Bushmans Kloof: the secret’s out

26 January 2004

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve in the Cederberg, Western Cape, has received another international accolade, being voted one of the Grand Award Winners for 2004 in Andrew Harper’s Hideaways Report, widely regarded as the connoisseur’s guide to luxury hideaways and secret places worldwide.

Miguel de Sousa, reporting for Travel News Now, noted that Bushmans Kloof was “one of only three winners on the Africa continent, singled out as some of the world’s most captivating hotels and resorts”.

According to Travel News Now, Andrew Harper is one of the world’s most noted travel writers, providing travel recommendations and information for the discerning traveller.

Now in its 25th year of publication, Harper’s Hideaway Report, according to his website, is “the ultimate travel guide for sophisticated travellers seeking candid reviews of enchanting luxury hotels, resorts and hideaways in the United States and around the world”.

It’s not the first international accolade for Bushmans Kloof, a South African natural heritage site described as “the world’s largest open-air art gallery” for its wealth of more than 130 pristine rock art sites.

In the July 2003 issue of leading US travel magazine Travel and Leisure, Bushmans Kloof was voted one of the top 25 eco lodges in the world – the only South African property, and one of only three properties in Africa, to make the coveted top 25 ranking.

Located in the foothills of the Cederberg, 270km from Cape Town, Bushmans Kloof is a thriving wilderness which has been recreated from a derelict farm that now nurtures priceless wildlife, protects the history and culture of the San people who once hunted in the area, and secures the future of the unique botanical diversity of the region.

The privately owned wilderness reserve is home to more than 150 bird species, 755 plant species, and 35 species of mammals that have been identified in the reserve, including many rare and endangered species such as the Cape mountain zebra.

Bushmans Kloof is a member of Relais & Chateaux, and in 2001 became the first game lodge in South Africa to receive a five-star grading.