Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat

South Africa

  • Relais and Chateaux property
  • Wide range of outdoor pursuits
  • Outdoor dining under the stars at Embers
  • Luxury spa
  • World renowned spring flower display June to October
  • Over 130 rock art sites 

Open: Bushmans Kloof is open all year.

Location: Bushmans Kloof is in the Cederberg region of the Western Cape, in the foothills of the mountains. It is about a 3-4 hour drive from Cape Town.

Rooms: There are 16 rooms and suites plus Koro Lodge, a private villa, and can accommodate a maximum of 34 guests in total. All rooms and suites are air conditioned, have ceiling fans and underfloor heating. Facilities include a minibar, tea and coffee maker, safe, IDD phone, TV, free Wi-Fi and en-suite bathroom with a range of toiletries and bathrobes. Rooms come in 2 categories, luxury and deluxe, the latter offering a little more space, and there is a family deluxe room. There are 2 suites, Paterson in the main manor house with a lounge and private terrace, and the Riverside Supreme Suite with similar facilities and a heated swimming pool.

Koro Lodge is the original farmhouse, redesigned to offer accommodation for groups of up to 10 people. It operates independently of the main lodge and comes with a chef and a guide. It has 2 en-suite master bedrooms, a loft that sleep up to 4 children and a family area that can sleep 2, and an additional bathroom. There is an open plan living, dining and bar area, a fully fitted kitchen and a small library. Interiors are air conditioned and there are ceiling fans and underfloor heating. The villa has a TV, IDD phone and free Wi-Fi. Outside there’s a terrace with a braai (barbecue) and an infinity pool.

Activities: Bushmans Kloof offers guided tours of the reserve showcasing the flora and fauna, and opportunities to explore independently on foot and by bike following the main trails, as well as canoeing and swimming in pools. Other activities available include fly fishing, croquet and archery. This area is known for its Bushman rock art and there are over 130 sites near the lodge you can tour with a guide, plus a heritage centre where you can learn about bushman culture. The Clanwilliam Museum near the lodge is dedicated to the area’s Voortrekker history. Staff can arrange a number of local excursions. Activities at the lodge include yoga sessions and wine tasting.

Facilities: The lounge at the main lodge features a large screen TV, and there is a collection of books you can browse through, plus wildlife DVDs you can watch. The spa offers a wide range of health and beauty treatments and personalised programmes can be developed for individual guests. It is open daily from 08:00 till 20:00. The lodge is set in well-maintained gardens which include a swimming pool.

Dining: There are 3 dining venues at the main lodge: the Homestead, Makana and Embers. The Homestead is the main restaurant, specialising in fine dining, Makana offers indoor and outdoor meals in a more casual atmosphere, and Embers is a traditional boma experience, eating by the camp fire out in the open. Meals are eaten at individual tables and private dining can be arranged. Koro Lodge has its own chef and all meals are taken at the villa. There is an extensive wine list.

Children: Children aged 8 years and over are welcome at the main lodge. There is no minimum age limit for Koro Lodge.

Health: This is a malaria-free area.

Communication: There is complimentary Wi-Fi internet access throughout the main lodge and at Koro Lodge. There is no mobile phone reception.

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