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Botrivier – village and surroundings

Botrivier is a small village in the Overberg region of the Western Cape in South Africa. The larger towns of Hermanus and Caledon are both approximately 30 kilometres away. Botrivier itself stands at 94 metres above sea level by the river of the same name. The name of the river comes from the Khoi-khoi tribes who used to graze their cattle on the river banks. They named the river Couga which means rich in fat or lots of butter - hence Bot (butter in Afrikaans is botter).

The river ends in a large lagoon, forming a small marsh and habitat to thousands of waterfowl. This is also where South Africa's only remaining herd of wild horses to roam a wetland habitat can be found.

At first sight, Botrivier may appear to be somewhat sleepy. The truth is, however, that besides a magnificent natural landscape, it offers its inhabitants and visitors a wide range of outdoor activities too.

Visit Botrivier’s official website at: www.twk.org.za/index.htm.

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