houw hoek outspan

Houw Hoek Outspan

Elgin Open Gardens

Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 October and Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 November

Nine gardens are opening over two weekends in the Elgin District, which is renowned for its cooler climate and heavy fertile soils, its apples and wines. These gardens range from long-established country gardens to newly created wilding projects on steep hillsides. 

Times: 9:30 – 17:00
Entrance: Each garden has its own entrance charge. Some are free, with charity boxes. Tickets are only available on the day at each entrance. No prebooking is needed, and there is no single ticket for all gardens.
Enquiries: 021 844 0154, 078 021 2101, 083 458 3790, info@elginopengardens.co.za

Houw Hoek Outspan

Houw Hoek Outspan is an ever-changing garden boasts fantastic views of the Houw Hoek Mountains. Each year, massed annuals are planted in the borders of colourful beds reminiscent of the English garden style. There are over 300 roses and many interesting plants, which encourages a vibrant bird population and makes this an enjoyable experience for both keen gardeners and bird lovers alike. 

Directions: From N2 as for Houw Hoek Hotel, then turn right at the hotel.
Entrance: Free – charity box
GPS: -34.206139, 19.153500
Time to view: 1 hour
Why visit: Colourful, scenic, full of variety

  • Refreshments available: Teas and lunch wraps
  • Picnic site: Yes

Featured in SA Garden and Home (May 2017) and The Best Gardens and Parks in Cape Town 2018 by The Inside Guide.