Bushmans Kloof

Just 270 Kilometres north of Cape Town, unique and unspoilt, this once hunting ground of the intrepid San, is home to an incredible variety of wildlife and plant species, and is a premier spring flower destination. Since 1992, Bushmans Kloof has embodied the rebirth and development of this sanctuary, with a mission to protect its history and secure its future.


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Under watchful African skies, rugged and yet graceful, a land once the very cradle of humankind has been rediscovered and brought to life . . . Bushmans Kloof.

Immense open plains, deep ravines, spectacular waterfalls and prehistoric rock formations characterise this ecological oasis, nestled between the majestic mountains of the Cederberg and the vast plains of the Great Karoo. 270 Kilometres north of Cape Town, unique and unspoilt, this once hunting ground of the intrepid San, is home to an incredible variety of wildlife and plant species, and is a premier spring flower destination. Since 1992, Bushmans Kloof has embodied the rebirth and development of this sanctuary, with a mission to create a thriving wilderness which nurtures its indigenous life, protects its history and secures its future.

Bushmans Kloof is a privately owned wilderness reserve and is world renowned for its 130 rock art sites. In recognition of its rich cultural, historical and environmental significance, Bushmans Kloof has been declared a South African Natural Heritage site.

Accomodation: 7 Luxury Rooms - All with private patio and bathroom en-suite. Waters Edge 1 & 2, River Reeds 1 & 2, Karoo Plains 1,2 & 3 6 Deluxe Rooms - All with large private patio, bathroom en-suite with heated towel rails, lounge area within bedroom and some with fireplaces. Cedar Falls 1 & 2, Rock Pools 1 & 2, Gordon and Masson. 3 Suites - All with large private patio, bathroom en-suite with heated towel railis and separate lounge area and some with fireplaces. Paterson, Niven and Riverside Honeymoon Suite. Manor House - 4 suites, lounge and fireplace, television room, bar, dining room, covered veranda. All rooms and suites have mini-bars, private terraces with mountain and river views.

Facilities: Two lounges with fireplaces, one with satellite TV, library, billiard room, bar, wine cellar, Trading Post Gift Shop, dining room and outdoor dining terrace. Other dining options include "Makana" outdoor dining facility with lounge and dining area that offers spectacular views overlooking the Boontjies River, as well as "Embers", a wonderful new addition to the dining experience. "Embers" is situated in a natural ancient sandstone amphitheatre of giant boulders which overlooks dramatic cliffs and valleys. Other facilities include four swimming pools, sauna, rolling lawns and a walled herb, fruit, flower and vegetable garden. The Spa at Bushmans Kloof offers an extensive selection of body and beauty treatments.

Food and Wine: Bushmans Kloof is renowned for its stylish and contemporary country cuisine. The chef specialises in seasonal dishes with a touch of Cape heritage cooking, using organically grown farm produce, and fresh ingredients from the expansive walled vegetable, fruit and herb garden. Guests are invited to the wine cellar to select their wine from an award winning wine list which features top South African wines. The rates are fully inclusive of a light continental breakfast, coffee and muffins, a scrumptious brunch buffet after the morning excursion, afternoon teas - around a crackling log fire in winter, or on the riverbanks in summer - and delicious four-course dinners served in the elegantly appointed dining room al fresco, or at Spanners, capturing the true flavour of an African night under a million stars.

Activities: Daily guided rock art excursions, botanical tours, game viewing and sunset game drives in open game viewing vehicles with refresh-ments. Bird watching, nature trails, mountain hikes, river walks, canoeing, archery, rock climbing, mountain biking, croquet and swimming in crystal clear natural rock pools. Activities in the mountain wilderness To experience the essence of this magical wilderness reserve, guests are invited to participate in a variety of activities to invigorate the body and feed the soul. - Early morning rock art tours provide the visitor with an insight into an ancient culture that has been lost forever. Botanical walks, mountain hikes and bird watching are also available. - Mountain biking down one of the many rocky slopes offers a challenge to the very adventurous. - Fly-fishing enthusiasts may opt for a day excursion to the Biedouw river to challenge the famous Clanwilliam yellowfish on a catch-and-release basis. - Swimming in one of the river's crystal clear natural rock pools or in the Lodge's swimming pools offers welcome relief on a hot summer day. Guests may also picnic in the reserve or simply relax on the rolling green lawns alongside the river. - Additional activities on offer include canoeing, walking trails and stargazing with a state-of-the-art telescope. - Those who prefer more leisurely pursuits can amble through the Homestead and admire the original Bushmans Kloof art collection painted by artist Stephen Townley Bassett, or relax in the comfort of the extensive library. - Guests can select safari gear and mementoes from the Trading Post gift shop, watch wildlife videos, sip cocktails at Spanners, unwind in the sauna or enjoy the extensive Spa facilities.

Bushmans Kloof invites guests to explore the indigenous gardens or to simply marvel at the fascinating rock formations, gouged out over eons. The sweeping vistas from the Cederberg to the Great Karoo provide food for thought, and the tranquillity rejuvenates weary travellers from around the globe.

Fauna and Flora: Some of the game re-introduced include: the rare Cape Mountain Zebra, Bontebok, Eland, Gemsbok, Black Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Springbok, Grey Rhebok and Ostrich. Added to these are existing species such as: Cape Mountain Leopard, Bat-eared Fox, African Wild Cat, Cape Fox, Caracal, Cape Clawless Otter, Baboon, Klipspringer, Aardwolf and Aardvark. There are also more than 150 species of birds resident in the reserve, including numerous species of eagle and water birds.

Game drives and hikes through the reserve provide the opportunity to see some of this game, a sight to rekindle the soul and inspire one to re-discover the wildlife that was once unique to this Cape region. Bushmans Kloof lies between two vegetation biomes - dry mountain fynbos and succulent Karoo - where wildlife and an immense diversity of plant life intermingle. In Spring the reserve explodes into a kaleidoscope of colour. Wild flowers stretch as far as the eye can see, creating a spectacle that must be seen to be believed. Bushmans Kloof is a premier spring flower destination.

Rock Art The world's largest open-air gallery."... Bushmans Kloof is one of the most densely painted rock art areas in South Africa, or indeed in the world...in terms of the number of sites to see, Bushmans Kloof is unsurpassed..." - Fragile Heritage - A rock art field guide by David Lewis-Williams and Geoffrey Blundell. Bushmans Kloof is home to over 130 rock art sites which date back some 10,000 years, creating one of the world's largest open-air art galleries. In these rocky shelters, the enchanted visitor may contemplate the daily detail of a now extinct existence and be humbled by its beauty and simplicity. Providing a rich cultural history, this pristine collection communicates the very spiritual reality of these true conservationists and will inspire and invigorate the observer. Trained guides conduct daily rock-art walks with interpretations that provide insight, and a deeper understanding of these rare archeological sites. At Bleeding Nose Shelter, rock paintings stand out richly in the small alcove site formed in white sandstone. Subjects include eland, small antelope, rare paintings of birds and a whole variety of humans standing, dancing and shooting with bows.

This site takes its name from a painting of a man with bloody pouring from his nose, who is joined to his companions by mystical lines of power. The fallen painted slab that gives Fallen Rock Shelter its name, is the least of this site's attractions. It also houses one of the largest collections of well-preserved and diverse images known in the Pakhuis region and has a deposit of ash, sand and grass left behind by the San occupants over thousands of years. It houses the largest painting of a San cave dwelling group known in the Western Cape.


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