Fodor's Expert Review Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat

Off Pakhuis Pass, Clanwilliam, Western Cape, 8135, South Africa Fodor's Choice

It's no surprise that Bushmans Kloof garners awards each year—the lodge is in an area of rich cultural significance and a South African National Heritage site, and if you spend some time here, you're unlikely to want to leave. The stark beauty of the mountains, the incredible rock formations, and the waterfalls, pools, and potholes probably were as attractive to the San of long ago as they are to visitors today. More than 130 San rock-art locations can be seen on a tour with a trained guide, and you can also go hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and canoeing. The flowers in August and September cover the fields in an explosion of color. Only game endemic to the area has been reintroduced, including wildebeest, Cape mountain zebra, eland, genet, mongoose, blesbok, brown hyena, and the endangered bontebok. Freestanding thatch double cottages have all the modern conveniences, and the luxurious suites in the manor house are spacious and stylish. The food is exceptional, including the legendary springbok loin. The attention to detail is astonishing: an artist's sketchbook and paints in your room and an African tale for a good-night story at your bedside. Koro Lodge is the property's only unit that allows children under 8; it caters to families, sleeps 10, and has children's programs (ages 3–12). The spa is a lovely retreat.


  • you can fly in to the reserve from Cape Town, which takes about an hour
  • many outdoor activities on offer
  • stunning rock art on the property
  • Western Cape is malaria-free, unlike other parts of the country with wildlife lodges


  • no small kids allowed at the lodge
  • very expensive




Phones: 027-482–8200


16 rooms
Rate Includes: All meals

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