Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat (Cederberg)

Spectacular scenery at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve

Nestled in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains, only 270 km or a 3 hour drive from Cape Town; lies Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat.

A unique wilderness experience in an ecological oasis and magical land; among wide open plains, ancient sandstone formations, and crystal clear waterfalls. This spiritual retreat is a haven of staggering beauty and timeless tranquillity; where abundant wildlife roams free. It is a place to feel the pulse of an extraordinary and ancient landscape; to reconnect with nature and the essence of life.

The multi award winning lodge is a proud Relais & Châteaux member and forms part of the family run Red Carnation Hotel Collection. Bushmans Kloof is also a member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World; the highest standards of hospitality and sustainability; add to the experience of this unforgettable wilderness adventure.

A South African Natural Heritage Site, it boasts an abundance of indigenous flora and fauna; including many endangered species; and is home to over 150 kinds of birds, 750 plant species, and over 35 species of mammals; including the rare Cape mountain zebra.

Bushmans Kloof offers guests the ability to experience natural Africa in 5-star style. Be at one with nature at this retreat; with awe-inspiring wildlife and reserve activities, a multitude of dining experiences, and of course; caring service with warm smiles at every turn.

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve Accommodation

Bushmans Kloof has 14 x spacious rooms, two suites, and two villas set amid lush indigenous gardens. Individually decorated with a beautiful collection of handpicked art, décor, antiques, and heritage furniture pieces; that together celebrate the history and culture of the region. Private terraces deliver panoramic wilderness views; while Bushmans Kloof’s dedication to generous hospitality; ensures your stay will be filled with delightful surprises and thoughtful touches.

Bushmans Kloof Main Lodge

Main Lodge Rooms and Rates

16 x luxurious and indulgently comfortable guest rooms and suites accommodate up to 38 guests; offering breathtaking views across the indigenous gardens. Individually decorated in light colors with natural fabrics and traditional furnishings. All offer private patios and en-suite bathrooms.

Luxury Rooms

Set overlooking lush indigenous gardens, the 7 x Luxury Rooms with a private terrace and ensuite bathrooms; deliver wonderful views out over the reserve and one of the nearby swimming pools.

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Retreat Luxury Room
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Retreat Luxury Room

Maximum Occupancy: 2 x Adults or 1 x Adult and 1 x Child over 8 years old

Approximate room size: 27m² / 291ft²

Deluxe Room

The 7 x Deluxe Rooms at Bushmans Kloof offer inimitable luxury and charm amid the wilderness of the Cederberg Mountains. Comfortable private lounge areas offer additional personal space for relaxing between activities in the reserve; while spacious terraces overlook the landscaped lodge gardens. Selected rooms also offer cozy fireplaces for wintery evenings.

Maximum Occupancy: 2 x Adults or 1 x Adult and 1 x Child over 8 years old

Approximate room size: 57m² / 613ft²

Accommodation at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Retreat
Bushmans Kloof Deluxe Room Accommodation

Niven Family Deluxe Room

The perfect choice for families requiring more space, this expansive Deluxe Room includes a master bedroom with a king-size bed; and a second bedroom with either two x single beds or a double bed. Both of them enjoy their own ensuite bathroom. A beautiful private terrace offers a serene space for relaxing al fresco.

Maximum Occupancy: 4 x Adults or 2 x Adults with 2 x children over 8 years old

Approximate room size: 57m² / 613ft²

Paterson Suite

The Paterson Suite is located in the original Manor House, a lovingly restored farmhouse dating back to 1843. Warm your toes by the fire, or gaze out at breath-taking terrace views of the river and mountains. The suite features a king-size bed, separate lounge area, large private patio and an en suite, designer bathroom, and heated towel rails.

Maximum Occupancy: 2 x Adults or 1 x Adult and 1 x Child over 8 years old

Approximate room size: 71m² / 766ft²

River Side Supreme Suite

The River Side Supreme Suite is a magical and secluded haven on the banks of the babbling Boontjies River. It encompasses all that is unique and special about Bushmans Kloof, embracing the timeless beauty of the heart of the Cederberg. This intimate and elegant suite features a separate lounge with a welcoming fireplace, large terrace, outdoor shower, and its own heated swimming pool. Ideal for a romantic escape, a special occasion or to simply enjoy the pampering and peace of this gentle retreat. The suite is surrounded by the breathtaking natural beauty of wind-sculpted, jagged rock formations, crystal rock pools, and lush green lawns. The contemporary-classical interior is simultaneously luxurious and fresh, enhanced by refined earth tones and offset with wood and stone finishes.

Maximum Occupancy: 2 x Adults or 1 x Adult and 1 x Child over 8 years old

Approximate room size: 68m² / 731ft²

Bushmans Kloof Main Lodge Accommodation Rates

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve operates on the best available rates, therefore; rates fluctuate according to demand. Let us know your dates, and we’ll find the best rates for you. Use the below as an indication only.

Indicative Rates in South African Rands6th January to 30th April 2022 and 1st September until 19th December 20221st May to 31st August 202220th December 2022 to 5th January 2023
SingleDoubleSingleDoubleSingleDouble
Luxury Room11 80016 7507 0109 63514 41018 405
Deluxe Room18 20525 32510 06514 37518 05527 185
Paterson Suite21 32028 71511 43016 19021 65531 160
River Side Supreme Suite32 35518 69034 485
Niven Family Deluxe Room – Use the Deluxe Double Room Rate and add the appropriate supplement for the third and fourth person in the room7 070 per adult or 2 255 per child4 030 per adult or 1 300 per child7 700 per adult or 2 270 per child

Bushmans Kloof Main Lodge Accommodation Rates Include / Exclude:

Luxurious accommodation
All meals (full English breakfast, light lunch, high tea, and dinner)
A variety of enriching and exhilarating lodge activities
Complimentary WiFi and a welcome drink
Laundry and Valet included for Suite and River Side Supreme Suite only.

The Main Lodge Accommodation Rates Exclude:
All Beverages, spa treatments, telephone, facsimile, laundry and valet (luxury and deluxe rooms), specialized dining options, lunch on departure, Trading Post purchases, gratuities, air, and road transfers.

Koro Lodge Accommodation and Rates

Koro Lodge - Exclusive Use Villa

Approximately 2 kilometers from the main lodge, and within easy walking distance of one of the main dams; is Koro Lodge, a completely private villa. A special fun-filled children’s program is offered to entertain and stimulate; in addition to the exciting outdoor family or group activities; such as mountain biking, canoeing (equipped with life jackets), hiking, star gazing, and swimming in rock pools and waterfalls.

There are two master bedrooms featuring four-poster king size beds and separate en-suite bathrooms; one of them also offers a spacious outdoor shower.

A cleverly designed loft area, upstairs from the main living area, comfortably accommodates 4 children of all ages, allowing them to sleep, rest and play in private, yet within close proximity to their parents.

Independent but within meters from the main villa, is a fun, and practically furnished family living space that can also sleep 2 x teenagers or adults, complete with an en-suite bathroom. It is fully equipped to entertain with a TV, games, DVDs, independent cable channels, underfloor heating, and air conditioning.

The wide wrap-around terrace is ideal for al fresco dinners and relaxing afternoons spent reconnecting with friends and family, while the private heated rim-flow pool overlooks a secure garden landscaped with indigenous flora. Stays at Koro Lodge are fully inclusive, with a dedicated chef, lodge host, and wilderness guide on hand to help you create a bespoke family holiday.

It is ideally suited to families and friends traveling together. This villa welcomes children of all ages and can host up to 6 x adults and 4 x children.

Koro Lodge - private villa
Bushmans Kloof Koro Lodge

Koro Lodge Rates

Bushmans Kloof operates on the best available rates, therefore; they fluctuate according to demand. Let us know your dates, and we’ll find the best rates for you. Use the below as an indication only.

Indicative Rates in South African Rands for Koro Lodge Private Villa (up to 6 people)*6th January until 30th April 2022 and 1st September until 19th December 20221st May until 31st August 202220th December 2022 until 5th January 2023
43 92031 35055 285

* Koro Lodge can sleep 6 adults and 4 children. The rate above is for up to 6 people. A supplement applies for additional guests.

Koro Lodge Accommodation Rates Include / Exclude:

All of the Main Lodge inclusions plus
All Beverages – local spirits, mixers, fruit juice, cool drinks, beer, selection of wine, and sparkling wine.
Private Host, Chef, and Guide allocated for the duration of stay.
Laundry and Valet included.

Koro Lodge Accommodation Rates Exclude:
Premium drinks and wines, spa treatments, telephone, facsimile, specialized dining options, lunch on departure, Trading Post purchases, gratuities, air, and road transfers.

Cederberg House Accommodation and Rates

Cederberg House - Exclusive Use Villa

Inspired by the timeless design of Cape Dutch architecture; Cederberg House overlooks the tranquil banks of the Boontjies River, therefore; guests get an exclusive window to the wilderness and beyond. In addition, the house features a private guide to explore the magical wilderness of Bushmans Kloof; thus making it ideal for families and groups of friends.

Cederberg House offers two richly decorated bedroom suites, featuring en-suite bathrooms stocked with signature amenities, and indulgent outdoor showers. A wide outside terrace wraps around the villa, offering large outdoor living space for al fresco dining. The private heated rim-flow pool gazes out over landscaped indigenous gardens to the rugged Cederberg Mountains beyond.

Cederberg House - private villa
Cederberg House – a private villa at Bushmans Kloof

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve operates on the best available rates, therefore; they fluctuate according to demand. Let us know your dates, and we’ll find the best rates for you. Use the below as an indication only.

Indicative Rates in South African Rands at Cederberg House (for up to 4 people)6th January until 30th April 2022 and 1st September until 19th December 20221st May until 31st August 202220th December 2022 until 5th January 2023
44 36531 98056 390

Cederberg House Accommodation Rates Include / Exclude:

All of the Main Lodge inclusions plus
A private guide during your stay.
Selected local wines and spirits, all soft drinks, tea, coffee, and water.
Laundry and Valet included.

Cederberg House Accommodation Rates Exclude:
Premium drinks and wines, spa treatments, telephone, facsimile, specialized dining options, lunch on departure, Trading Post purchases, gratuities, air, and road transfers.

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve Cuisine

Lauded for its award-winning wine list and authentic Cape cuisine, Bushmans Kloof offers an extraordinary dining experience; with a taste profusion of healthy, homestyle comfort food served at any of the spectacular dining venues. These include cozy fireside dining in the Homestead or Makana; picnics in the fynbos amidst soaring rock formations and cascading waterfalls, and barbeques at Embers under magical starry skies. Private or ‘extraordinary dining’ options are at an additional cost.

Embers Restaurant at Bushmans Kloof
Embers Restaurant at Bushmans Kloof

The decadent High Tea is every afternoon either at Makana; or on the Manor House deck beneath the broad boughs of towering Wild Fig trees. Guests are able to choose their favorites, which arrive elegantly plated at the table. The ever-changing menu of teatime treats includes an array of sweet and savory options.

Things to do

Bushmans Kloof Activities

Bushmans Kloof is a place of natural wonder where guests may indulge in an infinite range of exhilarating activities; or do absolutely nothing but inhale the beauty and tranquillity of nature.

Guests may also participate in an assortment of outdoor activities that are included in the nightly rate; such as nature drives, botanical walks, mountain biking, canoeing, archery, and fly fishing. After all; Bushman’s Kloof is both predator and malaria-free. Although the Cape Mountain Leopards have been recorded on the reserve; these shy predators are rarely seen; therefore allowing guests to independently discover this pristine mountain landscape in complete safety and at your leisure.

Mountain Biking in the Cederberg
Mountain Biking in the Cederberg

The dramatic mountains and ever-shifting light across the landscape; make it ideal for a painting retreat or use the solitude and silence; to inspire your own words down on paper. The reserve is equally a paradise for photographers, the rugged sandstone ridges set aflame by the setting sun each evening.

Find inspiration in the well-stocked library; or gain a deeper connection to nature with a wander through the landscaped gardens of indigenous fynbos; and the bountiful orchards within the Walled Garden.

Discover the area of Cederberg and visit a unique winery at Cederberg Private Cellar.

Game Drives

As the sun sets over vast African landscapes, casting hues of orange, purple, red, and gold across the sky; explore the magnificence of this beautiful reserve on a guided nature drive. Look out for some of the 36 x indigenous game species; such as the rare and endangered Cape Mountain Zebra; as well as Bontebok, Gemsbok, Eland, Black Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Grey Rhebok, Caracal, and others. Then unwind with sublime sundowners in a spectacular setting in the heart of nature. Remember to bring a hat, sunscreen, binoculars, sweater or jacket, and camera.

Bushmans Kloof Nature Drive
Bushmans Kloof Nature Drive

Discover the exhilaration of a drive after dinner through the reserve under a canopy of darkness; illuminated by a multitude of stars. Enjoy exceptional stargazing and spot nocturnal animals; such as the elusive Aardwolf, African Wildcat, Bat Eared Fox, Cape Fox, and Porcupine.

Bushman Rock Art and Culture

Adventure through open plains and ancient sandstone formations, including over 130 sites of rock art paintings; some dating back as far as 10,000 years. In addition; the Bushmans Kloof Heritage Centre features a unique collection of artifacts, reference works, and photography; documenting the culture and history of the San people. This provides an extraordinary opportunity to gain deeper insight into the fascinating history of the Bushman; in the Cederberg wilderness area.

Rock Art
Rock Art

The World of Fynbos

Learn to identify some of the 750 indigenous fynbos species found in the reserve. Find out about their fascinating health benefits and how the Bushman used them in their daily life. Take your own cuttings; which can be used in the fynbos dinner; that awaits you at the end of your day.

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve Spa

The intimate Spa provides a welcome sanctuary with an inspiring holistic healing and wellness focus; deeply rooted in nature, offering solace for body, mind, and spirit. Renew your health and let nature heal you with restorative treatments at the newly transformed Spa; or the breathtaking riverside Spa Gazebo with panoramic views across the neverending landscape.

Bushmans Kloof Riverside Spa Gazebo
Riverside Spa Gazebo

Romance at Bushmans Kloof

The remoteness at Bushmans Kloof make it a special place for honeymooners but we also do weddings at Bushmans Kloof; a perfect choice for a destination wedding in South Africa

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve Promotional Offers

STAY 4, PAY 3 OFFER

Stay for four nights and only pay for three

VALUE ADD: When staying in a Deluxe Room or higher category room type; enjoy a Kadoro dinner for 2 once during your stay.

Valid from 6th January 2022 until 19th December 2022

STAY 3, PAY 2 OFFER

Valid from the 1st May 2022 until 30th September 2022

Stay for three nights and only pay for two

The above special offers at Bushmans Kloof are:
Applicable to all room types including Cederberg House and Koro Lodge
Offer is accumulative and not combinable with other promotions, or packages at Bushmans Kloof
The offers are subject to availability and may be blocked out over peak periods.

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