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Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve

Overview

In the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains this award-winning property is a showcase to two of South Africa’s true treasures.

As it is within the Cape Floral Kingdom, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is covered with numerous species of indigenous fynbos, while it also has access to 130 sites of ancient Bushmen rock art – little wonder guests are seduced and enchanted with this connection to the landscape and to the ancient world. A superb range of activities will keep all members of the family enthralled and entertained.

Highlights

Our Thoughts

One of the country’s top family-friendly properties, with an enormous range of activities to keep all ages occupied. Save on the drive and fly in by light aircraft, and try to secure a private dinner in Kadoro, the rustic and secluded shepherd’s cottage.

  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Wine cellar
  • Library
  • Wildlife films
  • Private art collection

Bushmans Kloof provides a host of dining venues for cosy fireside evenings, warm nights under starry skies, sheltered al fresco venues and picnic spots amidst towering rock formations and cascading waterfalls. Generous hospitality and passionate service make for an unforgettable, five-star, culinary experience. Feel free to enjoy a meal in your room or on your private terrace. Savour the old world charm and luxury of the Homestead dining room, or a magical evening under wild fig trees on the Manor House deck, or even a mouth-watering braai at Embers. The staff will ensure every meal, included in your stay, is a celebration at any one of these venues.

The Homestead

The Homestead is the heart of the lodge; the dining room and terrace area is a haven of old-world charm and elegance, augmented by their outstanding private art collection. This formal dining room has an air of warmth and splendid luxury. A full complement of attentive staff present specialities offered from the Executive Chef’s table d’hôte menu. Dishes are a feast for all the senses, served in an atmosphere of conviviality and true South African hospitality.

Mingle with other guests at the congenial bar, or sink into relaxation in one of the two relaxing lounges. One invites intimate fireside chats, while the other is equipped with a flat-screen TV where you might take in a live sports match or enjoy a film or documentary. Here you’ll also find their well-stocked library, filled with novels, non-fiction and a fascinating selection of Africana, as well as a comprehensive collection of wildlife films.

Makana

In the ancient San language the word ‘Makana’ means ‘to feast’, and this dining area was designed to emulate the sheltered ambience of an open-fronted cave. Natural stone walls enclose an elegant and luxurious lounge with twin fireplaces. The al fresco dining area overlooks sweeping lawns to the babbling Boontjies River and the wilderness beyond.

Makana is also the ideal venue for a leisurely, traditional high tea. On warm evenings enjoy a candlelit dinner, with choice of succulent grills and organic vegetables. Complement your meal with their consummate wine selection and let your spirit drift over the gentle sounds and magnificent views of an African dusk.

Embers

Embers provides an extraordinary and breathtaking dining experience. Revel in the experience of dining under the billion stars of the Milky Way in this singular and jaw-dropping location. Built into a natural sandstone amphitheatre, Embers is perched on a dramatic cliff and overlooks the spectacular valley below. It is lit by a roaring fire, and a myriad candles and lanterns create a truly magical atmosphere.

Diners are spoilt for choice with a South African salad buffet and home baked breads, a choice of grills, including Karoo lamb, traditional boerewors sausage, succulent steaks and chicken kebabs, and of course delectable desserts.

The vitality of the Cederberg pulses through giant boulders around you, while you enjoy an exceptional meal under the light of the moon.

Bushmans Kloof offers a range of beautifully proportioned rooms, suites and a private villa. They can accommodate 34 guests, all in sublimely appointed spaces. Award-winning service, generous hospitality and luxurious finishes, such as their outstanding private art collection, enhance the extraordinary environment of the Bushmans Kloof lodge.

Koro Lodge is an existing farmhouse, nestled in the reserve, that has been completely renovated and transformed into a spectacular intimate villa, surrounded by open vistas of wilderness and wildlife, combining ultimate luxury with nature. Koro Lodge is available for larger groups, ensuring effortless and hugely enjoyable family breakaways for up to 10 guests.

The splendid luxury of the accommodation amidst botanical gardens and pristine wilderness will draw you into their special world, while small surprises and thoughtful touches throughout your stay augment the experience.

  • Rooms – Luxury, Deluxe & Niven Family Deluxe Rooms
  • Suites – Paterson Suite, Riverside Supreme Suite
  • Private Residence – Koro Lodge
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks to observe the native rock art
  • Canoeing
  • Fly-fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming
  • Gym
  • Spa treatments

Bushmans Kloof is very family friendly - the Niven Family Deluxe Room is ideal for parents with small children, with two bedrooms and en suite bathrooms it still ensures privacy. For even more space and privacy, Koro Lodge offers two master bedrooms as well a loft area that can accommodate four children. 

There are plenty of activities on offer to entertain all the family, from archery to rock art excursions, and even canoeing on the Olifants River as well as traditional game drives.

The reserve is malaria free for those not wanting to take medication. 

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