We spent two nights at Botlierskop in July- luckily choosing good weather for our winter visit and we had a wonderful stay in one of the luxury tents. The weather would not have mattered to our comfort much, as the tents are air-conditioned and the electric blankets, down duvets and thick faux fur blankets make for cosy sleeping. The tents are located along the river down a steep hill from the main lodge and while we walked to our tent most of the time, there are golf carts available if one feels less energetic. Sitting on the tent verandha watching the waterbuck & nyala and the cheeky vervets was most relaxing.
The warm welcome and hospitality and attention provided by all the staff was superb. The restuarant served up amazing food. Breakfast for R120 gave every option imaginable, with the breakfast cocktails and the venison sausage a highlight. The supper menu is a set menu with homemade breads & pates, soup, three choices for starter/ mains and desserts, rounded off with coffee. The food was delicious and at R230 was reasonable, but I would have liked to have had the choice of a 'lighter" option with fewer courses. We did a lovely morning game drive with a knowledgable ranger, seeing the various buck species, buffalo, rhino, zebra and giraffe, as well as the elephants and lion which are kept separately. The highlight for us however was the 'catwalk' with two 3year old lions. It was managed very well and although we walked and interacted for an hour with the lions, the staff were most responsible and at no stage did we feel any danger or threat from this magnificent predators.
The road to Botlierskop is good ( a short dirt road off the tar) and there is cellphone reception. Rooms are supplied with kettles, hairdryers and a fridge. The receptionist even located me a cellphone charger to recharge my phone!
Botlierskop is also an easy drive to the beautiful beaches between Knysna and Mossel Bay. A day trip to nearby Hartenbos with its funpark and flea market would be recommended in the holiday season for families looking for a busy interlude from the tranquility of Botlierskop. I would definitely recommend this resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated between Mossel Bay and George, Botlierskop Private Game reserve offers a great diversity of wildlife with more that 26 different animal species and over 200 bird species. Botlierskop is a 4 star reserve is stretching over 3000 ha of mountains and grasslands. Overnight in luxury tented suites situated close to the river. Each of the 15 air-conditioned luxury-tented suites at Botlierskop is elegantly decorated in a romantic colonial theme with 4-poster beds draped with mosquito nets. The en-suite bathrooms are lavishly equipped with deep baths and an outdoor bush shower with stunning views. Activities offered includes, guided game drives, helicopter flights, elephant back rides, picnic with the elephants and horse back safaris, tea with the elephants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Botlierskop Private Game Reserve Hotel Mossel Bay