Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve
What We Love
- Staff archaeologists lead tours of over 130 ancient tribal rock paintings, some 10,000-year-old
- Traditional South African braai (bbq) under the stars
- Stargazing while sipping homemade hot chocolate
- Four pools — one heated — open year round
What To Know
- Book spa treatments ahead of time, especially in the Riverside Gazebo treatment room
- Young families can splash out on the Koro Lodge, a secluded private villa that’s child-friendly
- Meals are included but there are surcharges for special experiences like picnics or waterside BBQs
- Easy three-hour self-drive from Cape Town; chauffeured transfer, flight/helicopter transfers also available
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Sorry, lions. Animals aren’t the only stars of this 16-room all-inclusive luxury eco-lodge on 18,532 predator-free acres bursting with 750-plus species of native flora. Instead it’s equal parts adventure (hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, rock-climbing, fly-fishing, archery, swimming), culture (regional Heritage Centre, botanical tours, 10,000-year-old San Bushman rock paintings), and indulgence (Rooibos-infused spa treatments, organic food and wine weekends) that propel this Relais & Chateaux-approved property into the best-of-the-best African lodges. Colonial elegance pervades the rooms, spread over whitewashed, thatched roof Cape Dutch buildings and an 1843 manor house.
In the Area
As part of the UNESCO-designated Cape Floral Region, the surrounding countryside is ideal for outdoors lovers. Multi-day “slackpacking” trails on the Cederberg Heritage Route offer hikers the option of carrying only day packs and staying in guest cottages along the way (meals-inclusive). Less hardy types can immerse themselves in local agriculture’s biggest export with a visit to Clanwilliam’s Rooibos Tea Factory and gift shop (arranged tours beforehand) or Elandsberg Farm for a “Rooibos safari.” Wine lovers have three excellent routes to choose from: The Darling, The West Coast, and the Santam Swartland Wine Routes, as well as South Africa’s highest elevation vineyard, Cederberg Private Cellar.
How to Get There
Comfortable rooms with lovely views; you can be as active or as lazy as you want. Several good walks up the mountains to see the wild flowers and our guide on the nature ride made sure he showed us many different types of plants. The food is an experience on its own - excellent.
NOT wheelchair friendly which was a problem as one of our friends had injured his leg - we did have a wheelchair but couldn’t push it on the paths and there were lots of steps up to the restaurant/bar/lounge area.
We stayed at Bushman’s 2 weeks ago. Located in a beautiful, secluded, rocky desert ... its a place out of this world!!! An off the beaten place; the hotel delivers world-class attention in the middle of breathtaking surroundings!!! Thanks to all the staff, your kindness made us feel at home! Special thanks to Zenobia, our Guide, the best Guide we had in our whole 15 days trip to South Africa! Thanks Zenobia, you made our stay at Bushman’s so magical!!! :-)
What an amazing place for quiet reflection,hiking among wild animals ( the safe kind)with fantastic accommodation and food .
Sounds like an advertisement but all true. A couple of hours north of Capetown on the N7 will take you to Rooibos tea territory to near Bushman’s Kloof. It is so popular you have to book months in advance. Not a cheap option but well worth the money ,especially for that special occasion. The staff and safari guides were great and all helped to make our visit a memorable trip .We will go back.