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
- Eco friendly
- 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
This is an superb resort, in an beautiful site. The service is very good and everything is done for your pleasure and comfort. The trips around in the wilderness is done with rangers who can explain everything about animals,birds,
plants, stones and so on. They do it with passion and transmit it to the guests.
We highly recommend it. We spent un extraordinary evening in the Karoo sheep house with hundreds of candles illuminated, and after diner looking at the stars.
Nine of us 9 (aged from12 to 70+) were fortunate to stay at Koro Lodge at Bushmans Kloof for 4 nights in December. We knew about the hotel group as have stayed at some of their London properties which have all been magnificent. Consequently, we had very high expectations of our stay at Koro Lodge. They were all exceeded.
Koro Lodge is absolutely beautiful, its a real slice of luxury in the wilderness. I have never been anywhere where the standard of upkeep and cleaning is so high, it all felt brand new.
The whole team at Koro Lodge, led by Paul and Jannie were amazing. Never have I felt so well looked after. Everybody we met worked with such kindness and grace to make our stay truly faultless. We all loved the mini adventures we went on everyday. Jannie was such good fun and he engaged and looked after all of us so well. His enthusiasm and love of what he was doing shone through and he made us all fall in love with Bushmans Kloof. He showed us the very best parts of this incredible reserve and every outing was somewhere and something different and was a real adventure. Credit must go to him for even being able to enthuse teenagers about Rock art painting!
Back at the Lodge, Paul and the team looked after us so well. We were kept wonderfully well fed by our fantastic private chef who coped with our requirements and provided delicious meal after meal.
The two extra special dinner experiences we had were simply magical and made our stay truly memorable.
We all feel that Bushmans Kloof is one of the most special places we have ever been to, its truly magical and with an amazing and very special team of people that work there. Its one of our favourite places we have ever stayed anywhere in the world, truly outstanding.
I can't wait to return someday. Thank you everyone for making this such a special stay for us.
This is an amazing lodge, which is really quite hard to describe. It’s positioned in the heart of its own vast reserve and provides elements of a safari experience (nature drives etc) with the benefits of 5* luxury. The lodge is a small village of beautifully designed ‘homes’, each sympathetically designed to compliment the stunning environment. This place is all about service, from the moment you arrive (where you meet the manager, and your dedicated nature guide) to when you leave (where your car has been washed and supplied with cold water and snacks for the drive ahead). No detail is overlooked. You will not go hungry, with breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner all included - there is barely an hour where some form of food isn’t on offer. Beyond the service, relaxing rooms and pools, it’s really all about the nature here. The reserve is well populated with Zebra and very interesting types of antelope plus lots of smaller mammals to find. This isn’t a place where you’ll find the Big 5 (which it doesn’t pretend to be, and plus they aren’t there anyway!), but they do an amazing job of bringing all the other wildlife South Africa has to offer. Great for both Flora and Fauna lovers. We chose to do a fairly tough hike (easier ones are on offer) which was privately guided and an excellent experience. Our guide, Martin, was excellent. They’ll plan activities (which are included in your price) to your liking and needs. They actively promote the interesting history of the Cape’s Bushman and their lifestyle through rock art tours and their small collection of artefacts. Can’t wait to return!!
We arrived from the dry arid rocky mountainside into an oasis of green. The whole resort has a calming relaxing effect , everyone is so helpful, all smiles and the food , well come ready to eat , that’s all I’ll say. A truly wonderful experience and sure to be a highlight of any trip . The Paterson Suite is without doubt world class , love the extra touches and have enjoyed using the watercolours and pencils .
Half an hour from ClanWilliam you will find this gem. Prime example of conservation of fynbos. Be sure to try their 3 hikes since you will have to burn the calories of their tasty hot breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner. Martin as your field guide is an absolute must. Morgan makes every meal special. Beatrice runs the food department with a lot of enthusiasm. Be sure to ask Nicholas about accompanying wine.