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.
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.
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