Bushmans Kloof


The Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve is a stunning highlight located about two and a half hours north of Cape Town. It features pristine wilderness and spectacular landscapes.


Huge, open plains alternate with amazing waterfalls and ancient rock formations, some of which sport 10.000 year old rock paintings.


Completely malaria-free, the Bushmans Kloos is nestled between the majestic Cedar Mountains and the endless plains of the Great Karoo and has enjoyed its protected status since 1992.


The read more » private Bushmans Kloof Reserve is world-famous for its rock arts and was declared a South African Natural Heritage Site because of its cultural, historic and ecological importance.


Immerse yourself in the history, pristine nature and magical flair of the Wilderness Reserve. We recommend a stay of two or three nights – there is so much to explore!


Despite the wilderness setting, you do not need to do without a certain level of comfort: A member of the renowned Relais & Châteaux chain, the Bushmans Kloof provides extremely luxurious accommodation.


The main building features two lounges, one of them with a satellite TV. Moreover, a library, a billiard room, bar and a wine-cellar are at your disposition.


On a fine day, the meals are served beneath the star-strew heavens, open-air on the deck. However, the main building also accommodates a dining room for all eventualities.


Another option is the gracious Makana restaurant that serves lip-smacking delicacies with a beautiful view over the Boontjes River.


The Embers restaurant is set in an amphitheatre that was naturally formed in sandstone. The atmosphere among the bizarre rock formations is simply magical, especially at night, when a campfire cast light and shadow on the rocks.



The Embers serves exquisite specialities prepared with fresh ingredients. Many of the vegetables and herbs are grown in the restaurant’s own herb and vegetable patch.


Furthermore, the Bushmans Kloof features four beautifully designed swimming pools (one of them heated), a sauna and a spa. The facilities are delightful and even though the focus might be on outdoor activities, you can certainly spend a good time at the Bushman’s Lodge.


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The Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve accommodates no more than 32 guests at any one time. Thus, each guest enjoys maximum privacy and the best of the serene and beautiful surrounding.


All of the rooms read more » and suites feature designer bathrooms equipped with both a bathtub and a shower as well as a private terrace with a view of the savannah, the river and bizarre rock formations.


Guests may choose among seven Luxury Rooms, six Deluxe Rooms and seven Suites. Four of the suites are located in the Manor House. They are a little larger in size and feature a separate lounge. Some suites even provide an open fireplace.


Couples on their honeymoon will delight in the Riverside Honeymoon Suite. It features a spacious lounge with an open fireplace, a luxurious bedroom with a wonderfully designed bed and a spa bath for two.


The bedrooms are designed luxuriously and excel through handcrafted, crisp linen and individual decoration elements, which lend the units a warm and homelike touch.


Further facilities include air-conditioning to take the edge out of a hot day, under-floor heating for colder days, a direct-dial telephone and a well stocked mini-bar.


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The Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve offers many entertaining activities, most of which naturally focus on the pristine wilderness environment.


A favourite is the evening safari. Spot numerous kinds read more » of antelopes and, if you are lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the rare mountain zebra. The safari includes snacks and drinks, which can be enjoyed at one of the many lookout points.


When it slowly grows dark, your chances of spotting the aardwolf, the African wildcat or a hedgehog increase greatly. Keep your eyes well peeled while slowly making your way back to the Bushmans Kloof.


In the early mornings, visit the rock paintings with an experienced ranger explaining about the long lost culture. These trips leave the camp early and are guided hikes.


The hikes in the reserve are highly recommendable. Discover several waterfalls hidden among the mountains and maybe even a natural rock pool, in which you can refresh yourself.


The Bushmans’ chef can have a picnic basket prepared for your hike so that you are able to have a romantic break on the way.


Especially in spring (July to October), such a picnic is a very special experience, when thousands of blossoming flowers cast a colourful carpet on the savannah plain. Alternatively, grab a mountain bike at the lodge and set out exploring on two wheels.


A day trip to the Biedouw River can be organised for passionate fly-fishers. The river is famous for its Clanwilliam Yellowfish. However, these fish have to be released back into the river.


Other activities include abseiling in the rocks or canoeing on the river. Having exhausted yourself, a spa treatment is just the thing: The spa, which is run by Sanctuary, works with the motto: “Healing through water“.


Two therapists take care of your well-being applying a great variety of treatments. A sauna and a hydro-jet pool form part of the spa’s facilities.


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