Nestled in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains lies an ecological oasis within a roughly hewn and magical land which offers a distinctive wilderness experience among open plains and ancient sandstone formations, including over 130 sites of bush art paintings, some dating back as far as 10,000 years.
Bushmans Kloof is a multi award-winning lodge, consisting of 16 luxurious guest rooms and suites, as well as Koro Lodge, a private, fully-catered villa close to the main lodge.
The surroundings are therapy in themselves, but The Spa is the focus of the abundant natural healing energy one experiences at Bushmans Kloof.
It’s a peaceful sanctuary where one can surrender to the ancient mystical powers of the African landscape, rejuvenate all your senses, replenish your spirit and achieve deep inner peace and harmony. The staff are dedicated to restoring beauty and balance through individual treatments and Spa journeys, personalised for each of the guests by exceptionally skilled therapists. The commitment to wellbeing focuses on holistic principles, combining ancient wisdom with modern expertise.
Spa treatment menu offers an extensive variety of health and beauty enhancing treatments to ensure that the guests are nurtured, purified, pampered and relaxed.
Spa Facilities And Services
- 4 Treatment Rooms - for dual and single treatments.
- The Crystal Steam Room - with rock quartz crystal, known for its healing properties, is maintained at a temperature of 42 - 45 ºC with moist aromatic heat, heated floors and seats.
- The Tranquillity Lounge - to relax in between and after all spa treatments with lounge chairs, music, books or to meditate.
- Health Bar - with homemade healthy snacks and freshly brewed Rooibos tea to enjoy between treatments.
- The Riverside Gazebo - a unique dual treatment room with exceptional panoramic views beside tranquil waters. An outdoor spa experience where you can be truly at one with the natural environment.
- Rain showers - private changing areas, secure lockers, fresh towels, slippers, gowns.
- Fitness Centre - with a full range of cardio and resistance equipment.
- Heated Outdoor Pool - surrounded by spectacular views.
- Wellbeing Activities - include Yoga mats in all rooms, mountain biking, canoeing, hiking and walking trails in the reserve.
Wellbeing is a state of mind, body and spirit - at Bushmans Kloof you are invited to indulge in the renewal of all three. Whether you would like to explore your adventurous nature, unwind your body or soothe your soul, you'll be offered an activity to match your requirement. To experience the best of this magical wilderness reserve and wellness retreat, you are invited to combine a variety of activities with relaxation. An extensive selection of quality activities and wellness services await you.
Rock Art & Heritage
Bushmans Kloof is the custodian of over 130 unique rock art sites, some as old as 10,000 years. The sites on the reserve may be viewed by guests, archaeologists and researchers. Since its founding, Bushmans Kloof has been dedicated to protecting this extraordinary treasure. Accordingly, we have been awarded the status of a South African National Heritage Site.
In 2004, the Bushmans Kloof Heritage Centre was opened, featuring an extraordinary collection of priceless artefacts, jewellery, dancing sticks, hunting kits, musical instruments, digging sticks and magical paraphernalia. The centre is a wonderful source of insight into the lives and culture of the ancient Bushman people.
Hike & Bike
The best possible way to get up-close-and-personal with the fynbos, animals, flowers and rock formations is to enter the wilderness on two feet or two wheels. You can certainly take it easy on one of our undemanding trails, or challenge your endurance and balance on rougher terrain across the reserve; an experience of solitude and adventure. They provide backpacks filled with delicious goodies, maps and other useful items. Guides are also available on request.
Canoeing & Swimming
Tributaries of the Olifants River system flow through the Bushmans Kloof reserve, cutting through the sandstone and creating crystal-clear pools. Canoes are available at the dam, where you can experience the calm waters and ancient rock formations under the high, wide, African sky.
Enjoy the art of fly-fishing at Bushmans Kloof’s beautiful dams. Outwit the endemic Clanwilliam Yellowfish, though strictly on a catch-and-release basis. All fishing equipment is provided. Guests may also opt to journey out on a day excursion to the Biedouw River for fishing and fun.
Archery & Croquet
Practice your skills as a bowman with archery equipment available from the lodge. An ancient art and a hugely enjoyable recreational activity. Alternatively, put your hand to the genteel pastime of croquet on immaculate lawns near the lodge. Perfect for a group of friends and family on a long afternoon at Bushmans Kloof.
Nature & Wildlife
Here at Bushmans Kloof, they know that a deep and ancient pulse of life connects the earth and the plants and animals that thrive here. Spectacular location and exceptional conservation efforts ensure a nature and wildlife getaway unlike any other.
The World of Fynbos
The Cape Floral Kingdom (of which fynbos makes up over 80%) is the smallest of all plant kingdoms and yet has the highest concentration of species in the world. The area sees 1,300 plant species per 10,000 km². To put that into perspective, the Amazon rainforest (fynbos’ closest rival) has a concentration of only 400 species per 10,000 km².
Nature Drives & Walks
Guides are available to take you on walking tours or drives of our spectacular nature reserve. Explore the wilderness in all its diversity. Enjoy ever-changing landscapes and some of the Cape’s most rare species that we pride ourselves in protecting. Sundowners and picnics are ever-popular, served at scenic spots throughout the drive.
In this extraordinary environment, there is much to be seen (and heard) after sunset. You may want to explore this dark world on an after-dinner drive under a canopy of stars. Enjoy unparalleled stargazing and spot elusive, nocturnal wildlife highlights such as the Aardwolf, African Wildcat, Bat Eared Fox, Cape Fox and Porcupine.
Organic Garden Tours
For gardeners, gastronomes and plant lovers, take a tour of marvellous organic gardens. Abundant fruit trees, herbs and vegetables are grown seasonally and under scrupulous sustainable farming practices. The kitchen gardens are augmented by Bushman gardens of indigenous species. Learn about the culinary and medicinal uses for these rare and unique treasures.
The natural botanical richness of Bushmans Kloof includes more than 755 indigenous plant species. These plant species are representative of three major vegetation types namely: Fynbos, Forest and Karoo biomes.
Bird life & Bird Watching
Avid birdwatchers will find themselves in a paradise of twittering, feathered creatures. Novice birders will enjoy the easy gratification of spotting many wonderful bird species on nature drives or from the comfort of the lodge or your own patio.
A huge diversity of birdlife is thriving once more, with 150 species from the great African Fish eagle to the jewel-like Sunbird. Keen birders may even spot a Black Harrier. A number of dams have been established around the lodge, and have been successful in attracting resident waterfowl.
Wildlife on the Reserve
Bushmans Kloof is a malaria and predator free area, ensuring guests are safe to experience wildlife and herds. Only the rare and secretive Cape Leopard roams the most remote of the mountains.
Bushmans Kloof today protects one of the largest private herds of Cape Mountain Zebra in the world, an animal saved from the brink of extinction. The Cape Mountain Zebra is identified by its bold black and white stripes, as opposed to its savannah-dwelling cousin, the Burchell's Zebra, which has brown 'shadow' stripes, and a creamy undercoat.
The wildlife reintroduction programme has also seen the return of the magnificent Bontebok, Red Hartebeest, Grey Rhebok and the Ostrich.
Smaller creatures such as the Bat-Eared Fox, African Wildcat, Cape Fox, Caracal (African Lynx), Cape Clawless Otter, Baboon, Rock Hyrax (Dassie), Klipspringer, Aardwolf and Aardvark also roam the plains and rocky outcrops of the reserve.