South Africa's best wilderness and culinary retreat


Facilities & services

  • Main Lodge
  • Koro Lodge (private villa)


  • Stargazing
  • Nature drive at sunset
  • Rock painting excursion at dawn
  • Walking trails through mountains, ravines, and crystal pools
  • Nature hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Birdwatching
  • Canoeing
  • Swimming in natural pools and waterfalls
  • Fly fishing
  • Archery
  • Croquet
  • Archaeology and anthropology expeditions
  • Heritage talks and lectures
  • Culinary excursions
  • Cultural trips to local wineries, missionaries, anglo-boer war monuments, rivers, bays and tea factories
  • Yoga

This 7,500-hectare private reserve just 270km north of Cape Town in the Western Cape and in the shadow of the Cederberg Mountains, Bushmans Kloof is a relaxed, convenient and scenically-striking alternative to the big game reserves of the north.

Waterfalls, large open plains carpeted in blooming flowers and fynbos, and a captivating landscape characterised by ancient rock formations are all what makes this reserve one you could explore and marvel at day after day, particularly with the myriad of activities available here. Furthermore as per its name and a declared South African Natural Heritage Site you’ll find about 130 San Rock paintings throughout this reserve; ideal for enthusiasts of anthropology.

Malaria-free and with no large predators, Bushmans Kloof is a good option for families and in terms of wildlife the reserve protects one of the largest private herds of Cape Mountain Zebra in the world plus bontebok, cape leopard, red hartebeest, grey rhebok, ostrich, bat-eared fox, african wildcat, caracal, aardwolf, cape clawless otter, baboon, aardvark and 150 species of bird.

There are two accommodation options in the reserve, the Main Lodge, and the private Koro Lodge.

Positive Impact

18,000 acres of research

Bushman’s Kloof sits within an 18,000 acre wildlife research reserve, so it plays a pivotal role in many conservation projects. It has been crucial in the success of reintroducing the critically endangered Clanwilliam cedar trees into the area, by growing saplings in its nursery and hosting an annual tree-planting event.

Zebras and yellowfish, more than just a lodge

Conservationists based in the Lodge are actively monitoring the reproductive success of the vulnerable Cape mountain zebra. They are also putting measures in place that encourage spawning in Clanwilliam yellowfish, which are vulnerable due to overfishing in the area.

Protecting historic surroundings

The lodge serves as a steward for more than 130 cave sites painted by the indigenous San people, and they actively work to ensure that these expressive murals will tell the story of the land’s original inhabitants for generations to come. These preservation efforts have helped the Rock Art earn distinction as a South African National Heritage Site.

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