Bushmans Kloof Reserve
Nestled in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains lies Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve. A South African Natural Heritage Site, Bushmans Kloof is custodian of over 130 ancient Bushman rock art sites in the reserve and located in the protected Cape Floral Kingdom.
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve Highlights
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve is situated at the foot of the Cederberg Mountains, only 270km from Cape Town. It offers the perfect getaway in a malaria-free reserve ideal for guests wanting to relax and unwind in the beauty of nature. Guests shouldn't expect to see big game or predators on the reserve, however there is an array of small mammals and plains game.
The reserve consists of wide open plains, beautiful rock formations, crystal clear waterfalls, as well as an abundance of flora and fauna. This is also one of the primary areas to visit to see the old Bushman rock paintings that have been preserved in certain areas of the reserve. A magnitude of history and ancient culture is held here offering unique value and interest.
There are over 750 plant species that occur in this diverse area, including 3 different ecological biomes, which provides astounding natural variation. In the spring time, the Cape wildflowers are in full display, while the end of summer brings the lilies into bloom. This is also where the indigenous Rooibos tea plant is grown.
Touring the organic garden is a wonder to behold, in this diversely vegetated region. The fruit trees, herb and vegetable gardens are sustainably grown and seasonally harvested to feed the lodge kitchen.
Predators do not feature on the reserve in notable quantities, aside from the small mammals that feed on insects and rodents, but there is the chance of seeing the rare Cape leopard. This spotted big cat is elusive and difficult to spot, but a lucky sighting is rewarding and indeed, very special.
Some of the most outstanding rock art sites in existence are found at Bushmans Kloof. Daily excursions to these heritage sites offer guests a scenic drive through the reserve and a short hike in order to get to the location of the ancient paintings.
There are luxurious spa packages, as well as action-packed adventure activities on offer at Bushmans Kloof, adding to the endless sources of entertainment in this secluded Western Cape hideaway.
This ecologically diverse part of the Western Cape offers incredible landscapes, natural beauty, rare and wonderful wildlife, birdlife, indigenous plants and some of the country's oldest and most treasured rock art sites. Bushmans Kloof encompasses it all:
Go and explore some the most ancient heritage sites for mankind in the world. There are various spots around Bushmans Kloof that have been preserved and hold unmatched value.
Go and walk through the explosion of colourful blooms that crop up over every surface after the winter rains. The Cape wildflower display is one of the most sought after natural scenes each year.
Go and enjoy some incredible food at the Bushmans Kloof restaurant, which has been celebrated for its sustainable produce use and culinary excellence. A selection of only the best wines add to the taste experience.
How to Get There
Bushmans Kloof is located in the west of the Western Cape province, in between the towns of Clanwilliam, Citrusdal and Wuppertal, entering the Great Karoo region. This is a stunning country to drive, and a road trip would lead guests through beautiful mountain ranges and farm land; however, to work with faster-paced itineraries, we recommend using air transfers.
Sun Safaris will arrange flights for guests from Cape Town International Airport to Bushman Kloof's private airstrip. This transfer will only take an hour and upon arrival, guests will be met by their hosts at Bushmans Kloof and driven the last leg to the lodge.
For guests taking the scenic route after enjoying some time in the Mother City, Cape Town, Sun Safaris will organise a rental car, map and directions to Bushmans Kloof via the beautiful Pakhuis Pass. The drive is along very good roads and a regular, sedan car will suffice. Alternatively, road transfers can be arranged and guests will be picked up in Cape Town and dropped off at Bushman's Kloof after a 3 hour drive.
Bushmans Kloof Game Viewing and Activities
Bushmans Kloof protects a large herd of Cape Mountain Zebra, said to be one of the greatest strongholds in the world for this species. The Cape Mountain Zebra, identified by its bold black and white stripes, has been brought back from the brink of extinction, and is defined from its more common savannah-dwelling cousin, the Burchell's zebra, which has brown 'shadow stripes'.
Bushmans Kloof protects a variety of rare and elusive species, which, due to the level of poaching and loss of habitat in much of Southern Africa, have plummeted elsewhere. These specialised species are a treat to see, especially due to their shy, nocturnal existence. Aardwolf, African wildcat, bat-eared fox, Cape fox and porcupine are among these rare creatures.
Game drives and walks are always on offer to guests at Bushmans Kloof, taking them on tours with stunning landscapes, beautiful plant life and an amazing variety of bird and animal species. For a cultural balance, the heritage centre and rock art excursions come highly recommended.
Enjoy a spectacular and exclusive break in the Cape Winelands staying at 5 Star lodges nestled at the foot of the mountains. Taste wine, indulge your taste buds in the gourmet capital of Franschhoek and soak up the luxury of this perfectly elite Cape Winelands itinerary.
The Whale Route
At the southern tip of Africa, where two of the world's greatest oceans converge, a total experience of land, sea and the rainbow culture of the Western Cape presents The Whale Route, which starts along the south of Cape Town and extends to Durban. The route traverses several famous protected areas, including the Garden Route, Tsitsikamma National Park, and the Transkei. The Route is most famous for encounters with southern right whales, humpback whales, and several coastal dolphin species. You can also see African penguins, Cape fur seals, black oystercatcher birds and a variety of other marine life.