Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat takes its cues from the African earth – and treatments using natural ingredients such as African potato, fynbos and rooibos are favourites on the spa treatment menu. Situated in the Cederberg mountains, this retreat is a great place to revive and restore.

Did you know?

Bushmans Kloof is home to over 130 natural rock art sites.        

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat is about three hours away from Cape Town, and one can feel the stress reducing kilometre by kilometre as you head towards the spectacular Cederberg mountains.

This retreat has excellent accommodation on offer, consisting of Main Lodge and Koro Lodge (an exclusive private villa). However, the real piece de resistance at Bushmans Kloof is the spa.

You can also enjoy select treatments in the privacy of your room, or you can have a muscle-melting massage in a secluded rock shelter which overlooks a beautiful valley at the in-house spa.

There are a number of signature experiences on offer at this Cederberg spa.

The Cederberg ‘Soulution' takes place in the outdoor gazebo where you enjoy a range of different therapies based on ancient African traditions using fynbos and rooibos products combined with locally-made plant oils. The treatment includes a Rooibos Milk Bath foot treatment and relaxing pressure-point techniques.

At the riverfront gazebo, you can enjoy a Healing Waters Rejuvenation Ceremony, again, inspired by the African continent.

Trained therapists use healing sticks (utilised by traditional healers) to assist in a full-body massage using shea butter from Ghana. These sacred sticks are said to help in grounding one's energy (and absorb negativity) and assist in redirecting the flow of good energy and thus creating a feeling of wellbeing.

There are a range of additional special treatments available at this spa in the Cederberg including the Celebration of life skin treatments (using Rooibos tea); the Bushmans Kloof Signature massage with Taaibos and Lavender, and the Elemis Aroma La Stone Massage. There are also detoxing mud wraps, an African potato sloughing session and a wide range of skin care treatments.

Of course, once you have been pampered within an inch of your life you can enjoy walks in the Cederberg, and go and inspect some ancient rock art, just to add to your sacred, soul-salivating experience.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Bushman's Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat
Tel: +27 (0)27 482 8200
Email: info@bushmanskloof.co.za

How to get here

From Cape Town, you follow the N1, then the N7 on your way to Clanwilliam. Take the R364 to Calvinia and Wupperthal and head off through the Cederberg Wilderness Area over the Pakhuis Pass. Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat is 270 kilometres from Cape Town and will take approximately three hours of driving time.

Best time to visit

The Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat is extremely popular during peak season, so make sure you book long in advance.

Around the area

There’s lots to enjoy in the area: take a sunset nature drive, go on a rock art excursion, swim in the crystal rock pools, paint, read, write or book yourself on a culinary weekend (watch the website for details). Wupperthal and it’s Monrovian mission station is also nearby.

Length of stay

There are excellent two-night packages available, although it really is so beautiful in this part of the world – you may want to stay longer.

Where to stay

The Main Lodge at Bushmanskloof Wilderness Reserve and Retreat luxury rooms, deluxe rooms, suites and a supreme suite. Koro Lodge is an existing farmhouse that can be booked out for families (and groups of friends).