Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat

Agert Pakhuis Pass Cederberg Mountains, Clanwilliam 8135 South Africa
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Cradled by the rugged Cederberg Mountains, Bushmans Kloof offers an utterly unique wilderness escape in South Africa. This family-owned lodge and ecological oasis is set within a 7500-hectare private reserve. Offering five-star luxury accommodation and inspired South African cuisine, memorable days at Bushmans Kloof are spent discovering the wide-open plains, awe-inspiring wildlife and pristine mountain landscapes. Discover our special world, with unique access to more than 130 ancient rock art sites, some dating back as far as 10,000 years, and the opportunity to discover the region’s ancient San culture in the company of our experienced local guides.
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Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Canoeing
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Hiking
Bicycle tours
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Fishing
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Full body massage
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Baggage storage
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Sun loungers / beach chairs
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Agert Pakhuis Pass Cederberg Mountains, Clanwilliam 8135 South Africa
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Cape Town Intl Airport
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JMD1462 wrote a review May 2023
108 contributions28 helpful votes
Property's Favorite Review
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After a very bumpy 5 mile drive (and that's after passing through the entrance gates!) we arrived to a very warm welcome to paradise in the wilderness. Rooms are really well furnished and cosy, with views out to the mountains/lily ponds. The staff here are exceptional - every one going out of their way to make sure you are happy and enjoying your staff. We were made to feel so welcome and that nothing was too much trouble. A special meal was arranged at the Shepherd's Hut on our first night, hosted by Hannah and chef William. It was magical and unforgettable. They were both superb hosts - thank you!

Our host and ranger for our stay was Evan who took us out on all the nature drives, including two to see the incredible bush art. He was brilliant, great company and really interesting and knowledgeable - we learnt so much.

All meals were excellent - breakfast overlooking the beautiful lily ponds and mountains, lunches by the pool, and dinners in either the restaurant or if a special night, on your own by the fire!

Thank you so much to everyone at BK who looked after us during our stay - to us, it is always the staff members that make a stay so special. We would particularly like to thank Evan and Hannah, who we unfortunately didn't have an opportunity to say goodbye to, and also the delightful Sam, who checked us in and out - but you are all wonderful and made our stay the experience of a lifetime. Amazing.

Janice & Steve
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Date of stay: April 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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martinuksa wrote a review Mar 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa461 contributions66 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had been recommended to visit here by the staff at the Oyster Box, and we weren't disappointed. The welcoming staff created an amazing first impression. The rooms are extremely comfortable, very well appointed and are set along the side of a small lake, facing a picturesque rock face. The meals were very good, with excellent use made of local produce.
The cleaning staff were extremely good without being at all intrusive - the rooms were always spotless. Kudos to them. The food and beverage staff were extremely friendly and looked after us well, although we sometimes had to wait a bit for drinks orders.
The situation of BK deserves an essay of it's own. The Cedarberg is an exquisite part of the world and the scenery is beautiful in a very unique way. The rock art sites of the San People are plentiful on the reserve and I would definitely recommend taking one of the morning drives to visit them.
The late afternoon drives are more focused on game viewing and are really good. I must give a HUGE shout out to our personal guide Eric. He was extremely knowledgeable and was very helpful in us identifying many species of birds that we had never seen before. The stop for sundowners was always a highlight and a chance to experience the quiet of the Cedarberg.
Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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magsbaker535 wrote a review Mar 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa9 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent the most amazing long weekend Bushmans Kloof. From start to finish, the service, food and experience were amazing. We were travelling as a family of 3 and had the Niven Suite which had two beautiful kingsize rooms both with their own bathrooms and was beautifully decorated. The resort consists of individual rooms set along the river, dams or gardens all with their own private patio and close to one of the pools. All the meals are beautifully presented and simply delicious and our daughter had her own personalised menu for each meal as she is gluten intolerant. One of the many highlights was the depth of knowledge of our guide Adrian. He took us on morning, evening and night drives which included seeing the various exquisite bushman paintings in the valley and we were also lucky enough to see two owls on our night drive as well as other small game. Adrian's knowledge of the flora, fauna, paintings, reserve and history of the area were second to none. We were also lucky enough to visit on a Saturday when all the diners were taken up to Embers which is a deck literally set into the mountain and the views of the sunset and the moon rising were beautiful. Once night came, the candle let setting was truly spectacular with the rocks as a backdrop. I cannot thank the staff enough for such a great weekend, Bushmans Kloof is a real "foodies" dream and the setting, walks and opportunity to relax was just what we needed.
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Date of stay: February 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Rory du Plessis, General Manager at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat
Responded Mar 8, 2021
Dear magsbaker535, Thank you for the wonderful feedback. We will hopefully see you back at Bushmans Kloof in the near future
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JCFernandez wrote a review Apr 2021
Hamburg81 contributions53 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The devil is in the details. And Bushman's Kloof needs to pay attention to details!

1. While it truly is wonderful to have animals on the premises, it would be even more wonderful, if, during our 4 day stay, someone would put in the effort to remove their droppings from outside our bungalow. We had to step over them to get to our porch. Surely the staff should have seen this- as they had to step over it too (for 4 days!)

2.The pool furniture is impractical. Black iron and dark cushions in the sweltering heat is a skin burn waiting to happen- it didn't have to wait long. Please get new, modern, stylish and PRACTICAL pool furniture that doesn't confine you between to sizzling armrests.

3. At these prices, I expect someone to see to the guests at the pool now and again. Towels were only changed every morning. So sometimes there were no more towels left for the guests.

4.If you are going to tell us the orange juice is freshly squeezed, then don't serve bottled orange nectar and tell us it is fresh. At every breakfast we had to fight with the kitchen to be generous enough to squeeze some oranges for us. Don't offer it, if you are not willing to serve it.

5. The shower seriously needs an update. Adding the hot water made the pipes shake, so we opted for cold showers instead to avoid a pipe bursting. Having separate taps for hot and cold water is not a great system if you want to save water, by the way- and may I remind you, you are in the desert.

6.While the staff was friendly, people skills are not their forte. At an establishment like this, I expect the staff to read the customers. We certainly did not want to be interrupted constantly during breakfast and dinner, just to be asked the same questions by 3 different managers. (This also goes for the turn down service: we obviously never used the bathrobes, so why spread them out on the bed every night?)

7. Answer your emails!

The fact that this place can get away with it's unbelievably average product at exorbitant prices just reaks of arrogance. The issue with this place is that it seems so far removed from anywhere that it has lost touch with competing establishments around the world, which are cheaper, more exclusive and quite frankly: better.
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Date of stay: February 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: We stayed in the Rock Pools 2 Room, which is a bit cluttered, but all in all a really wonderful...
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Response from Rory du Plessis, General Manager at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat
Responded Apr 27, 2021
Dear Mr Fernandez, I have taken the liberty of responding to your email sent. Thank you again for the constructive feedback and we do hope you will visit again sometime. Kind regards
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Paddy K wrote a review Dec 2020
Johannesburg19 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
In summary we were treated to a full on outstanding experience at this extraordinary oasis in the mystical Cederberg. Rather than recite a litany of excellent food, drink and all round comfort, I'll list a few random items which rank as the best I have experienced anywhere.
1. The best gin and tonic. Made with Blind Tiger gin and a slice of orange, my wife, daughter and I were pleading for more. We stocked up on Blind Tiger when as soon as we got home.
2. The best bathrobes ever. I had to speak to myself sternly to prevent one of them making its way into my luggage.
3.  Wonderful rock art of which they have a plethora (135 sites apparently, including Unesco heritage sites).
4. The bar fridge in the room was right beside my bed and made NO NOISE WHATSOEVER, not even a gentle hum. How do they do it?
5. The (award winning wine list) was good enough to want to take back to the room for bedtime reading.

It was clear that all the staff (take a bow Gerhard, Stefan, Michael etc.) felt cared for by the senior management, and they in turn went out of their way to show us that they were intent on making us feel special too. Example: when they returned our (clean) car on departure, there were a couple of bottled of cold water plus some biscuits with a note to say have a safe journey. Small thing with a big impact.

We have travelled extensively around the world, and Bushman's Kloof can hold its own with any comparable resort anywhere.
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Date of stay: December 2020
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Rory du Plessis, General Manager at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat
Responded Dec 13, 2020
Dear Paddy K, It is wonderful to get such wonderful feedback, and will pass it on to the rest of the staff. Safe travels, and we hope to see you in the Cederberg again.
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Phil Y wrote a review Jan 2023
Toronto, Canada67 contributions93 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Bushman's Kloof - what an amazing hotel in the wilderness! Loved it from the moment we arrived until the day we had to leave. The hotel arranged for the same driver to meet us at the cruise terminal and drive us to the resort (and then to their sister property, 12 Apostles, and lastly to the airport). We arrived late in the evening started off in a deluxe room and then moved to the Riverside Supreme Suite the next day after seeing the heated infinity pool. Wow-sitting in this pool (with a glass of champagne) watching the animals go past was truly an amazing experience. One just has to be aware of the baboons, who like to come and visit, especially if a door is left open.
All the included meals were beautifully presented and very delicious and we complimented the chef on a few occasions. South African wines from their Bouchard Finlayson winery nicely complemented the food and were very well priced.
All rooms and suites come with a guide to take you out in the early morning and late afternoon for a sundowner, complete with drinks and snacks. We were lucky that the resort was not totally full and most of our trips were just us. We saw many animals but were really impressed with the rock art, some of which is 10,000 years old!
One afternoon, our guide drove us to a lake, where a private picnic was all set up for us to enjoy and drove us back to the resort when we were finished.
The staff were very friendly and helpful and we really appreciated everything they did for us! It is a small resort and one usually needs to book in advance. Rest assured you will have an amazing time that you will remember for years to come.
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Date of stay: January 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Plan to spend at least 3-4 nights in this desert oasis. You won't be disappointed.
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MikeyA wrote a review Dec 2021
Cape Town Central, South Africa179 contributions71 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
A wonderful spoil. Everything was superb from the moment we checked in until we left - with our car having been washed & vacuumed, fresh bottles of mineral water inside and butter biscuits with a note.

The setting is magical. Beautiful walks and discovering bushman caves. Our guide Londi was knowledgeable and excellent on fauna, flora and the Khoi & San people.

Food is superb. They cater meticulously for any dietary requirements. Wonderful wines. They have a superb spa with great treatments which we indulged in.

Could not recommend it more highly.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Ailsa F wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom883 contributions25 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here as the world was struggling with the Covid-19 virus so very difficult times for everyone concerned. Despite this backdrop the hotel and staff should be applauded for the friendly and professional manner in which they responded. We had a wonderful break, highlights included the stunning rock art from thousands of years back, dinner under the stars, cycling, canoeing and swimming to a picnic lunch under the rocks and the beautiful animals. Evan our guide looked after us fantastically with his expert knowledge and the food and drink back at the hotel led by Murray was consistently delicious, we really enjoyed the variety of dining and drinks locations. We are planning a return in hopefully more settled times.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Jan Q wrote a review Jan 2020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands86 contributions39 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We came at the warm recommendation of friend who are regular visitors. Fully aware that this place does not offer the famous Big Five, but a much more exclusive matter: raw and undiluted natural beauty, hospitality at the very highest level.
We were not disappointed! Rarely have I been to a more luxurious yet relaxed place. The quality is of the very highest level in all respects: the rooms, the service, the staff, the stunningly beautiful gardens and wider surroundings.
We did a couple of nature drives and walks with our guide and host Jannie, who was both extremely knowledgeable and entertaining about the fauna and flora, as well as an extremely pleasant client client companion for my wife and me and our three grownup sons.
Our dinners were of the highest culinary standards, the service was impeccable throughout.
We were left with nothing to be desired. Thanks you all for a most memorable visit! We can’t wait to come back.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Rory_du_Plessis-TA, General Manager at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat
Responded Jan 5, 2020
Dear Jan Q It was wonderful to receive your fantastic feedback, and an absolute pleasure having you here. We hope to see you really soon in the Cederberg. Kind regards
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Popovova wrote a review Mar 2023
Wailea, Hawaii213 contributions189 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved our stay at Bushman’s Kloof. We had a last minute change to our itinerary due to Tropical Cyclone Freddy. And the change took us to Cederberg House at Bushman’s Kloof. It ended up being a great change.

Cederberg House is an amazing accommodation. While comfortable for 4, it was palatial for the two of us. Beautifully designed with wonderful artwork, the inside/outside living was amazing. Our evening cocktails, from the very well stocked bar were joined by antelopes and zebras just outside the garden. The baboon parade was fun to watch as well. Nimeka did an amazing job maintaining our accommodation and did a great job with laundry! Evan, our guide was fantastic. He really got our preferences and interests and enhanced our visit. We enjoyed hiking, archery, and rock/wildlife drives. We also enjoyed relaxing time by our pool!

Meals were outstanding! The food had great variety and service was fantastic. We loved how they changed the dinner venues during our five nights. Super special was the dinner in a remote cabin in a traditional brai style and a picnic in our garden. Bravo to Coenrad for really making the food and beverage part of our experience extra special.

Bushman’s Kloof is certainly not a budget location, but we found amazing value in the quality of every experience. A big thank you to everyone for making our stay so memorable.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Cederberg House is just amazing and very private
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Lenore95 asked a question Oct 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa132 contributions34 helpful votes
Greetings what are the options to get there.from Cape Town. We do not have our own car TIA
Answer from Sue53_11
Suider Paarl, South Africa1,157 contribution248 helpful votes
I suggest you contact the hotel...I think they might arrange transfers. Bushmans Kloof is quite remote & quite a distance from Cape Town
vita713 asked a question Sep 2020
Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, South Africa100 contributions95 helpful votes
Hi, I'm looking on Trip Advisor, and it says the cost of a night here is R22 187. Is this really true ?
Answer from Rory_du_Plessis-TA
Hi vita713, There are some fantastic specials on offer at the moment, try Thompsons Regards Rory
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United States1,137 contribution204 helpful votes
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DJM_MP wrote a tip Nov 2023
Newquay, United Kingdom52 contributions87 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The "luxury" grade rooms are pretty small. "
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Jerome M wrote a tip Aug 2023
3 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms have something to recommend them."
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Pranav wrote a tip May 2023
Cape Town, South Africa10 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Depending on the season (ie. Autumn/Winter), make sure to brace for some cold/windy weather (if you're from warmer parts of the world)"
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Popovova wrote a tip Mar 2023
Wailea, Hawaii213 contributions189 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cederberg House is just amazing and very private"
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Ruediger wrote a tip Mar 2023
Karlsruhe, Germany8 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We had the "Rock Pool 1" and it was excellent."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat
What are some of the property amenities at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat have airport transportation?
Yes, Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.
Does Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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