Lodges

Bushmans Kloof Lodge

A breath of fresh mountain air

Bushmans Kloof Lodge

Steeped in ancient San Bushman history, and surrounded by the rolling mountains of the Cederberg, this upmarket colonial-style lodge is set in a private reserve within the pristine rocky mountains. Explore the surrounds—a South African heritage site known for its abundant Bushman rock art, magnificent flowering plant species and a variety wildlife, including the rare and elusive Cape Mountain Leopard. Spend some quality time indulging at the lodge with a pampering spa treatment or a gastronomical delight, and wind down in your comfortable rooms looking over the beautiful surrounds.

At the lodge

The hotel

The central communal spaces of Bushmans Kloof are spread throughout an original but restored homestead. The two lounging areas enjoy slightly different styles, with one incorporating strong African influences and the other taking a more modern feel. The various dining spaces are stylish and well-appointed with fireplaces and garden views, depending on location. There is also a library, well stocked wine cellar and a terrace overlooking the surrounds. In the vicinity, you will find the reception, a curio shop, four swimming pools, a riverside Boma (traditional eating enclosure), gym and last but not least the sumptuous spa and wellness centre.

The rooms

There are 16 rooms and suites available, providing a wide range of accommodation from which to choose. All have been built with luxury in mind, following a colonial style with white linens and raw wood. The range includes: Luxury Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Paterson Suite, Riverside Supreme Suite for couples desiring romance and intimacy. The Niven Family Deluxe Room and the Koro Lodge a private villa, set about three kilometers away from the communal areas provides a homely atmosphere for small families.

On safari

Experiences

Activities at Bushmans Kloof take a more leisurely pace, including nature drives with wildlife species like springbok, eland and cape mountain zebra. Take a guided rock art excursion, showcasing the well-preserved bushman art sites of the region. The botanical walks provide an insight into the unique Cape Floral Kingdom. Or you could spend a day floating down the Brandewyn River in a canoe, fishing, hiking or embarking on a walking trail.

When to go

Cederberg by month

January

Season: Dry
  • The weather is very hot in this month with only a handful of rainy days and the potential for windy days.
  • Animals do not migrate in this region so wildlife viewing is a year round activity.
  • Night drives are particularly enjoyable in this month, with warm evening temperatures and nocturnal species particularly active.
  • Avoid the heat of the day by exploring the flora, fauna and bushman rock art in the early morning.
  • Fly Fishing is an early morning activity at this time of year, avoiding the heat of the day.
  • The sun is particularly strong in this month, so don't forget to bring a hat and sun block.

February

Season: Dry
  • This is the hottest month of the year, with little to no rain expected and occasional winds.
  • Animals do not migrate in this region so wildlife viewing is a year round activity.
  • A great time of year for night drives, temperatures are comfortable with nocturnal species at their most active.
  • Avoid the hottest hours of the day with an early morning botanical walk and bushman rock art explorations.
  • Fly Fishing is an early morning activity at this time of year, avoiding the heat of the day.
  • A hat and sunblock is essential in this month.

March

Season: Dry
  • In this month rain is unlikely with long hours of sunshine and hot weather expected.
  • Animals do not migrate in this region so wildlife viewing is a year round activity.
  • Picnicking immersed in this wilderness environment, is a particularly good at this time of the year.
  • Conditions are ideal for hiking in this month, however a lot of the small rivers and rock pool will be dry over this period.
  • A beautiful setting to challenge your Fly fishing skill against the Clanwilliam Yellowfish.
  • Don't forget to pack a hat and sunblock in this month.

April

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are comfortable at this time of year, with the first rains of the season falling in the form of occasional showers.
  • Animals do not migrate in this region so wildlife viewing is a year round activity.
  • A picnic in the heart of the Cederberg wilderness just can't be beat at this time of the year.
  • A great month for on foot explorations with comfortable hiking conditions in a very dry environment.
  • Fly fishing for the Clanwilliam Yellowfish is a rewarding experience, should you be skillful enough to land one.

May

Season: Wet
  • Expect some rain over the course of a lengthy stay, with daylight hours shortening and temperatures remaining mild.
  • Animals do not migrate in this region so wildlife viewing is a year round activity.
  • Enjoy the romance of a glowing fireplace, while you indulge in a gastronomical delight.
  • The ideal weather to be indoors and pampered by the extensive spa of Bushmans Kloof Lodge.
  • A beautiful setting to match your Fly fishing skill against the Clanwilliam Yellowfish.
  • Temperatures can be chilly in the mornings and evenings, don't forget to pack some warm clothing.

June

Season: Wet
  • The wet season is at its peak with a one in three chance of rain, temperatures are dropping and evenings are cold with snow on the higher peaks in the area.
  • Animals do not migrate in this region so wildlife viewing is a year round activity.
  • There is no for an excuse, treat yourself to a full spa day at Bushmans Kloof Lodge.
  • Intimacy and romance is guaranteed at this time year, with log fires, quality wines and food fit for a king.
  • Enjoy pristine fly fishing conditions as you test your hand against the Clanwilliam Yellowfish.
  • Don't forget to pack warm clothing, including a winter jacket for a safari in this month.

July

Season: Wet
  • The wet season experiences cold temperatures and rainfall on a third of its days, occasional snow falls on the higher peaks.
  • Animals do not migrate in this region so wildlife viewing is a year round activity.
  • At this time of the year, you don't need an excuse to treat yourself to a full spa day at Bushmans Kloof Lodge.
  • Warm clothing and a winter jacket are essential in this month, especially if you are wanting to participate in outdoor activities.
  • Enjoy the romance of a glowing fireplace, while you indulge in a gastronomical delight.

August

Season: Wet
  • It is still the wet season, with lower average temperatures, cold nights and the possibility of snow in the higher areas.
  • Animals do not migrate in this region so wildlife viewing is a year round activity.
  • Wildflowers are in bloom in this month, creating waves of pastel colour across the countryside.
  • Guided nature walks illuminate the incredible range of plant species present in this part of the Cape Floral Kingdom.
  • Remember to pack plenty of warm clothing and a winter jacket.

September

Season: Dry
  • The weather begins to shift, with less rain falling and a slight rise in average daytime temperatures, evenings still have the potential to be chilly.
  • Animals do not migrate in this region so wildlife viewing is a year round activity.
  • The wild flowers of the region burst into colour creating a sea of white, orange and yellow.
  • Best month of the year for hiking the Crystal Pools Trail, with temperatures cool and vegetation at its most beautiful.
  • After the rains, water levels are high providing the perfect opportunity for some canoeing explorations.

October

Season: Dry
  • Enjoy the first days of the warm dry summer, temperatures climb and the last of the seasonal rains fall in the form of sporadic afternoon showers.
  • Animals do not migrate in this region so wildlife viewing is a year round activity.
  • Day and night drives are particularly good over this period, with wildlife enjoying the improving weather.
  • At great month for hiking with ideal conditions including flowing streams, rock pools and the vegetation still green.
  • Water levels are high after the recent wet season, making canoeing a must in this month.

November

Season: Dry
  • In this month the days are warm and sunny with periods of wind and little to no chance of rain.
  • Animals do not migrate in this region so wildlife viewing is a year round activity.
  • Take advantage of the prime game viewing conditions in this month with day and night game drives a real highlight.
  • Hiking is still good in this month with comfortable conditions and water still in the streams.
  • Canoeing provides a different perspective on the surrounds at this time of the year.
  • A hat and sunblock are necessities in this month.

December

Season: Dry
  • Enjoy ideal weather with hot sunny days, very little rain and the potential for short-lived gusty winds.
  • Animals do not migrate in this region so wildlife viewing is a year round activity.
  • Wildlife is enjoying particularly good conditions with day and night drives producing good sightings.
  • Take advantage of comfortable walking conditions and explore some of Africa's best bushman rock art.
  • Fly fishing for the Clanwilliam Yellowfish is a rewarding experience should you be skilful enough to catch one.
  • Essential in this month, is a hat and sunblock.

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