Ripple Hill Hotel

On the brim of the magnificent Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve, in the heart of the citrus farming community of Patensie, lies the Ripple Hill Hotel. Built in 1946, the hotel carries an old school charm and character with raised ceilings and wooden floors throughout. Relax on the stoep and take in the scenery of the tractor traffic humming by whilst enjoying the best steak in town or a sundowner drink.

  • Scenic Environment: renowned Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve of the Eastern Cape;
  • Rooms: newly renovated with crisp white linen, 3-star accommodation;
  • Restaurant: extensive a-la-carté menu;
  • Pub: cosy ambience with big screen, air-conditioning and a fireplace;
  • Function Hosting: excellent for small functions; and
  • Attractions: variety of adventures and activities in proximity.

Your hosts, John and N’Ré, and their dedicated staff look forward to your visit.


En-suite or twin rooms:

  • Two en-suite bedrooms with queen beds;
  • Three twin rooms with two single beds;
  • Crisp white linen and towels, new beds and comfortable cushions;
  • Bathrooms: luxurious, brand new and spotless for total pampering;
  • Soap, shampoo and conditioner dispensers;
  • Air-conditioning;
  • Complimentary tea/coffee tray;
  • No television;
  • Room service available; and
  • Hairdryers, adaptors and mosquito repellent available on request.

Pub and restaurant:

On the premises is a cosy 30 seater restaurant with additional seating on the stoep and in the bar or braai area under the massive palm tree. The menu offers an array of homecooked, hearty and affordable meals ranging from AAA grade matured beef, pizzas and salads to burgers, toasted sandwiches, fish and chicken dishes, with an occasional treat of fresh fish caught and cooked by John himself. A selected winelist plus great atmosphere makes the restaurant the focal point of the hotel.

Restaurant business hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 12:00 – 14:00 and 18:00 – 22:00;
  • Saturdays: 12:00 – 22:00;
  • Open on public holidays; and
  • Closed on Sundays.

A pub of laughter, good times and great memories. This fully stocked bar serviced by fantastic staff is a great place to relax, unwind and meet some locals. With live sport shown on the two plasmas and a big screen, a dart board  and pool table and plenty of room to enjoy a steak off the restaurant menu, the cozy atmosphere offers great entertainment well into the night. The bar is situated far enough from the rooms if you would prefer a quiet evening in.

Pub business hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 10:30 – 14:00 and 16:30 till late;
  • Saturdays: 09:00 till late;
  • Open on public holidays; and
  • Closed on Sundays.

Nearby attractions:

In the nearby town of Hankey you can enjoy a game of golf on the renowned 9-hole, wind-free, golf course; visit the grave of Sarah Bartman or see the largest sun-dial in Africa, amongst other attractions. A drive through the Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve offers 120km of great scenic drives with magnificent views and a couple of country shops and restaurants to visit along the way.  There are fantastic mountain biking routes, hiking routes and 4X4 courses all over this proclaimed World Herritage Site. You may be lucky enough to see baboons, monkeys, kudu or even leopard.

Kouga Dam, built in 1967, is an awesome attraction to visit; you can go and see the dam from the top and there’s a lovely picnic area at the foot of the wall.

The nearby town of Loerie hosts the Naartjie Festival annually in September. It is a great outing with loads of food stalls, fresh veggies from the farmers, live entertainment and other great attractions for the whole family to enjoy.

Port Elizabeth has an array of attractions ranging from a trip to Sea World, to the nearby Addo Elephant Park, a casino, boat trips to Bird Island, scuba diving and a trip on the Apple Express narrow gauge steam train takes you right back to Loerie.

The nearby towns of Jeffreys Bay and St. Francis offer great day trips where you can bathe on the beaches, surf, fish, play golf, shop or have a great meal.

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