The natural botanical richness of Bushmans Kloof includes more than 755 indigenous plant species. These plant species are representative of three major vegetation types namely: Fynbos, Forest and Karoo biomes.
Mid July to Mid September sees the arrival of one of the world’s most glorious springtime events, the Cape wildflower display. When flower season arrives, our hills are dappled and draped with spectacular blooms of colour. Thousands of flowers compete for pollinators, exploding into every colour imaginable.
Though flower season is indeed magnificent, you’ll certainly find gems all year round. High summer is dry, but still more than a handful of plants are in flower. From the end of March, it is lily season. Then the rains come, and within three weeks shrub vegetation comes into bloom in waves of pastel colours.
Another botanical highlight is the indigenous Rooibos plant, known abroad as Red Bush. This wonderful tea is endemic to the Cederberg region, and is renowned throughout South Africa and the world for its potent qualities, health benefits and delicious taste.
The Rooibos plant was widely used by the Bushman in the region as a herbal remedy for many different ailments, and it is believed that this ancient culture was the first to discover that the needle-like Rooibos leaves could be used to make a refreshing brew.
Growing wild across the expanse of the Bushmans Kloof reserve, Rooibos has been introduced extensively into all aspects of the lodge operations. From the refreshing, chilled Iced Rooibos Tea served on arrival as a signature welcome drink, to the deliciously fragrant, hand-made Rooibos soap in guest bathrooms, or a steaming pot of Rooibos served at High Tea. It is an essential part of the guest experience here.
On a culinary level our Chef makes use of Rooibos as an ingredient in our Cape country cuisine, which has led Bushmans Kloof to be a proud contributor to Rooibos Limited’s Rooibos Cookbook.
The Clanwilliam Cedar
Bushmans Kloof, alongside The Botanical Society of South Africa and CapeNature, is committed to the Clanwilliam Cedar Tree Conservation Project. Bushmans Kloof grows saplings of this very ancient and beautiful species in a Cedar nursery, and has an established grove on the property.
The lodge hosts an annual community tree planting ceremony in an effort to reintroduce this highly endangered Cedar into the Cederberg Wilderness Area.