- Examine some of the lodge’s more than 130 archaeological rock art sites, adorned with massive 10,000-year-old rock art murals depicting the shamanistic rituals of the ancient indigenous San people.
- Roam on your own in a predator-free wildlife preserve, and get up-close views of Bushman Reserve antelope species, black wildebeests, and rare Cape mountain zebras.
- Paddle a canoe along pristine waterways that cut through the sandstone, breaking for a dunk in a secret swimming hole.
- Witness one of the world’s most breathtaking springtime events, the Cape wildflower bloom (July to October), when the veld is draped in glorious pastels and jewel tones.
- Dine on fresh Cape cuisine in a natural sandstone amphitheater, lit by a roaring fire and hundreds of twinkling lanterns and candles.
- A range of dining venues, including Embers, an open-air pavilion built into a natural sandstone amphitheater.
- Private art collection featuring pieces from acclaimed South African artists
- Bushmans Kloof takes its sustainability efforts beyond the accommodations, sponsoring a variety of environmental conservation projects throughout its 18,000-acre wildlife reserve.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Guides are available to take you on walking tours or drives of our spectacular nature reserve. Explore the wilderness in all its diversity. Enjoy ever-changing landscapes and some of the Cape’s most rare species that we pride ourselves in protecting. Sundowners and picnics are ever-popular, served at scenic spots throughout the drive.
Bushmans Kloof provides a host of activities in the predator and malaria-free reserve; guests are free to explore the breath taking landscape on their own. It is a place to reconnect with yourself, and to reconnect with the earth. Roam over wide-open spaces, explore the sculpted rocks, crystalline waterfalls and abundant flora and fauna. Fill your lungs with the purest air, feel the pulse of the natural world and go wild!
The area offers many crystal clear nights perfect for stargazing. The inky sky is dusted with planets and shining constellations to be discovered. Hear talks on the subject and let one of our expert guides take you on a journey through our galaxy.
Bushmans Kloof is the custodian of over 130 unique rock art sites, some as old as 10,000 years. The sites on the reserve may be viewed by guests, archaeologists and researchers. Since its founding, Bushmans Kloof has been dedicated to protecting this extraordinary treasure. Accordingly, we have been awarded the status of a South African Natural Heritage Site. Bushman tribes have lived in these antediluvian mountains for 120,000 years. They are mankind’s oldest nation. Here, in their ancestral home, the Bushman stained the rocks with oxide pigments, depicting a cultural and spiritual legacy that we at Bushmans Kloof are honoured to preserve and protect today.
Enjoy a complete wining and dining experience in fantastic restaurants with expansive views of vineyards and the Maskam Mountains. Look out for South Africa’s most uniquely situated wine farm, the Cederberg Private Cellar. Here, among the fynbos and spectacular rock formations, you’ll find the highest altitude vineyards in the Western Cape.
At the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains, Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat is an ecological oasis within a roughly hewn and magical land. This spiritual retreat is a haven of staggering beauty and timeless tranquillity, where abundant wildlife roam free. Offering a distinctive wilderness experience among wide open plains, ancient sandstone formations and crystal clear waterfalls, it is a place to feel the pulse of an extraordinary and ancient landscape, and reconnect with nature and the essence of life.
Located only 270 km from Cape Town, the multi-award-winning lodge is a proud Relais & Châteaux member, and forms part of the family-run Red Carnation Hotel Collection. Sixteen luxurious and indulgently comfortable guest rooms and suites are each individually designed with natural materials and elegant finishes, offering breathtaking views across the indigenous gardens. Koro Lodge, the private villa, is located in a secluded corner of the reserve (4 km away from the Main Lodge). Welcoming children of all ages, this independently catered for villa is ideally suited to families and friends travelling together, and includes the services of a personal chef and guide.Lauded for its award-winning wine list and authentic Cape cuisine.
Bushmans Kloof offers a range of beautifully proportioned rooms, suites and a private villa. We can accommodate 34 guests, all in sublimely appointed spaces. Award-winning service, generous hospitality and luxurious finishes, such as our 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.
Luxury Rooms all have private patios and en suite bathrooms. There is convenient access to one of the four crystalline swimming pools at the lodge. Luxury rooms overlook landscaped gardens, and the breathtaking beauty of the untamed yonder.
Our Deluxe Rooms are all exquisitely and individually designed with expansive views and convenient access to one of the four superb, crystalline pools at the lodge. All include relaxing lounge areas for an indulgent and luxurious experience in this unparalleled location. Satellite TV, DVDs and an iPod docking station ensure guests have all the mod cons necessary. Some Deluxe Rooms include a cosy fireplace for wintry evenings. Please see the Niven Family Deluxe Room for larger groups or families.
Niven Family Deluxe Room
This is an ideal choice for families and sharing groups. Splendid luxury, an extraordinary location and, of course convenience, makes for an unforgettable family experience. The suite includes a master bedroom with king-size bed, a secondary room (easily converted into twin or double), two en-suite bathrooms and a gorgeous private terrace.
The Paterson Suite is located in the original Manor House, a lovingly restored farmhouse dating back to 1843. Warm your toes by the fire, or gaze out at breathtaking terrace views of the river and mountains. The suite features a king-size bed, separate lounge area, large private patio and an en suite, designer bathroom and heated towel rails.
Riverside Supreme Suite
The Riverside Supreme Suite is a magical and secluded haven on the banks of the babbling Boontjies River. It encompasses all that is unique and special about Bushmans Kloof, embracing the timeless beauty of the heart of the Cederberg. This intimate and elegant suite features a separate lounge with a welcoming fireplace, large terrace, outdoor shower and its own heated swimming pool.
The lodge is fully inclusive and entirely independent, utilising its own chef and guide. Our passionate staff will help to create a fun-filled activity holiday, so that you and your children can explore the natural abundance of the reserve, enjoy fantastic recreational pursuits and soak in the magic of this ancient landscape
The house’s natural aesthetic has been carefully designed to blend beautifully with the surrounding landscape, from the raw materials of stone and slate that flow through each room to the thoughtfully curated collection of original South African artwork.
Bushmans Kloof is the home of authentic Cape Cuisine and dining here is designed to seduce the tastebuds and engage all the senses. From cosy fireside dining at the Homestead and lazy summer lunches at Makana, to picnics in the reserve and braais (barbeques) at Embers under magical starry skies. We strive to create memorable moments that linger on the palate and touch the heart of every guest. Extraordinary dining in spectacular settings. New and exciting tastes that reflect the flavours of the Cederberg. As a Relais and Chateaux property, we have exceptionally high standards with regards to the quality and creativity of our cuisine. The organic garden provides the kitchens with fresh, robust produce, while indigenous fynbos adds a distinctly ‘Cape’ dimension to a fusion of innovative and traditional fare. Our passion for service and hospitality ensures every meal is a special experience.
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 our 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.
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.
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 our consummate wine selection and let your spirit drift over the gentle sounds and magnificent views of an African dusk.
‘Kadoro’ means ‘tinderbox of stories’, a poetic and fitting name for this rustic, secluded cottage in the heart of the reserve. Originally an old shepherd’s house, the structure has been renovated and furnished, but not modernised. Kadoro has no electricity; outside, the starlit Cederberg Mountains wend their way into the distance under clear night skies. Ideal for romantic private dining and intimate groups; a dinner by candlelight will give you a glimpse into a bygone era. Enjoy this rural setting alongside an exquisite culinary experience of delicious braaivleis (barbecues) or wholesome soups and stews.
Bushmans Kloof’s Extraordinary Dining experiences are a variety of venues and eating styles created here for an utterly unforgettable experience of food, wilderness and life. Whether it’s a picnic on the banks of a sparkling river, or a lavish dinner at a secluded cottage deep in the reserve, our passionate staff will ensure your meal is a special experience.
Seated among the staggering beauty and timeless tranquility of an ancient land, deep in the heart of the Cederberg, you will feel the heartbeat of nature, hear the call of the wild and connect with the pulse of an extraordinary landscape. This is a place where abundant wildlife roam free , some of the species are highly endangered and where you can walk freely across the expanse of the reserve. You are able to hike, mountain bike, canoe, fly fish, paint, swim in natural rock pools or wonder at the rock art of an ancient society – the Bushmen, or may choose to simply do nothing at all. One thing is for certain, Bushmans Kloof will leave a footprint on your heart.
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat features a spa and wellness centre, heated outdoor swimming pool and lush garden. The spa offers a selection of signature massages and beauty treatments. The Wine Cellar boasts a variety of South African wines and guests can relax and enjoy a glass of wine in the bar.
The surroundings are therapy in themselves, but The Spa enhances a natural wellness experience and is the focus of the abundant natural healing energy one experiences at Bushmans Kloof. It’s a peaceful sanctuary where one can surrender to the ancient mystical powers of the African landscape, rejuvenate all your senses, replenish your spirit and achieve deep inner peace and harmony. We are dedicated to restoring beauty and balance through individual treatments and Spa journeys, personalised for each of our guests by exceptionally skilled therapists. Our commitment to wellbeing focuses on holistic principles, combining ancient wisdom with modern expertise in a natural environment. Facilities include four serene rooms for dual and single treatments, reflecting the calm ambiance of the spa with heated treatment beds, fluffy towels, scented candles and relaxing music. Our expert therapists are dedicated to restoring beauty and balance through treatments and spa journeys that are personalized for each guest.
Relax beside our heated outdoor pool overlooking the tranquil Homestead patio and enjoy a glass of our signature Rooibos Chilled Iced Tea that is packed with anti-oxidants, while you take in views of staggering rock formations. On cooler days splashing around in the warm water is the perfect way to work off some energy in the heart of winter.
For guests who enjoy a daily workout, or simply wish to work up an appetite for the next delicious meal, Bushmans Kloof offers a specialised mini-gym equipped with a spinning cycle, bar and weights, yoga mats, Pilates ball, mirrors, bottled water and towels. Situated in one wing of the Homestead, the Fitness Centre looks onto the jet-pool patio and is next door to the dual massage room.