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Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat

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Agert Pakhuis Pass, Clanwilliam 8135 South Africa
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#2 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Clanwilliam
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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
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Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Canoeing
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Hot tub
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Infinity pool
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Outdoor pool
Heated pool
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Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
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Agert Pakhuis Pass, Clanwilliam 8135 South Africa
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Cape Town Intl Airport131 miSee all flights
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Duke4inNC wrote a review Yesterday
Cary, North Carolina99 contributions138 helpful votes
I can’t imagine a better place to stay in the area. We made the 3 hour trip from Cape Town and it was worth every second of the scenic drive. The staff welcomes you to the property with friendly waves! The food and servers wonderful and the guides are so friendly and knowledgeable to find animals and rock art for you to see. Worth every penny and moment.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Michael C wrote a review Sep 2021
Cape Town, South Africa490 contributions94 helpful votes
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We had heard great things about Bushmans Kloof before our visit and we were not disappointed. The Cederberg has amazing scenery and it follows that this reserve is simply stunning. There is so much to commend about our stay * the accommodation provided was excellent - I’ll say no more so you also enjoy the surprises. * the staff were simply awesome. - nothing was too much bother. * the food is simply gorgeous. I defy anyone to eat breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner. * the daily trips delight whether it’s going to see some rock art or the nature drive. * absolutely loved the wine tasting experience. * plenty of other things to do - hiking, mountain biking to name but two. You pay a premium to stay but it’s absolutely worth it to treat yourself well nice in a while. If you can afford the price this is stunning South African hospitality at its best. A three hour drive from Cape Town-
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Rory du Plessis, General Manager at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat
Responded Nov 21, 2021
Dear michaelcA4324MB, Many thanks for your wonderful feedback and we hope to see you back in this part of the world very soon. Kind regards
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Phil Y wrote a review Jan 2023
Toronto, Canada62 contributions90 helpful votes
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
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Room Tip: Plan to spend at least 3-4 nights in this desert oasis. You won't be disappointed.
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Mistymoo14 wrote a review Jan 2023
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom282 contributions78 helpful votes
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A Long drive to get there but the scenery en route is beautiful. The Hotel itself is exceptional , the staff can’t do enough for you and the food was amazing , I tasted the best every spring rolls at lunch time , the flavours were just wonderful. We booked a de luxe double room which was very spacious and beautifully presented, the bed sheets and linen were top notch ! There’s lovely pool areas to chill with beautiful surroundings. I hadn’t realised we had game drives included so this was a real bonus , where we saw wilderbeast, mountain zebras and springbok , our driver Theireen was very friendly and informative. Seeing the prehistoric rock art was unbelievable and we even managed a mountain walk that was well signposted. If travelling to Cederburg I can highly recommend treating yourself to a stay here , you won’t be disappointed.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Even when you arrive at the main gate you still have a 7km drive down a dirt track
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wfiring wrote a review Jan 2023
Denver, Colorado40 contributions17 helpful votes
We've been regular travelers to South Africa over the past 10 years or so and have never visited the remote Cederberg Mountains about 3 hours north of Cape Town. We're so glad we visited during the recent Christmas holiday. Red Carnation properties are known for exceptional service and Bushmans Kloof delivered this in spades. The service was polished, personable and above all - proactive. The location provided a window into the diversity of the South African landscape that we had not experienced before. The activities are diverse and seem to fit most any mood or desire of the day. We shall return.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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lucymuncey wrote a review Dec 2022
Basingstoke, United Kingdom9 contributions4 helpful votes
We have just had an incredible 3 days at Bushman’s Kloof staying in the Koro lodge - a beautiful house set a little away from the main hotel . We cannot recommend this place more highly . From the moment we arrived we were so well looked after by the staff and our guide , Hannah . The setting in the Cederberg mountains is breathtaking and we were able to enjoy a mix of nature drives , morning hikes , rest and relaxation and amazing food . We had fabulous spa treatments too . Highly recommend the supper at the special shepherds hut . The team there will ensure you do as much or as little as you want and organise everything . We had an incredible chef , Jolanda , at the house . Food is a real highlight . The morning and evening nature drives were informative and always saw something new and interesting . Hannah was a super guide . Don’t hesitate to stay at Bushman’s Kloof - a very special kind of luxury . Huge thanks to Zenobia , Hannah , Jolanda and the rest of the lovely team . We had a wonderful time and made some great family memories .
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Colin W wrote a review Dec 2022
Preston, United Kingdom13 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed at Bushmans Kloof for four nights at the end of our South African holiday in November. The wilderness reserve is a place of spectacular beauty and tranquility and we were made most welcome on arrival. Everything was 5 star luxury from start to finish. Our room looked over one of the four pools with mountain views. Our guide, Janka was a font of knowledge about the plants and animals and taught us so much about the rock art. The morning and evening drives were a delight with the breakfast and sundowner stops a real treat. Meals were an occasion in three different settings and the food, wine and service were immaculately presented and faultlessly served. My wife had a spa treatment which she described as the best ever. Bushmans Kloof was the perfect way to remember South African hospitality at its best. Thank you. Colin and Catherine Walsh.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Mchenchef wrote a review Dec 2022
Erkrath, Germany430 contributions224 helpful votes
We have been there for 4 nights, coming directly from CPT airport, which is 3.5 hrs away. Very warm welcome, very friendly staff. Valet parking, the luggage was already in our Riverside villa when we arrived there accompanied by a receptionist who explained everything we should know for the first. The area is stunning, lovely nature, just inviting to become explored. We went on two trails by ourselves, which was really great, and also on 2 other drives with our guide, even to the rock paintings. We could have made more, but decided also to relax. You may get pampered with food and drinks the whole day, the food is absolutely excellent, mighte be compared to star ranked cuisine. The wine list is also excellent, not too expensive. The wine glasses are not what you would expect from a luxury dining restaurant. The menue at the bar is somewhat small, only some cocktails, not an international standard, also regarding the selection of spirits. Even when you are not an UK origin, you should also have high tea. The villa was very spacious, but for us it could have been somawhat brighter. The room service was top, with turn down in the evening. My wife also enjoyed the spa service very much. So, alltogether a short but wonderful stay in a fantastic environment with lots of very friendly staff trying to fulfill all your wishes, excellent dining and only few things to optimise.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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grahambaker245 wrote a review Nov 2022
10 contributions2 helpful votes
Bushman’s Kloof is a wonderful place to stay, marrying stunning scenery, very comfortable accommodations, and wonderful food (some of the best we tasted during our 2 week trip to South Africa). What also stands out is the well trained staff who combined first class service with exceptional friendliness. No review would be complete without a shout out for the drives and activities on hand. This is not big 5 game territory. The drives are at a slower pace altogether, but in our experience were made special by the knowledge of the guides. We were lucky enough to be assigned Byron whose knowledge of flora, fauna, stars and rock art is extraordinary. He made our visit “come alive”. Thank you, Byron. Bushman’s Kloof is a place for the soul.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Richard wrote a review Oct 2022
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Beautifully appointed large rooms in a large private nature reserve in the Cederberg mountains. A great place for a couple of days to do guided nature drives, see ancient cave art and take well marked hikes within the property. The food in the restaurant is very good with a good selection of wine. The staff are friendly and helpful and the guide we had was excellent.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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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, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Does Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.