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“Amazing Place! More than 5*” 5 of 5 stars
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Botlierskop Private Game Reserve
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Botlierskop Reserve, Mossel Bay, Gonnakraal near Little Brak River, Mossel Bay 6053, South Africa   |  
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Welling, United Kingdom
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“Amazing Place! More than 5*”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Stayed here for 2 nights with my husband and 4 daughters. Could have stayed longer, the place was amazing. Where to start.... the food, the tents, the staff, the safari experience - all were perfect. From the minute we arrived we were treated so well, offered fizzy wine and snacks as our room wasn't ready (were were early), and enjoyed the beautiful views while sitting near the infinity pool. The tents were gorgeous and brought even glamping to a whole new level. The tents were superb, beautifully decorated, spacious, clean and just lovely. Staff would take you to and from your room at a moments notice in golf buggys and the journey was quite steep but it was never too much trouble. We enjoyed going out in the jeep for safari's (which would take a whole separate review to how wonderful it was) plus my daughters went on horseback, each time assisted by our guide for the whole trip - Corlea who was so knowledgeable and so nice. The food was amazing, well cooked and the choice so good, again staff were wonderful.

Room Tip: All tents (we had three) were lovely with great views
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

The elephant walk was amazing! Something very unusual. The game drive was OFF THE HOOK but remember to dress up warm as high on the plateau and the wind and cold really hits you even when warm in the valley. They do give you blankets but just not enough and they don't warn you so can be a terrible two hours if you are not prepared. We stayed in the luxury tents and it was magic..... Kids loved every minute and we felt like we were really in the bush. The staff were fantastic really attentive and great with the kids. Loved the selection of foods all the great variety of game.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A well hidden gem and a wonderful surprise hidden beteeen George and Mossel Bay. Spectacular views were only eclipsed by a 4 day old baby elephant. An absolute little charmer; we wish him a long life. Good place if you are into wild bird spotting too.

Be good to see a few more lions though and perhaps in a larger enclosure.

Service in the dining area was capable and not intrusive. Good cross section of food on offer at the buffet. Stunning, huge roaring fireplaces in the common lounge more than made up for some grotty weather during our stay.

We will certainly go again.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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George, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Wow...this is the best 4 star accommodation we have ever stayed at...I dont understand why they dont have 5 stars! Its perfect from the second you arrive to when you leave. Friendly staff, amazing interiors, the tents are luxurious and beautiful. Superb finishes...only the best. Its the little things they attend to. You get a glass of champagne and a snack bowl on arrival while you fill in the forms. Then they escort you to the tent where they explain how everything works and complimentary sherry and fruit bowl in your tent. There is a mini bar and electric blankets and bear throws so its perfect for winter accommodation. The best thing is the log fires in the dining are that is always burning...it creates such a warm ambiance. Dinner was superb and so was breakfast. I recommended this for any occasion and the best in the Garden route. We will be back! Thank to the owners for sharing their peace of heaven with us!

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

This is my second review of Botlierskop but our first return visit since their recent upgrade. Our stay was truly spectacular and we are once again planning another visit since we are blessed enough to live only 4 hours away from this piece of heaven. We received 5 star treatment from the minute we arrived to the minute we left. The upgraded lodge is warm and inviting with spectacular views in every direction. This was our final destination after a 2 week holiday along the Garden Route and it was a perfect finish to our holiday. The service, the staff, the accommodation, the activities and the food are outstanding and this is a stop over not to be missed. Although the rest of my family are meat eaters, I only eat the occasional piece of fish so am always concerned when we are heading into a buffet dinner situation. There is however, something for everyone and they were more than willing to prepare a separate meal for me. It was not necessary since there is plenty of choice anyway. Breakfast was delicious and very single thing you could possibly want is on offer, including delicious Méthode Cap Classique and orange to round off a decadent breakfast. Our children enjoyed their stay too which was great as we were a little concerned that it was not the ideal place to take them. Dinner was somewhat wasted on them and it may be nice to see a simpler children's menu introduced. This would not effect our decision to go back though and we understand that this is ideally a wonderful adult escape. I cannot imagine anyone leaving Botlierskop with a complaint. It is outstanding and we look forward to going back. Thank you to everyone at Botlierskop for another magical stay.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is truly a wonderful place. We only stayed one night but it felt like home the moment we entered the reserve. Amazing staff and activities. We did a long horseride-observing zebras, rhinos elephants, wilderbeasts and a lot of 'boks'!! Today we had the elephant back ride-a must!! Food excellent as is the accommodation. 5 star luxury-not to be missed!!

Stayed July 2014
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Southampton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

What a stunning venue! Where to start!?
Rooms / tents (that's tents with four-poster beds and 5 star luxury) - perfectly situated with stunning views and resident wildlife.... don't be put off by this - just make the most of the amazing photo opportunities!
Restaurant - buffet style, but beautifully done. A wide selection of meats barbecued to your preferences with very well prepared accompaniments, a good wine list and friendly service. And a surprisingly good vegetarian selection,
Activities - this is what it's all about! It's relatively small reserve and of course nothing like visiting Kruger or the Serengeti, but the tours are rewarding and hosted by very knowledgeable rangers. We saw giraffe, buffalo, springbok, eland, zebra, rhino (including a calf!), nyala, water buck and more besides!
An absolute must is the "Lion walk".... an hour stroll with two lionesses with plenty of photo opportunities - that's right! Walking with lions! No cages, no leashes just you (well.... 10 of you!), 4 rangers and 2 young lions!
And there's plenty more to do from elephant ride / feeding, fishing and plenty more.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Francina T, General Manager at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, responded to this review, July 15, 2014
Dear Reviewer

Thank you so much for you kind comments. So glad we exceeded your expectations and looking forward hosting you again.

Kind Regards
Botlierskop Team
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Address: Botlierskop Reserve, Mossel Bay, Gonnakraal near Little Brak River, Mossel Bay 6053, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Mossel Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Mossel Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Botlierskop Private Game Reserve 4*
Number of rooms: 19
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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