The festive season in the Cederberg mountains is all about unwinding in stunning unbridled wilderness beneath warm African skies. Add in sumptuous festive feasts served with award-winning regional wines, heavenly spa treatments and balmy evenings beneath a bright canopy of stars, and Christmas at Bushmans Kloof is likely to be your most unforgettable yet. Here are the top five reasons to spend Christmas in the Cederberg with us.
Peace on earth
Trade the hustle of the city for total tranquillity over the festive season. Tucked in the foothills of the picturesque Cederberg mountains, Bushmans Kloof is 270km from the nearest big city, Cape Town, making this the ideal retreat from the demands of daily life. It’s an opportunity to completely reset and decompress in the area’s 7500 hectares of pristine natural landscapes. Take a wander in the wild. Enjoy a scenic game drive. Unwind with a deeply rejuvenating holistic spa treatment that’s fine-tuned to your needs.
Renowned for its excellent gastronomy, Bushmans Kloof offers several sumptuous dining options this festive season. Enjoy intimate fine dining at The Homestead overlooking the gardens, or feast under the wide African skies at Embers. This Christmas, our team of exceptional chefs will prepare a spectacular festive spread with all the trimmings, presented with our signature indulgent flair. Our menus are an inspired blend of traditional African flavours and international cuisines, with many ingredients sourced fresh from our garden.
Oenophiles are spoilt for choice in South Africa, with a plethora of wines available from the Cape’s award-winning portfolio of wine estates. Bushmans Kloof’s well-stocked cellar gleams with special vintages sourced from lesser-known producers alongside expertly selected crowd-pleasing favourites. Our knowledgeable wine stewards are on hand to select an ideal pairing for your Christmas meal. For a cosy post-feast digestif, sink back into an armchair at The Homestead while our barman prepares something special and sophisticated for you.
The great outdoors
Christmas is all about indulgence, and not just with great food and excellent wine. Bushmans Kloof’s scenic natural surrounds are a dizzying feast for the senses. Venture out before breakfast on Christmas morning with a leisurely hike through the many colours and textures of the Fynbos. The ocean views from the soaring slopes of the Cederberg are spectacular.
A wild Christmas
While the Cederberg may not be home to reindeer, there are plenty of other wild inhabitants to celebrate Christmas with. Rare Cape leopards roam the mountains and a large herd of Cape mountain zebras are often spotted in Bushmans Kloof’s surrounds. To invite you into the heart of the reserve, we offer guided nature walks and escorted game drives with our knowledgeable guides. Savour the last few moments of Christmas Day in the Cederbergs with a twilight wander through the wild, listening to the rustles and chirps of the evening settling in around you.
Celebrate a magical Christmas in the Cederberg when you stay at Bushmans Kloof.
Image credits: lead image Red Carnation Hotels. Sunset over the Cederberg iStock/wilpunt. Wine glasses iStock/PeopleImages. Hiking iStock/subman.