Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

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Botlierskop offers various activities: Guided game drives: Experience close encounters with Rhinoceros, Lion, Buffalo, Giraffe, rare Black Impala and many more species. Horseback Safari to the majestic mountain valleys. Spa treatments: we offer various treatments including African massages. Bush walk: guide tour on foot through the reserve to spot the smaller things.
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Phil W
Yorkshire, UK873 contributions
Oct 2022
We booked a few weeks ahead for our morning game drive as we were day visitors rather than guests at Botlierskop. After an initial greeting and a welcoming coffee we started at 10:00 prompt. Our driver was Mandela who was incredible - he was entertaining and knowledgeable throughout the drive and at one point got us to within three metres of a male lion basking in the sunshine.

In addition to the lion we saw elephants, rhino, giraffe, buffalo, Gnu and several other animals, large and small. The journey in the high ride truck was an experience all in itself.

This is definitely worth doing and at under 600 rand per person (less than £30) is an absolute bargain in my opinion.
Written October 30, 2022
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Janis
bermuda171 contributions
Nov 2022
My husband and I booked the day trip game drive. We should have stayed at the lodge it’s about 25 min max drive from Mossel Bay. They save the regular 9 person game trucks for their registered guests,

We arrived 30 min ahead of the 10 am departure. They left 25 min late but made up for this at the end.
We had no idea we would be on a truck that holds 20-30 people. All the game drives we’ve been on prior hold max 9 ppl. This was so full it was insane. We were crammed in like sardines. The truck had no suspension at all. My back and neck are a total mess now. The lodge has 4 of these massive trucks and at least another 10 of the regular size but it seems if your not staying t the lodge and just book a day game drive for about 550 per person Rand your stuck on this unless you book private for 8500 Rand total for up to 8 ppl
The game viewing was very good actually but the level of discomfort is unbearable. We would never ever return or be involved in this type of truck again.
They should at least offer something in between booking 8500 Rand and 550 Rand….
We would have been very happy to book into a group of up to 8 ppl for 900 Rand per person. It not offered. The noise coming from this crappy truck was unbearable and it had no shocks. The roads were not bad it was the crappy truck that’s just no better than a farm vehicle. We are very disgusted they would do this to ppl.
Written November 18, 2022
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Luc Victor
.761 contributions
Aug 2022
I was booked at Botlierskop for a 2 hour horse ride that would be one that I would not forget. It was memorable for the weather and the abundance of wildlife that I saw. My guide was also very knowledgeable about the fauna and flora and even the environmental aspect of the Reserve and its efforts to be environmentally friendly, at the same time being top notch world class. I also appreciated how the Reserve focused much on my personal safety during the outride, and warning me about the potential threat of bad weather when I wanted to book for another 2 hour ride the next day. I found that they do personalize your experience and ensure you have a wonderful educational time during excursions.
Written August 22, 2022
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Marcosteyl
Pretoria, South Africa150 contributions
Sep 2022 • Business
This is one of the most beautiful lodges with breathtaking vistas all around you. They have catered for every potential activity and preference.
The rooms are architecturally superior to most places I have seen around the country and all in all this is what you would expect from 5 star accommodation. We did a horse riding Safari and had amazing sightings really close to us.
The biggest downside is unfortunately staff. Apart from the vast majority being really unfriendly and unhelpful, I suspect they are thought to answer “no” at any question. They have this insane table numbering system where you are expected to sit at the table with a small portable metal number that corresponds with your room number. Instead of allowing you a choice of where to sit, they are unbending on you changing tables which is the weirdest thing.
Apart from this service in the restaurant area is far below average and really put a bad taste to an otherwise great experience.
Written September 30, 2022
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Anne H
8 contributions
Jan 2020
The four of us did the day safari in early January. We had an amazing few hours. Our guide, Mandela, had lots of information about the animals, and was very entertaining. the park was much bigger than we thought, and we saw loads of different animals. We stopped many times, to hear more about the animals and take pictures. after the safari, we had lunch in the restaurant, and then our children went for a swim in the swimming pool, which is accessible to day guests.
Written January 15, 2020
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Thank you for sharing your Day Safari Experience and choosing Botlierskop for a Family day out. We are glad you enjoyed your game drive, lunch and the leisure area at our Day Safari Centre. Thanks again for your feedback. It is very important to us to improve our service and facilities.
Written January 20, 2020
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Laurel M
Leduc, Canada536 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
3 hr safari in an amazing venue. The facilities and main area are very nice cabin style with lovey amenities. A huge deck out looking a pond and many animals very close to view. Also a nice souvenir shop with reasonable priced merchandise. I found a nice safari style hat there and I never can as I have a large head. A beautiful restaurant where we had a great lunch afterwards.
The safari is amazing. Larger and smaller safari trucks depending on the size of your group. We had a large group of about 14 in the larger truck and this truck could handle it with ease up and down the mountains and it could turn on a dime pretty much! We had Simba as a guide who was able to find so many of the animals with ease. He knew exactly where they were and by name. His love of the animals is very evident and he was able to tell us a lot about each animal, how they live, etc. And we learned a lot!
It was a Greta experience and I would recommend it to anyone! You will see everything and close up!
Written February 1, 2020
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Thank you for your your wonderful comments and sharing your Botlierskop Experience as a Day Visitor. We are glad you enjoyed your Game Drive with Simba and the Leisure area at our Day Safari Centre. Thanks again for your time writing this review.
Written March 20, 2020
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Brq-Wfi
Cape Town Central, South Africa20 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Absolutely fantastic experience. Premier hospitality and game viewing in a beautiful setting where you can indulge in a variety of activities or lounge around as the abundant bird-life keeps you company. The staff are beyond friendly, attentive and accommodating with smiles aplenty. The food is surprisingly good, with enough variety and generous portions. We were in a luxury tent with all the regular amenities including electric blanket and more than enough coffee and rusks for your early morning riser who wants to watch the park come alive as birds start singing and the wild game mozy past your deck.
Written October 1, 2020
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ericvzyl
Vredendal, South Africa253 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
The quality of service we received made us feel right at home and part of the reserve!

We have visited alot of game reserves before but nothing compares to botlierskop. By far the best game drive we had and the best service with knowledgeable rangers will make your experience at botlierskop unforgettable. Delicious food, excellent service, friendly staff and booking activities with ease will definitely make us come back to botlierskop.
Written May 10, 2021
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noproblemjamaica08
Pulborough, UK390 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
This is such a beautiful place, from the moment you arrive at the lodge you are well looked after and brought a welcome drink while you fill in the paper work.

We met our game ranger called Silas who was really helpful and friendly.

We had time for lunch before we went out and I opted for a lighter bite but the portion sizes are huge! The food is of a high standard and the ingredients taste fresh and everything is beautifully presented.

The game drives with Silas were out of this world he has so much knowledge and there wasn't a question he was asked that he couldn't answer. He gave us so much information but in a really fun way and he is well spoken and very intelligent. He def made our drives even more special. Within 2 drives we had seen all the animals as could possibly want to. Also want to thank him as I have a bad back condition and he was sympathetic and kept checking I was ok and let me bring a cushion to help me be more comfortable.

The luxury tent was beautiful too and so lovely to be able to be on the balcony and see some of the animals close by. The beds are super comfy too and the room has everything you need including hairdryer etc.

Only suggestion I have is bring insect repellent not surprisingly there are a lot of mosquitos! You can also buy repellent from reception.

I can't explain how much me and my sister loved Botlierskop I really hope to return one day.
Written February 5, 2020
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Thank you for sharing your Incredible experience with us. We appreciate your feedback and time writing this review.
Written March 20, 2020
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Drew Addison
1 contribution
Mar 2021
Awful booking service and attitude at reservations.
I've been trying to book for our 30th wedding anniversary for the past 3 days.
The first time I tried to confirm a booking after being offered two options I was told that was not actually available. I was offered an alternative, at a 50% price upgrade.
I then tried to book that, only to be informed that, that is also not available and offered something else altogether which had never been part of my enquiry. I thought I would make a phone call rather than keep going backward and forward via e-mail.
I was told that the first offer didn't make sense as that section of Botlierskop isn't even operational at present.. The second option was now booked out, and that it was my fault for not booking quickly enough and if I didn't book option 3 now I would miss that also. Absolute arrogant and unhelpful attitude all round. Perhaps the place itself is lovely, it came highly recommended from friends who go regularly, but I'll never get to find out as I certainly won't be repeating this unpleasant experience.
Written March 18, 2021
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