Botriver or Botrivier or Bot River Western Cape South africa. An area of rural bliss, award winning wines of south Africa, olive oil, canola oil and good restaurants. Botrivier is situated off the N2 en route to Hermanus and Caledon on the slopes of the Houw Hoek Mountains. The town derives it’s name from the Khoi-khoi tribes who pastured their cattle here and called the river the ‘Couga’, which can be translated as ‘rich in fat’, or ‘lots of butter’. Early European settlers at the Cape journeyed here to barter for barrels of butter and they adopted the Khoi name for the river, calling it first the “Botter” (butter), then later the Bot.