Surrounded by Nature is the Houw Hoek Hotel, Kogelberg Reserve

Surrounded by Nature

Surrounded by Nature is the Houw Hoek Hotel,  Kogelberg Reserve

If you have ever taken the winding Houw Hoek pass, through the heart of the Kogelberg Nature Reserve you might have noticed the picturesque Houw Hoek Hotel. Surrounded by nature, this hotel is a unique getaway whose popularity dates back to its establishment in 1779, making it the oldest licensed hotel in South Africa! Comfortable rooms and beautiful views make this an unforgettable place to escape to and relax with the whole family. 

Although the history of the hotel stretches back to the 1770s, today your experience has every touch of modern convenience. Every room has a gorgeous en-suite bathroom, free WiFi, and 16-channel DSTV for relaxed indoor evenings. This is a hotel for every season; in summer, take in the mountain views from your private balcony and in winter enjoy the fireplaces and underfloor heating to stay cozy! In 2021 the hotel added 12 brand new suites with all the amenities you could want or need.

Enjoy some privacy in a double room, or bring the whole family in comfort with the family rooms and adjoined rooms. With space for 191 guests, Houw Hoek Hotel is the perfect location for any occasion, whether it be a small family holiday, a business conference, a launch party, or a wedding!  With air-conditioned conference rooms, state-of-the-art equipment, incredible views, and customisable budgets Houw Hoek is the best place to host your next event.

The Hotel is a great base for those wanting to explore the area with the family, providing a comfortable space to relax without being too far from the many attractions of the Elgin Valley, which include wine tasting, eating out, mountain biking, horse riding, zip lining and more. In 2019 the hotel added the Loggia, a new spacious restaurant with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains where you can feast on delicious meals, paired with incredible Elgin wines. With space for over 180 guests it’s a wonderful venue for private parties and celebrations. There are also Dinner Dances every Saturday night, including a 3 course set menu and plenty of dancing!


The kids can burn off some energy in the games rooms and the many outdoor activities at the hotel, like putt-putt, volleyball, or swimming in one of the two recently refurbished pools. There’s an added bonus for parents; child-minders are available to watch your children after hours so that you can enjoy your evening cocktails on the terrace undisturbed. 

A stay for every season, the Houw Hoek Hotel is an amazing spot for any traveller and yet another fabulous reason to visit our beautiful Elgin Valley.