Drive north for a couple of hours from Cape Town, passing winelands and then up and over the Piekenierskloof Pass, twisting and turning down towards the town of Citrusdal alongside the Olifants River, you enter the Cederberg foothills. The mountains loom over you to the east, providing an unbroken chain from north to south, presenting a barrier to the country’s interior.
For centuries this mountain fastness was the stronghold of numerous Koi and San tribes – the oldest culture on earth – and to this day, their artwork and dreamscapes adorn caves across the whole range of mountains. One can almost hear their whispers on the wind, reminding us of a forgotten time in our own ancestry.
Cradled by these same mountains, Bushmans Kloof offers a unique wilderness escape in South Africa. This family-owned lodge and ecological oasis is set within a 7500-hectare private reserve, and offers five-star luxury accommodation and inspired South African cuisine. The grandeur of nature is all around you here, and unforgettable days can be spent discovering the wide-open plains, the specialised mountain wildlife and the pristine mountain landscapes. Bushmans Kloof has access to more than 130 ancient rock art sites, some dating back as far as 10,000 years, and visitors can enjoy the unique opportunity of discovering the region’s ancient San culture in the company of experienced local guides.
Bushmans Kloof boasts 16 rooms & suites, plus two fully catered private villas, and during the hot summer months, four separate swimming pools will ensure you main cool and refreshed on even the warmest of days.
Each of the suites and private villas have been individually decorated to offer a one-of-a-kind luxury experience in the Cederberg wilderness. In each room, and throughout the communal lodge spaces, the bespoke collection of art, décor, antiques and heritage furniture pieces has been handpicked to celebrate the history and culture of the region. The beauty doesn’t end when you step in from the wilderness.
Bushmans Kloof is easily accessible from Cape Town, and offers an ideal way to relax at the end or beginning of a safari trip to Africa. Spend some time in the bush, then in the Mother City of Cape Town, and then just over the mountains is the gorgeous paradise of Bushmans Kloof, waiting for you.
You won’t want to leave.