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
Having stayed already twice in the outstanding Koro Lodge giving to all guests the feeling to be the only ones in the world, we wanted for this recent new Bushmans Kloof experience to be closer to the lodge and we consequently booked the latest addition, the more than gorgeous Cederberg House.
Coming back for the third time we were already convinced about the exceptional, unparalleled and unique level of this predator free safari lodge divinely located in one of the most stunning part of South Africa, the Cederberg which is offering dramatic scenics with beautiful mountains all around. But this time, Bushmans Kloof reached a level we considered as unreachable: THE divine.
During our four memorable days we've been pampered and really well looked after by all the ladies and gentlemen offering a very kind service always with smiles, always with a lovely word and with secret breathtaking skills how to make guests the happiest people on earth. On one evening they surprised us with one of these moments you treasure for lifetime: a special dinner at kadoro, an isolated house in the middle of the Bush where we've been greeted by a chorus singing heritage songs followed by a delicious braai in the house magically decorated with hundreds of candles. Out of this world...
Actually, pretty everything at bushmans kloof is out of this world starting surely with this Cederberg House... it is not an hotel's accomodation but a true home. Toni Tollman, the owner and designer, has truly created the ultimate dream's house capturing the beauty of the outside to put it inside. The way the cederberg house had been designed is simply incredible undoubtedly because this lady has a great taste but because she looked at the smallest details to make this place just perfect... a large living area so cozy with an open fireplace opening on a large terrace with its own plunge pool regarding the dramatic Cederberg mountains, a pantry truly well stocked with a complimentary selection of luxury drinks including a large selection of wines from the prestigious Bouchard Fynlanson vineyards and yummy snacks, two magnificent bedrooms each flanked with sexy bathrooms each with inside and outside showers and deep bathtub... absolutely incredible. In our lives of international travelers always choosing the most exclusive hotels, we never saw a place so beautiful and we're 100% sure this is the most fabulous and atmospheric place in this world. We loved it so much that we booked already for next year before leaving...
Regarding the activities, there is absolutely no risk to get bored because on top of what is the very best to my point of view: the contemplation, there is a range of very exciting activities including hiking, fishing, kayaking, fauna and flora observation... and some experiences like a picnic in style, exquisite sundowners...
When at the lodge, the F&B team will please your palates with delicious food so tasty, fresh and flavorful. I missed my daily lunch salad simply perfect I've enjoyed under the pergola in the courtyard overlooking the pool. Dinner is a more gastronomic affair with a four courses menu changing every day but always so yummy and based of the freshest products. Vegetables are mostly coming from the lodge's garden and the chef is clever creating talented compositions.
Breakfasts are equally satisfying for a dreamy start of the day.
So yes, if there is only one paradise on earth, its name is definitively Bushmans Kloof, a place beyond everywhere else, a place where you will rediscover how life is beautiful, a place where your body and mind will find the perfect balance, a place where your deepest dream will turn into reality... SPECTACULAR...
BUSHMANS KLOOF is a 3-hour drive from Cape Town in the Cederberg Mountains
A prime location to see the Bushman Rock Art and during spring see some of the carpets of daisies that bloom for hundreds of kilometres up the West Coast.
The rooms and outside communal spaces have great views. Rooms are luxurious, the food outstanding and the service on a personal level. We had an incredible nature guide assigned to us
Our guide had a great passion and knowledge for the ROCK ART – FLORA & FAUNA as well as the stars. Thank you. One of our party required medical attention (all is well) our Field Guide. The Management and staff were incredible. Thank you again for all your assistance.
We will return to this beautiful luxury Lodge with the amazingly personal service
We stayed 2 days at the Bushmans Kloof during a tour of western South Africa. This 5 star resort has it all : breathtaking views of the Cederbergen area, luxurious rooms and suites, near Michelin level food, and a excellent wine card (never saw such a long list with so many excellent ‘by the glass’ wines) and last but not least, a real 5* Service. Everybody at the resort does his best to make you feel you are the most important guest they ever had. If you look for tranquility and want to get away from the day to day stress, but with great food and wine, nice activities like safari’s and walks, a great wellness and finally, a top notch service, look no further. Many, many thanks to Nicholas and the entire staff at the Bushmans kloof for these absolutely wonderfull 2 days, wish we could have stayed longer.