Bushmans Kloof – Cederberg, Western Cape
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve is a luxurious wilderness getaway where you can escape, restore and relax. Nestled in the foothills of the craggy Cederberg Mountains some 270 km north of Cape Town, this retreat offers a malaria and predator free experience.
As a custodian to ancient rock art sites adorned with San /Bushmen paintings, and a safe haven for wild life and indigenous plants, it’s a stylish refuge that encapsulate the magic of these African treasures.
Sixteen en-suite rooms with private patios are artfully spaced between landscaped gardens, swimming pools, a heritage centre, homestead, manor house, library, spa, indoor and outdoor dining venues, a stone boma (enclosed space) and a walled herb and vegetable garden.
To experience the best of this magical wilderness reserve you are invited to combine a variety of activities such as guided rock art walks, nature drives, spectacular wildflower spring trails (July – October), mountain biking and fly fishing. Or simply enjoy the natural pools and waterfalls, abundant bird life (150 species recorded) and wildlife such as the largest private herd of Cape Mountain zebra, magnificent bontebok, red hartebeest, grey rhebok, ostriches, caracal and endangered leopard.
As well as being a seasonal botanical showcase, it’s a perennial culinary showcase where chef Floris Smith conjures up specialities with local delicacies such as rooibos (which only grows in this area), and recreates recipes from renowned local foodie and writer C.Louis Leipold, while selecting the freshest of his garden produce to delight your palate. And as a wine showcase, it has won the coveted Diners Club International Wine List of the Year for a number of years.
This multiple award-winning Relais & Châteaux property is a one of a kind natural playground for those who want to reconnect with themselves and the essence of life, with its wide open plains, mystical rock formations, magical rock art paintings and an abundance of flora and fauna.