Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat is the proud Global Winner of Wildlife Conservations Programs in the Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Awards (2009), and won the coveted Relais & Châteaux Environment Trophy in 2007. Its entire operation is based on sound environmental conservation practices. This covers a wide spectrum, from the implementation of a comprehensive reserve management plan, ongoing monitoring of water quality, rainfall, soil erosion, vegetation cover and wildlife to prevent degradation, to our environmentally friendly solid waste disposal and advanced Biolytix waste water processing system.
All management actions are governed by a comprehensive Environmental Management Plan, ratifed by the Bushmans Kloof Conservation Trust. Each trustee is an expert in a particular field including wildlife management, botany, archaeology and cultural heritage. Bushmans Kloof makes regular use of the services of the Nature Conservation Corporation, an independent environmental management consultancy.
We ensure tourists make minimal impacts on the environment through implemention of the following:
The lodge monitors enviromental impact through the following steps:
Bushmans Kloof is also the custodian of the legendary ‘Englishman’s Grave’. This is an interesting and poignant site, and one that enriches the cultural heritage of this fascinating place. We maintain this lonely gravesite that bears the simple inscription, ‘Brave and True’. The memorial dates back to the Anglo Boer War, and belongs to a young British soldier, Vinicombe Winchester Clowes, a lieutenant in the First Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders. The memorial was erected by his mother after he died here on 30 January 1901 at the age of 21, when British forces were attempting to prevent incursions into the Cape Colony by the Boer Commandos under General Smuts.
His mother travelled from her home in Hertfordshire, and had the gravestone constructed over the simple hole where her son had been buried. For many years, Mrs Clowes made an annual visit to the her son’s grave to lay a wreath there; a considerable challenge when you consider that it involved 5 weeks at sea in both directions, as well as a day’s drive upon arrival.