Surrounded by the majestic Cederberg Mountains and the natural splendour of the fynbos, the beauty of Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat and its spectacular setting are best experienced on two wheels or on foot. In addition to its Natures Drives and Nature Walks, the hotel also encourages guests to explore for themselves, whether by hiking or by bike. Hiking and biking in the Cederberg offer a great way to stay active, unleash your adventurous side and take in the unique and inspiring Cederberg landscape.
Guests wishing to do some hiking whilst in the Cederberg will be provided with backpacks equipped with delicious and fortifying snacks, maps and other useful items. There are three suggested walking trails on the reserve to choose from, all of which conveniently begin at the Lodge. Each trail is well marked and guests have the option of hiking with or without a guide.
The shortest option is the Mountain trail, which is an easy to moderate 3km walk. Be sure to pack your camera as the route has some excellent views of the hotel and its surrounding landscape. For a slightly longer but easy alternative, opt for the Dassie trail, named after the adorable looking animals that can be spotted in the locality. However, proceed with caution during the winter months, when the ground underfoot can be very slippery.
Adventurous guests can test their fitness on the Ravine trail, which covers some steep terrain but also rewards intrepid hikers with fantastic views. Covering 6km, this Cederberg hike typically takes between two and a half to three hours, so is perfect for a morning or an afternoon activity. This route is best done during the spring, before the hot temperatures of summer arrive, or in the autumn months so as to avoid slippery winter terrain.
For those who prefer two wheels, the lodge has a selection of bicycles available for guests to use at any time. The reserve has plenty of jeep tracks that guests can wind their way along, and staff are also happy to recommend a range of different biking routes for various fitness abilities. Take one of the bikes out for a spin and enjoy a leisurely afternoon exploring the fynbos, known as ‘The Cape Floral Kingdom’, which is home to a staggering 1,3000 plant species.
Along with hiking and biking, guests can try their hand at archery, croquet, fishing and canoeing whilst staying at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat.
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