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Botlierskop Private Game Reserve
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“ONLY GO TO SPA IF A RESIDENT”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

This is the most amazing place in a most wonderful country. My only gripe is to warn anyone thinking of just going there for spa treatments dont unless you want to feel like a second-class citizen. Whilst on holiday visiting my niece from Sedgefield she and her Sister went on the Safari which was the highlight of their time together I booked myself into the Spa for three treatments. Afterwards I called into the restaurant to cool down with a fruit drink and to enjoy the beautiful setting. I picked up the snack menu and hoped my nieces could join me. Think again the Manageress came over and made it perfectly obvious that we would not be welcome as we could be catered for at the reserve cafe. I was made to feel very uncomfortable and had to walk down to join my family. When you have spent over 1500 rand and had a pedicure it somewhat went to waste after having to walk down the dusty road/track. I have just returned from a months stay in the Cape area and this was the only incident to spoil my stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Estero, Florida
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

This was the most incredible honeymoon experience! We only could stay 1 night due to availability but that night/day was absolutely magical. We stayed in a tent which looked like it was out of a magazine with an outdoor dual head shower which opened up onto the beautiful starry night. True outdoor experience in comfort! Highly recommend what we did which was the walk with the lions, couples massage, elephant ride and of course the safari. Food was amazing and everyone who works there was just so accommodating! Most unique place we've ever stayed and can't wait to return!!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

We had 3 nights in the gorgeous place,we had the executive tent style accomadation with our own plunge pool at the end of the walk way,tucked up in the trees was this gloroious tent ( use that term losley, beautifully decorated,peaceful.When ready to go to the lodge for dinner they pop over and pick you up then drop you off after dinner.The lodge is awesome, food fantastic, safari was fab,saw all the big 5, had morning tea with the elephants.Great memories we have.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Willemstad, Curacao
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Botlierskop is conveniently located when on Garden Route trip. Although you don't get the real safari feeling, the setting is perfect. We had two Deluxe Tents along the river and truly enjoyed the accommodation. All pictures look straight out of those fancy magazines and felt the same. They offer elephant back tour's and pick-nick with the elephants, which were both wonderful. The restaurant has great food and HUGE Fire Place and service was great. Certainly recommend Botlierskop for (young) families.

Room Tip: The tents on the river side are awesome!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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london
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Just returned from an amazing holiday in SA - finished off nicely by 2 nights at Botlierskop. Stayed in Tent 1 - the closest to the pool and the bar but still very quiet. The tent itself was amazing. Super comfy huge bed, great decor, outside shower, bath tub that overlooks the verandah - really luxurious.

We did 2 game drives with Rupert - very knowledgeable and friendly and made sure he showed us everything on offer. All the staff were incredibly hospitable and nothing was too much trouble. Great food, reasonably priced wine, lovely pool, fabulous weather.... We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Make sure you do the elephant feeding and the cat walk.

As other reviewers have pointed out - this is not a huge safari experience as the animals are all very used to being gawped at and there is not the "wild" feeling you would get at Kruger, but this is a fabulous way to get to see some of the Big 5 ( we saw buffalo, elephants, lions, rhino but no leopards that we know of) without travelling for miles if you are around the Western Cape.

Really reasonably priced too - would definitely recommend - especially as Botlierskop is about 20 degrees hotter than London right now!!

Room Tip: Room 1 if you want to be close to the pool and bar
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

This was the highlight of our trip along the garden route. We were handed a very generous glass of champagne as we arrived, which set the tone for the outstanding service we received throughout our stay. The rooms were amazing, the comfiest bed EVER, double outside shower, gorgeous complimentary bath products, waking up to a stunning sunrise...and this is all before I start on the food (I have to say the breakfast here cannot be beaten) and the actual game reserve. Our game driver was so friendly and knowledgeable and we really felt like he wanted to get the most out of each drive and for us to see as much as possible, we loved every minute of our stay here and I recommend it to literally everyone!

Room Tip: We were in room 7 and 8, both were brilliant
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Beijing
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

If you're going to bother going on a safari in Africa, just pay out the rest of the cash and stay the night while you're at it. It's a fantasy experience. The luxury tent that we stayed in with the outdoor hot tub and shower and the river we had to cross to get to the tent was amazing. Clayfoot bathtub, colonial desk, heating, aircon, four poster bed, living room....Best Tent in the world! Also, breakfast and dinner were included. The food was amazing and we had a great choice of game meats. Presentation was beautiful. The lodge was gorgeous. The safari guides were well informed and very personable and even though you lost all illusions of things being "wild" animal treatment and was natural, kind, safe and you were able to see all of the big 5 except the hippo. I also liked the feeling of a family business.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Botlierskop Private Game Reserve
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 Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 34 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 reserve is stretching over 3500 ha of mountains and grasslands. Overnight in luxury tented suites situated close to the river. Each of the 17 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. The Manor house on the reserve has 7 rooms with views over the plains and good game viewing opportunities. Some rooms has baths and showers some only showers. Activities offered includes, guided game drives, horse back safaris, bush walks and spa treatments. Game includes lions, elephants, buffalo's, rhino'giraffes, black impala, zebra and many more. ... more   less 
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