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
We spent 3 days here at the end of your trip to South Africa. Prior to arrival we had been ill with a viral infection that knocked us for 6 so our time here was perfect for recovery. We had a warm welcome fro all the team and allocated a guide, Wayne, for our stay. He was extremely helpful arranging trips morning and evening focusing on Rock Art and wild animals on the reserve. The accommodation was excellent and food served in various locations was top class and service at all times attentive.
It’s a long drive 3+ hours from Cape Town but well worth it in this oasis in the wilds of cedeberg mountains
The setting is amazing. A gorgeous landscape with so many different activities to do. We did morning drives to see rock art sites and afternoon drives concentrating on animals. Both were varied and interesting. We loved the fact we could hike and cycle on the reserve. The lodge grounds were wonderful and if anything don't receive enough attention on the website or in reviews. You can wander in the gardens that make extensive use of native plants. You can easily feel by yourself and hear nothing but birds. All the time you have views of the amazing landscape. The buildings are arranged to maximize this. Finally, it is so nice to come back from a driver hike, take off your boots, put on sandals or flip flops, and walk through quiet garden areas to an outdoor table with a view.
This will not be the cheapest stay you’ve had. But it will be worth every cent!
We stayed for 4 nights in this 5 star lodge. The rooms (Deluxe room) were very luxurious. Heated floor in the bathroom, with double vanities, huge bath and shower. The room was very spacious with air conditioning, fire place, comfortable bed with luxurious linen, good reading material in rooms. A bowl full of huge red apples on the table gave the room a lovely fresh smell!
The food was of the highest quality. Every night fine dining - a la carte, all dietary requirements catered for as per your specifications. Great variety at breakfast. The freshest and good variety fruits, yogurt, cereals, pastries, jams, cheeses, cold meats. Hot breakfasts cooked to order. Lunch available from a menu - the burger was amazing! And then high tea with a large assortment of sweet and savoury delicacies - you will not find it easy to choose!
Spa had a lovely ambience - beautiful interior decor, I had a lovely massage. Again - not cheap...
Activity in the morning is going out with your guide to look at one of the numerous bushman paintings on the property. This all occurs in beautiful surroundings. Coffee and muffins are served out in nature. In the afternoon, another nature drive with sundowners in nature. You can also go on one of 3 hikes (self-guided) - we did all 3 and they were all beautiful in their own way. Many other activities also available.
Very friendly staff all around - nothing is too much for them, and they truly aim to give you a great stay and experience in every way possible.
Hope to return again - it was a truly luxurious, romantic experience I will never forget!