Rebirth of a long forgotten land . . .
Under watchful African skies, rugged and yet graceful, a land once the very cradle of humankind has been rediscovered and brought to life . . . Bushmans Kloof, the heartbeat of an African wilderness . . . the rebirth of a long forgotten land. Immense open plains, deep ravines, spectacular waterfalls and prehistoric rock formations characterise this ecological oasis, nestled between the majestic mountains of the Cederberg and the vast plains of the Great Karoo. 270 Kilometres north of Cape Town, unique and unspoilt, this once hunting ground of the intrepid San, is home to an incredible variety of wildlife and plant species, and is a premier spring flower destination.
Since 1992, Bushmans Kloof has embodied the rebirth and development of this sanctuary, with a mission to create a thriving wilderness which nurtures its indigenous life, protects its history and secures its future.
Bushmans Kloof is a privately owned wilderness reserve and is world renowned for its 130 rock art sites. In recognition of its rich cultural, historical and environmental significance, Bushmans Kloof has been declared a South African Natural Heritage site.
7 Luxury Rooms - All with private patio and bathroom en-suite. Waters Edge 1 & 2, River Reeds 1 & 2, Karoo Plains 1,2 & 3
6 Deluxe Rooms - All with large private patio, bathroom en-suite with heated towel rails, lounge area within bedroom and some with fireplaces. Cedar Falls 1 & 2, Rock Pools 1 & 2, Gordon and Masson.
2 Suites - All with large private patio, bathroom en-suite with heated towel railis and separate lounge area and some with fireplaces. Paterson, Niven
1 Supreme Suite called
Riverside Supreme Suite.
All rooms and suites have mini-bars, private terraces with mountain and river views. Check in at 14:00. Afternoon tea is served at 16:30 and game drive departs at 17:00. Check out at 12:00 (After rock art excursion and buffet brunch)
Two lounges with fireplaces, one with satellite TV, library, Spa, bar, wine cellar, Trading Post Gift Shop, dining room and outdoor dining terrace.
Other dining options include "Makana" outdoor dining facility with lounge and dining area that offers spectacular views overlooking the Boontjies River, as well as "Embers", a wonderful new addition to the dining experience.
"Embers" is situated in a natural ancient sandstone amphitheatre of giant boulders which overlooks dramatic cliffs and valleys.
Other facilities include four swimming pools, rolling lawns and a walled herb, fruit, flower and vegetable garden.
Conference facilities on request.
The Spa at Bushmans Kloof offers an extensive selection of body and beauty treatments.
Fax, photocopying and postal services, guest email facility in the library, car valet, undercover parking, room service. (Regret no mobile phone reception)
Daily guided rock art excursions, botanical tours, game viewing and sunset game drives in open game viewing vehicles with refreshments. Bird watching, nature trails, mountain hikes, river walks, canoeing, archery, mountain biking, croquet and swimming in crystal clear natural rock pools.
Perfect environment for painting, fly-fishing, photography, stargazing, picnics, reading and studying the history of the San and their famous rock art and lectures in the heritage centre.
Abseiling, fly-fishing on a catch and release basis (Clanwilliam yellowfish) or a visit with private guide to Wupperthal, the historic Moravian Mission Station where leather goods are hand crafted.
The People of Bushmans Kloof
Bushmans Kloof has new management. The lodge is managed by Nelson and Jannis Rodrigues. They oversee a staff component of 88, which guarantees guests a staff of more than 2 staff members per guest. Jill Wagner, Marketing and Sales Manager for Bushmans Kloof, manages the Cape Town Sales and Reservations office.
BUSHMANS KLOOF IS MALARIA FREE
By road: three and a half hours' scenic drive from Cape Town (270km). Transfers on request from Cape Town and Clanwilliam via the Pakhuis Pass (34km).
By air: Fly-in Safaris available (fixed wing or helicopter)
Private airstrip: 1200 m, gravel surface - 20 min transfer to lodge
Approximately 60 minutes' flying time from Cape Town International Airport
Distance 117.6 NM, S: 32 02 00 / E: 19 0232
The road to Bushmans Kloof passes through some of South Africa's most beautiful, yet least explored countryside. Rolling wheatfields and wide vistas sweep over the rich, black soil of the Swartland. Lush green citrus groves line the route past Citrusdal. At Clanwilliam, the tarred road ends and the real adventure begins. The climb over the Pakhuis Pass winds through gargantuan clusters of mottled orange boulders - a giants playground of weird shapes and forms that lead to the entrance to Bushmans Kloof.