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Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat
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Dorking, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“A superb experience”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

This is a very special place, which gets everything right. The location is spectacular and the property beautifully laid out, with wonderful gardens and several swimming pools, and superb accommodation. The staff were incredibly attentive and the activities were very well arranged.
The food was of a very high standard. Not inexpensive but well worth it.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Englefield Green, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

The Hotel and it's surrounding were a pleasant surprise and the opportunity to see the Bushman paintings close up, together with quite outstanding terrain, made this stay memorable.
Our guide Regardt was fantastic and great fun whilst being extraordinarily knowledgeable. However when going on a drive get to your vehicle early so as not to sit in the middle row as there is no leg room. It is an expensive break with prices clearly aimed at the summer visitor to SA and they are pushing hard against the value ceiling. However the food is very, very good and there is no shortage of it. The staff are friendly and the rooms beautifully equipped (including a decent wireless signal).

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

Reading all about Bushmans Kloof on the internet certainly does not come close to reality. The website does not do Bushmans justice as it is the most beautiful place that I have ever seen, The service is tops and something that I have not experienced at any other get away that we have stayed at. We have stayed all over South Africa and this is the top destination on our list at the moment and nothing comes close to it. The staff are fantastic and always time for a quick chat and a smile. Knowing your name bowled me over every time and was such a treat that everyone knew who you were. The venue to eat was stunning and being able to have the stunning view at all times. Food was tops and the waiters / waitresses just always added the special touch. Gardens were out of this world and even just to walk around Bushmans was a treat. The trips to the Bushman paintings and the game drives are all done so well and somehow always had time to still spoil those going on the drives. A getaway not to be missed and at least to be experienced even if only once in your life.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

Over the years we have been fortunate enough to stay at some of the worlds best hotels but this place is in a league of its own. it was our our second visit and hopefully not our last. Bushmans is a unique experience, game drives, cave paintings, excellent food and all supported by an army of brilliant staff.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

A few days before our girls weekend away, a run away fire tortured larges areas around Bushmans Kloof. It was severe enough that the resort had to be evacuated as a precautionary measure. Luckily the resort itself did not suffer much damage.
We were booked to stay at the resort from Friday - Monday, but could only check in on the Saturday. It is always in extreme circumstances like these that the true colours of a resort and it's staff is revealed. Bushmans Kloof and the excellent staff passed with flying colours.
We were updated regularly and when it was clear that we could not check in on Friday, arrangements was made for us to stay in the 12 Apostels hotel for Friday night.
Our stay at Bushmans was amazing. Truly relaxing with all the luxuries you could want for a girls weekend away. Awesome hikes and mountain biking trails. Beautiful pools and great service. The staff new each of our names from the first minute. The food was excellent and high tea a treat. The spa was beautiful and definitely worth a visit.
I look forward to visiting Bushmans multiple times in the future.

Room Tip: The grounds are beautiful and huge. All the rooms are fantastic with awesome views.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Uckfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

First time visit to Bushmans Kloof and certainly not our last. An easy drive from CPT and the last 80 miles or so quite spectacular. From the moment we arrived until the moment we departed , the staff could not be more friendly and helpful. Every aspect of accommdation and dining was of the highest quality. The morning and evening drives to view the cave paintings and wildlife were most enjoyable and informative - thanks to our excellent ranger. Spa treatments on par with everything else at Bushmans making it very hard to find a single point to be critical of - one fellow guest admitted even looking underneath the bed in the hope something would be amiss - it wasn't!

Room Tip: The least expensive rooms do not have a TV - a real bonus !
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Worms, Germany
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

After a long drive into the mountains the reward was finding a stunning, luxurious and most relaxing oasis! the setting in the Cedar-rocks is beautiful, the hotel extremely well-kept, the food excellent and the staff not only friendly but also competent in every respect, expressively including the tour guide!
Our days "in the rocks" were the crowning touch to our first stay in South Africa and Bushman's Kloof is definitely the place we will see again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat
Address: Cederberg Mountains, Clanwilliam 8135, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Clanwilliam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Clanwilliam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat 5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ancient landscapes of wind-sculpted sandstone and untamed bush frame this luxury retreat, 270km from Cape Town. Voted ‘Best Hotel in the World 2009’ in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, the malaria-free reserve is an ecological oasis for diverse wildlife, and custodian of 130 ancient San rock art sites renowned as one the ‘world’s largest open air art galleries’. Evening nature drives and exhilarating outdoor adventures offset an invigorating wellness focus, featuring an outdoor spa gazebo and spa treatments rooted in nature. Delectable cuisine distinguishes this authentic African wilderness escape, while luxurious accommodation includes Koro Lodge, the child-friendly private villa. ... more   less 
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