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Cairngorms, Highlands Scotland
We are inspired by our beautiful surroundings, deep in the Scottish Highlands. Each of our bedrooms showcase panoramic views of the spectacular landscape, while the verdant countryside is home to a wide variety of wildlife, from Golden Eagle and Osprey to Red Deer Stag and Pine Martin, as well as an abundance of wild flowers, plants and trees.
Céline Cousteau, ambassador for the TreadRight Foundation and advocate for global sustainability and the environment, shares the remarkable history of the rock art waiting to be discovered at Bushmans Kloof.
The geology of the Cederberg Mountains dates back more than 500-million years, and today these rugged peaks and sandy plains are famous for the otherworldly landscape of sandstone rocks sculpted by millennia of rain, sun and wind. These valleys were once lush, home to large herds of elephant and prides of lion, while the long-extinct quagga roamed alongside the mighty eland. The passage of time, and the animals that once inhabited these hills, is marked on the walls of caves and overhangs in the ancient San rock art, with some sites on the reserve dating back 10,000 years.
Bill and Mark McAdam purchase seven properties, encompassing 7500 hectares of neglected farmland. With the dream of restoring the landscape and creating a wilderness reserve, they remove the livestock and eradicate alien vegetation to allow the indigenous fynbos to start recovering.
Led by General Manager Rory du Plessis, with years of experience in the bush, we pride ourselves on delivering authentic South African hospitality. That begins with empowering our team to make a difference, offering exceptionally considerate attention to detail, and our warm, South African ‘Welkom’ is as warm as our balmy weather. A favourite welcome drink on arrival, fresh-cut bouquets in the suites,
candlelit in-room dining with a view, personalised gifts – these all create a cosseting experience that make guests feel truly valued.
Bushmans Kloof offers a wilderness experience entirely unique in South Africa. Combining pristine mountain landscapes with indigenous wildlife, guests enjoy exclusive access to more than 130 ancient San rock art sites, combined with the unique opportunity to discover the origin and culture of Africa’s oldest tribe. The award-winning lodge offers five-star luxury and gracious hospitality, alongside an array of unforgettable dining experiences.
Bushmans Kloof offers a wealth of opportunities to rest and rejuvenate. Find serenity and wellness in The Spa, soak up the great outdoors with a wilderness walk, or sip on fine South African wine. However you choose to spend your days, our passionate and enthusiastic team is on hand to create an unforgettable Cederberg experience.
Look forward to an array of culinary experiences during your stay at Bushmans Kloof, from fine dining in the historic Homestead to flame-grilled feasts served beneath star-spangled African skies. The talented lodge chefs draw inspiration from local culinary traditions and flavours, while our organic kitchen gardens provide bountiful seasonal produce. Bushmans Kloof is a proud member of Relais and Châteaux.
"Boontjieskloof (the farm on which Bushmans Kloof resides) was once a rooibos, citrus, potato and livestock farm, before opening as Bushmans Kloof in 1996. The homestead on the farm - now the Manor House - was once the main facility for guest accommodation. Red Carnation Hotels took ownership of Bushmans Kloof in 2003 and I was delighted to become General Manager in 2016.
I am most proud of each of our outstanding conservation initiatives, including the Anatolian dog project, our work with the Cape Leopard Trust, the preservation of our Cedar tree population, and the careful protection of our rock art, dating back 10,000 years. We also have a walled garden that produces vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers for the lodge, and offer community support to our local school.
Many of our Bushmans Kloof team have been with the lodge for over 25 years, and a great number of us hail from the local area. We are honoured to share this beautiful reserve with our guests, from the wilderness of the Cederberg Mountains to the Cape fynbos, a world-renowned floral biome with the most biodiversity of all the floral kingdoms.
Our signature experiences include dining in our shepherd’s hut or under the stars at Embers, enjoying delicious picnics in a field of flowers during flower season, visiting our rock art sites or taking a spectacular afternoon nature drive through the reserve.
We hope to welcome you to the beauty of Bushmans Kloof soon."
- Rory du Plessis, General Manager