue pool, sauna, massage/pedicure/manicure, highly recommended horse rides through woodcutter’s paths and fields and forest walks from the Lodge. The location in the Crags makes a great base to explore the Garden Route, close to home are a number of the most significant attractions in the region; Monkeyland, Storms River Canopy Tours, Tsitsikamma, Plettenberg Bay & Nature’s Valley (beach). Further afield, Knysna and Wilderness NP are easy day trips.
Hog Hollow goes to great lengths to be welcoming to families. Children of all ages are welcome and the family loft suites (sleeping up to 4) and the villa (sleeping up to 6) offer a good range of family room options. Hog Hollow also boasts one of the healthiest children’s menus we have seen in South Africa (a good thing), toys & bed-time stories placed in the rooms and board games up in the main lodge. The group dinners in the main restaurant will be a concern to any parent with poor eaters, but families are usually served at an earlier sitting, and you can always choose to eat separately.
If you want more privacy and space and have a larger family, then the villa is a fantastic option. Sleeping up to a family of 6, the master bedroom downstairs is a retreat for mum and dad, while the two rooms upstairs adjoin the games room (complete with a pool table and table tennis & family board games) providing an excellent space for the children. There is a swimming pool, barbeque facilities and a central eating area, all in all creating a private holiday haven
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Classic Garden Route holiday including our trademark Cape Town experience, Eastern Cape Safari and Coast.
Tailor-made 2 weeks
Explore Cape Town, relax on the beautiful Garden Route Coast and enjoy world class safari in Sabi Sands in the Greater Kruger.
Tailor-made Luxury 12 days
Adults from $3,177 pp plus flights
'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.
Flights are typically an additional $1,290 per person economy class from London
Families from $2,358 pp plus flights
'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).
Flights are typically an additional $1,290 per person economy class from London
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019