Discover the Cape's priceless wildflowers

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve

Bushmans Kloof
Discover one of nature’s most priceless gifts to mankind at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve  & Wellness Retreat, as this year’s spring flower season gets underway. This premier flower destination is located at the foothills of the Cederberg, an area that promises to be draped in colourful carpets of wildflowers following the winter rains. Here guests may revel in this annual spectacle while indulging in the luxurious splendour of the lodge. From 1 September 2012 through to 19 December 2012, Bushmans Kloof is offering a three-night package starting at R2 250 per person sharing per night, inclusive of luxury accommodation and all meals, including the legendary Bushmans Kloof High Tea.

According to reports plenty of wildflowers such as bokbaaivygies, oranje harpuis, sambreeltjiesand ridderspoor, have already been spotted in the Clanwilliam area close to Bushmans Kloof, where the town is preparing to celebrate its annual Clanwilliam Wildflower Show from 23 to 29 August 2012.

Bushmans Kloof is a member of the family-run Red Carnation Hotel Collection and is a sanctuaryto more than 755 indigenous plant species representative of three major Biomes, namely Fynbos, Succulent Karoo and Afromontane Forest. It is also situated in the world’s smallest but richest floral kingdom, the Cape Floral Kingdom. More than 30 rare or endangered plant species are protected at Bushmans Kloof, with many of them occurring nowhere else in the world, such as the magnificent Pincushion Leucospermun reflexum. The Pincushion is one of the most endangered plant species which grow naturally at Bushmans Kloof, and is only found next to rivers and streams on the northern slopes of the Cederberg.

Here guests will be able to feast their eyes upon the unique floral diversity with flowers in vibrant colours stretching as far as the eye can see. With continued good rain, the rest of August and September should produce bright displays of gousblom, botterblom and bergmagrietjie, as well as the much-loved Clanwilliam daisy.

Bushmans Kloof is also home to over 35 species of mammals, including the rare Cape mountain zebra, along with over 150 kinds of birds. An SA Heritage Site, it bases its entire business ethos on preserving this precious natural environment, while providing guests with the ultimate African wilderness experience in the beautiful surroundings of the Cederberg Wilderness Area.

Guest may participate in an assortment of exhilarating outdoor activities such as nature drives, guided rock art excursions, botanical walks, rock climbing, archery and fly fishing, balanced with tranquil meditation or yoga sessions and pampering spa treatments. Crowning the Bushmans Kloof experience is a taste profusion of gastronomic or healthy, home-style comfort food served at any of the lodge’s spectacular dining venues, which has earned it a place on the coveted Condé Nast Traveller UK Gold List for Best Hotels for Food in Africa, Middle East and the Indian Ocean three years in a row (2010, 2011 and 2012).
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