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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

Amenities

  •  All-Inclusive
  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Eco-Friendly
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Country house meets safari lodge north of Cape Town with a spa, eco-adventures and archaeological sites

The Lowdown

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

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve
Pakhuis Pass
Clanwilliam, 8135 South Africa