Bushman’s Kloof, situated in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains less than four hours drive from Cape Town, is an exclusive private wilderness reserve and wellness retreat. Vast and ruggedly beautiful, this semi-desert eco reserve is both malaria and predator free and boasts sites of exceptional Bushman rock art.
The main lodge features 17 rooms and suites with private terraces and en suite bathrooms. Each guestroom is individually decorated in light colours with natural fabrics and traditional furnishings. The Homestead, with its old world charm and elegance, has two stylish lounges and fireplaces, a bar, award-winning wine cellar, library and spacious restaurant. Savour al fresco lunches on the terrace, soak in the heated outdoor pool or enjoy a regenerating couples spa treatment in the river gazebo. As a member of Relais and Chateau, the cuisine at Bushman’s Kloof is first class. Dining settings are as inventive as the cuisine, whether it be a picnic set up on a hillside, dining at Embers under the billion stars of the Milky Way or sundowner snacks at the riverside boma.
For those looking for total exclusivity, there is also the option of two private houses: Koro Lodge, features two master bedrooms and a loft area accommodating up to four children, and Cape Dutch Cederberg House, set on tranquil banks of the Boontjies River offers two en suite guestrooms. Both have private heated pool and come inclusive of their own personal chef and guide.
A South African Natural Heritage site, the Reserve boasts an abundance of indigenous flora and fauna, including many endangered species, and is home to over 150 kinds of birds, 750 plant species and over 35 species of mammals, including the rare Cape mountain zebra. A host of enriching, invigorating experiences are on offer such as nature drives, botanical walks, mountain biking, archery, fly fishing and guided walks to some of 130 ancient Bushman rock art sites that are found in the reserve.
Not forgetting the fabulous spa: a welcoming sanctuary with a holistic healing and wellness focus deeply rooted in nature, which promises solace for body, mind and spirit.