Four star game lodge accommodation

Western Cape Nature Reserve and Game Lodge

The unique nature experience that Bosch Luys Kloof presents through the absence of artificial attractions, invites guests to appreciate and enjoy the beauty and tranquility - and they do it from the porches of their private chalets or on foot or by mountain bike or with our Land Rover drives or 4x4 routes!!

Great Swartberg - Southern border The Hell - Bordering on Southeast corner
Bosluiskloof historic pass - on site Oudtshoorn - 110km
Seweweekspoort - 4km R62 turn-off - 24km via Seweweekspoort from our gate
George - 170km Cape Town - 330km

August 2016

What an amazing place! Please keep it going just as it is!!

The Wendenburg family! Germany

Thank you for the most wonderful stay. Looking forward to coming back. Thank you all!

The Von Esebeck's, London, England

We have been to many places in SA, but this topped it all!!! Excellent in every respect! We will be back!

Nick, Alex & co. Stolberg, Hamburg, Germany

Baie dankie vir julle moeite om alles so spesiaal te maak. Ons het dit BAIE geniet en kom beslis weer!!!

Alet & Niel Cronje & Martie & Sakkie Jacobs, Kleinbrak, Wes-Kaap, SA

Dankie vir 'n wonderlike tyd. Almal is 'n fees

Henry & Rita Laskey, Belville, Kaapstad, SA

I will be back!!! Stunning place, marvellous everything! In my heart I shall behold this place!

Maud Auf der Hyde, Cape Town, SA

Ons wil net baie dankie sê vir julle gasvryheid en goeie diens. Ons het heerlik gekuier, geëet en gerus. Wens net ons kon langer bly. Julle het ‘n pragtige en netjiese plek met uitstekende diens en vriendelike personeel.

Marguerite & Brian Badenhorst, Bredasdorp, Wes-Kaap, SA

July 2016

Beautiful surroundings, lovely walking and driving trails. Incredible people - friendly and knowledgable. Would love to come back!

Neil, Linda, Matthew, James, Jason & Nicole Moodley, Pinelands, Cape Town, SA

Dit is selde dat gaste met soveel opregtheid en vriendelikheid verwelkom en bedien word. Dit laat mens rêrig welkom voel en dra by tot 'n unieke, onvergeetlike ervaring. Stilte, donkerte, vriendelike mense en prag - voedsel vir die siel!

Karen, Fanie & Francois le Roux, Kuilsrivier - SA

Thank you for a lovely stay. Chilly but very comfortable and very beautiful!

Hawkins family, Napier - SA & Chichester, Westsussex - United Kingdom

Fantastiese bly! Kos was heeeerlik!

Frede de Beer & Niel le Roux, Kaapstad - SA

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful piece of Southy Africa with us!!!

Paul, Sandi, Daniel & Catherine Theron, Somerset West - SA

What a fantastic place to stay! Scenery, food, people all wonderful!!

Jan, Lynne, Adrian & Andrew de Jonge & Rose Bailey, George - SA

Wonderful stay in stunning environment

Marianne & Patrick Steele, John & Jo Felgate & Diane Jueirin, East London - SA & United Kingdom

Thank you for a most enjoyable stay. Great conversation, great food and lovely rooms. I will be back!

Thomas Naude, Cape Town - SA

There is something very special about a place….when you arrive home and still feel as if you are there.
Five memorable days spent at Bosch Luys Kloof in the middle of Winter with loads of Karoo sunshine and a little crisp chill to stimulate the appetite.
Hats off to a superb team for your caring friendship, guidance as to the best walks, beautifully presented cuisine, the hearth always aflame and all spent in the company of fine fellow travellers.
We are enriched by the experience and will visit again.

Cynthia Barnes & Philip Minnaar, Sedgefield, Western Cape

Aan almal by Bosch Luys Kloof Paradys
Baie dankie dat ons vir 'n baie kort rukkie ook in jul paradys kon bly. Dit was vir ons as gesin 'n wonderlike winter verblyf.
Tien uit tien vir jul gasvryheid en omgee.
Groete vanuit Somerset-wes.

Rika, Francois, Annika & Jacques du Toit, Somerset-wes, SA

Wow we are blown away by Bosch Luys Kloof. We truly had the best experience and next time we will be coming and definitely spending more time with you.
Thank you for making us feel so incredibly special and well fed!

Peter, Allison, Elizabeth & Georgina Bain, Port-Elizabeth, SA

June 2016

Amazing mense en baie liefde! Dit was die beste ervaring ooit!

Leonie & Ruben Schnell, Wolseley, Wes-Kaap, SA

Dynamite stay—Vistas superb—Bruce seriously knowledgeable—rooms so romantic and comfy—food great --thoroughly recommendable

Arland & Jules Read, Knysna, SA

Thank you again for a great long weekend. Brilliant.

The Wiggelinkhuizen family, Newlands, Cape Town, SA

Ai, wens ons kon langer bly. Julle sien ons definitief weer. Baie dankie dat julle die naweek vir ons so lekker spesiaal gemaak het ...

Eggie en Christelle Gerryts, Durbanville, SA

Incredible!! See you again soon. Such a stunning weekend.

Du Toit family, Somerset West, Cape Town, SA

May 2016

Baie dankie vir onvergeetlike naweek! Opregte hartlikheid & gasvryheid. Sal gou weer terug wees!

Agnes Mouton & Susan van der Merwe, Somerset Wes, SA

A wonderful stay. Thank you!

Rajan & Ludy Mantri, Mauritius

Tranquility! Thank you for your hospitality.

Hans & Tessa Hugo, Tokai, Cape Town

Thank you for a peaceful getaway at your beautiful lodge! Again!

Tony & Naidine Barlow, Hout Bay, Cape Town

Excellent! Hospitality, food, a good experience.

Mike & June Protheroe, Villiersdorp

A magical mystery space. Thank you for sharing!

Merle & Frank Friedman, Knysna, SA

Such a fantastic lodge surrounded by beauty. We loved it! Great staff and service!

Lynn & Don Searle and Ron & Jan Macmillan, Plettenberg Bay, SA

April 2016

Baie dankie vir jul diens en gasvryheid tydens ons besoek aan Bosch Luys Kloof.

Ons het die tydjie daar geweldig geniet, goed gerus en ons is ryker nadat ons met jou en ou Frederik kennis gemaak het en jul effe leer ken het.

Geniet jul pragtige blyplek – ons verlang na die vrede.

Andre, Samantha, Jean-Pierre & Dominique Snyman, George, SA

Beautiful! Relaxing! Welcoming! Great guide.

Derek & Marion Flanigan, George, SA

Thanks for such a warm welcome. Great facilities & so relaxing. Wish we'd stayed longer.

Steve & Amanda Rickards, Guernsey, United Kingdom

Hope to come back. Beautiful!! Taken my breath away

Mike & Lorraine van den Berg, East London, SA

2nd visit - but this place has nothing lost from its fascination. Please keep it and take care of it!

Simone & Holger Koch and Fritz & Regula Bürgisser, Zurich, Switzerland

Fantastiese naweek! Puik diens!

Richard & Erieka Smith, Uitenhage, SA

March 2016

Baie baie dankie vir die mees ongelooflike verrassings verjaarsdag naweek! Al ons verwagtinge is oortref! Baie dankie aan almal by Bosch Luys Kloof. We are hooked!!!

Malan familie groep (vir Boone se 60ste verjaarsdag), Stellenbosch, SA

Wonderful, peaceful stay - most beautiful place & best lodge. Excellent staff. * 49 Bird spp spotted in two days

Wyn & Liz Mundell, Plettenberg Bay, SA

Beautiful scenery in comfortable rooms - thunderstorm and full moon was a real bonus. Looking forward to seeing a full dam one day soon! Good luck!

Ryder family party, Petersfield-United Kingdom & Hout Bay-South Africa

What a fantastic place, a true gem!

Edith Bongaerts & Monique Mesterom, Netherlands

Fab food & great guide! Fantastic! So natural & relaxing.

Bernie & Lynne Dean, Plettenberg Bay, SA

Stunning scenery. Great stay. Great food. Well done team. Would love to come back.

Alexandra Herden & Jürgen Hengesbach, Germany

Just a note to tell you how very much we enjoyed our 24 hours with you at Bosch Luys Kloof.
You have created a remarkable environment architecturally which blends so perfectly with the environment.
We now know to recommend to our clients and friends to spend at least 2 nights with you - we definitely did not wish to leave so soon…

Gys & Wendy Hofmeyr, Hermanus, SA

February 2016

Fantastic all round experience. Great hiking, guiding and fantastic food. 5 Star

Alan & Anne Randle, Hout Bay, Cape Town

We had such a relaxing fantastic time in a very special place. Bruce & Derick were superb & attended to our every wish.

Tim & Eileen Elliott, London, UK

What a wonderful three days with our great host, chef and all staff. Perfect for relaxation, experience of another aspect of the Karoo and great fellow guests. Totsiens!

John & Juliet Hughes, Crieff, Scotland

We don't recall having died and gone to heaven!!!

Alan & Mary Gardner, Prince Albert-SA and Norfolk-UK

Inspired, well-fed & watered we are ready to trek on. Many thanks!

Dietrich & Isolde Stobwasser, Stuttgart, Germany

Sommer so 'n gesamentlike groot "dankie" vir 'n heerlike verblyf en baie spesiale 60ste verjaardag! Ans en Gerhard – dankie dat jul hierdie pragtige stukkie aarde met ander mense deel, dis baie spesiaal. Ans jou keurige smaak val reg in die kol – eenvoudig, treffend en straal van weelde, 'n ware bederf plekkie.

Tom & Jeanne Hemsted, Hout Bay, South Africa

January 2016

A special place to enjoy nature's tapestry.

Mark & Kate Freeman, Johannesburg, South Africa

What a priviledge to be able to enjoy nature & great service so close to home. Thank you!

Jacqus, Laura, Amelia & Lucy Theron, Cape Town

A wonderful experience. Thank you so much.

Roger & Lilias Nicholls, Scotland

Thank you so much! My favourite place in the Western Cape. Couldn't resist an extra night.

Taryn McDonald, Cape Town, South Africa

A wonderful experience. Thank you so much. We couldn't imagine, that this is such a wonderful place and there is life without cellphone and internet

Pia & Max Koewius, Germany

Wonderful stay. Never experienced anything like it. Unique experience. Everything about your 'kingdom' is amazing and what you deliver to your guests is outstanding - the welcome and hospitality, the comfort of the lodges, the excellent food and service, and the thrill and education of the nature drive. Congratulations on a unique visitor experience.

Terry & Elsie Woodger, United Kingdom

December 2015

A most wonderful stay - thank you!! Delicious food, fabulous friendly staff. Beautiful place

Bruce & Elizabeth Mathew, Fish Hoek, Cape Town

Nogmaals baie dankie. Ons sal die naweek NOOIT vergeet nie. Die uniekheid van Boschluyskloof; julle gasvryheid en vriendelikheid; julle heerlike kos, die gerieflike verblyf, die skoon lug; die helder hemelruim! Ag, so kan ek aangaan. Almal het dit BAIE geniet. Hulle sal vir baie mense vertel!

Chris & Tertia Kapp, Stellenbosch, South Africa

What a privilege to be able to spend our 6th wedding anniversary at this special place where we had the best and most beautiful wedding weekend on 12.12.09. This has been a real treat in all sense - thank you!

Henk & Avril Lourens, Durbanville, Cape Town

We had a superb stay at the Bosch Luys Kloof! Perfect accommodation, warm hospitality and a great drive in nature! Restaurant and cook just the most delicious we've had during trip. The kids told this must be a five star stay!

John & Christa, Liv & Linde & Willy & Rita van Langenhove, Belguim

Boomslange gesien! Awesome views & beautiful weerlig vertoning!! Kos was uit boonste rakke! Baie dankie!

Fili & Lynette Venter, Gauteng, SA

I left with all batteries recharged! Great!

Gerard & Claire Sullivan, Johannesburg and Ardagh Longford (Ireland)

Absolute bliss! Peaceful and amazing seeing a leopard! Thank you!

Mary-Clare & Norman Brown, London, United Kingdom

Thanks again for everything you offered to us during our stay. It was such an exciting and amazing adventure to stay on Bosch Luys Kloof. All the best and hope as well to come back!

Thorstein & Judie Nedderhut, Germany

November 2015

Wir kommen zurück! Danke! Special thanks to Bruce and Derick!

Gudrun & Thorsten Nedderhut, Germany

Great place, beautiful lodge, delicious food, friendly, fantastic service, we enjoyed our stay very much and will come back!

Isabel & Bernd Groscurth, Germany

An original and memorable experience with friendly hosts & good cooking from Derick & help from Bruce!

Robert & Kathry Edwards, Dorset, United Kingdom

Ons het elke oomblik geniet! Baie dankie.

Danie & Lurica Spies, Groot Brakrivier, Wes-Kaap, Suid Afrika

Many thanks, wonderful.

Ivana Decker, Alba House, Paarl (on behalf of Czech group)

Bosch Luys Kloof will remain in our memories as a special place, not only for its pristine natural environment, views that takes your breath away, but also for an experienced made so special by its staff.As we travel back to Australia, Bosch Luys Kloof and its people will travel with us as a treasured memory.

Tertius Smith & Elzet Utley, Franschoek (South Africa) & Australia

October 2015

Takk fyrir okkur!

Herdis & Sverrir Thorsteinsson, Iceland

Bedankt voor de gastvryheid! Fantastisk plats :-)

Chris Wilthuis, Sweden

We had a wonderful time here! Thank you for all!

Matthias & Tanja Sager, Küssnacht am Rigi, Switzerland

A whole paradise just for the two of us, with fantastic service & excellent food!! We enjoyed every minute. Thanks!!!

Roelof & Inneke Krist, Etten-Leur, Netherlands

Only one night here but would love to have stayed a week. Beautiful habitat, great food & loved the drive with Bruce. We will return!

David & Lesley Vink, Marybirnong, Australia

Fabulous!!!!

Jan & Reg Freeman, United Kingdom

Asemrowende natuur en natuurskoon. Heelike kos, fantastiese akkomodasie en gasvryheid. Die beste vakansiebreek ooit!

Philip & Ilse Pretorius, Woodhill, Pretoria

A beautiful refuge from hurley burley of city life. Wonderful hospitality & delicious food. We'll be back!

Graham & Melinda Stapleton, Newlands, Cape Town

September 2015

Total rest and relaxation. Wonderful. We will be back!

Jan & Geoff Coombe, Fish Hoek, Cape Town, SA

Magnificent in every respect. Felt welcome throughout!

Robert Stelzner & Karen van Helden, Newlands, Western Cape, SA

Accom, food & drives presented with such enthusiasm resulting in a wonderful stay in this beautiful valley.

Peter & Jeanette Bartel, Pretoria, SA

Heerlike naweek met alles perfek. Verbly en etes uit boonste rakke!

Pieter & Ingrid le Roux, Kaapstad, SA

Wonderful stay, beautiful surroundings, great food - what a treat!

Cobus & Tracy Kellerman, Cape Town, SA

We had a wonderful time, beautiful place, delicious food. Thank you!

Jeremy Pickering & Hazel Crampton, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, SA

Wonderlik. Heerlik ontspan. Kos baie, baie goed!!

Maretha, Mariska & Maryke Rademeyer, Durbanville, Cape Town, SA

August 2015

So good to escape city life - we'll return!

The Aitchisons & Adlers, Cape Town,RSA

Ons is super beindruk - het dit ongelooflik baie geniet.

Bennie & Lettie Schloms, Stellenbosch, RSA

We had such a good time. Great food & beautiful views & great hospitality.

Thea Roodman ( Vlok Family ), Durbanville, RSA

Dit is werklik n baie besondere plek. Puik diens!

Izak & Elsabé van Rensburg, Oubaai, George, RSA

July 2015

Such a happy, magic weekend. What a beautiful place, beautiful people & wonderful memories

Clive & Geraldene Corder, Claremont, Western Cape, SA

Wonderful + well appointed accommodation, beautiful surroundings and most importantly, a staff compliment that have gone out of their way to make our stay extra, extra special. Excellent cuisine and totally professional all round. Well done!

Tony & Karen Eddy, Bloubergstrand, Western Cape, SA

The best views! The best food! Awesome drive and company. All round a very special place. Thank you!

John & Susan Jayne, Simonstown, Western Cape, SA

Absolutely wonderful 3 days!! Weather played along, scenery stunning! Derick is an absolute treasure in the kitchen - the food was wonderful & his little artistic touches very special! Bruce entertained us with his enthusiasm & historical antedotes. Very special spot!

Diane & Iain Peddle, Cape Town, SA

Lekker geéet en gekuier. Dankie Derrick, Bruce vir jul moeite met die kids!! Ons kom beslis weer terug!

Riaan, vanessa, Ruben, Ian, Luke & Tessa Jacobs, Mosselbaai

Wonderlike ervaring! Volgende keer kom ons langer.

Kosie & Santie Loubser, Andries & Herculine van Veen, Durbanville, SA

So bly ons het jul deel gemaak van ons toertjie, ons kom verseker weer! Pragtige verblyf en heerlike kos! Dankie vir jul vriendelikheid.

Herman & Pauline Hugo, Villiersdorp, SA

June 2015

Bitter baie mooi en spesiaal, en vriendelike mense. Baie dankie!

Mostert motorfiets groep -- Ceres, RSA

Ons besoek aan Kgalagadi, Augrabies, Stellenbosch, ens was n heerlike ondervinding. Die hoogtepunt vir ons was egter die nag by Bosch Luys Kloof. Ons het alles daar by julle geniet! Ons sal weer kom!

Attie en Barbara du Plessis, Johannesburg, RSA

Thank you so much, it is amazing. Think of getting a giraffe- they would love the thorn bushes.

Brendan, Ursula, Erin and Jan-Bryn Wiggelinkhuizen, Rondebosch, Cape Town, RSA

Wat n puik ervaring! n Span om op trots te wees -- dankie dat julle dit vir ons spesiaal gemaak het.

Tobie & Elize de Coning, Stellenbosch, RSA

May 2015

Alles was absoluut fantasties! Dankie vir die vriendelikheid en bederf

Hannes & Johandrie Lourens, Tergniet

Our two nights here were truly amazing. Everything was better than we expected - people, service, food, views! Next time we will be sure to bring our mountain bikes. Thanks for the adventure.

Jeff, Allison & Janelle Dingler, Baku, Azerbajan

Baie lekker. Geniet die Karoo!

Gerrie, Sandra, Frans en Ansa Downing, Eversdal Bellville en Bredasdorp

Incredible service! Beautifully kept lodge. Absolute tranquility! The food was outstanding! 5 stars! Derick was very accommodating to my dietary requirements and a lovely host at meal times. Bruce was wonderful to chat to and his knowledge and experience and passion about ecology and conservation is absolutely inspiring. 2 amazing staff members. Such a blessing to meet them both xxx

Mike & Jorja Scott, Cape Town

April 2015

Fantastic!!! Very educational drive, romantic evening, friendly staff. Will be back.

Murray & Di Hau, Cape Town

Ontvangs baie goed. Bestuurder & sjef uitstekend!

Pieter & Fien Barnard, Strand, Cape Town

Wat 'n rustige en vreugdevolle naweek waar ons silly getreat is deur die staf. Dankie!

Jéan & Christel Roux, Pretoria

Fantastic lodge, fantastic food!

The Lash family, UK

We were completely on our own! Glorious solitude, quiet. Very well looked after by everyone. Hope the rains come soon. Thank you for a very special stay. God bless you all.

Pete & Engel Kirsten, Kirstenbosch, Cape Town

Die tydjie was 'n stukkie hemel op aarde! Bruce en Derick het hulle oortref. Dankie

Jurie & Ansa Wessels, Klerksdorp, Vrystaat en Mosselbaai

Ons aankoms hier gister met die warm, hartlike ontvangs van Bruce en Derick het die rooitapyt onder ons voete beklemtoon!! Die mooi tuin, die drankies, die koedoes, die ligging…te veel om in te neem. Toe die verwelkoming in die chalet en Derick se keurige en geurige kos en die klimaks vandag - ons rit met Bruce en die kennisuitruiling! Ons sal dit nooit vergeet nie. Die grootste lof gaan aan Gerhard en Ans vir die daarstelling van hierdie luukse - voorwaar 'n oase! Ons kom weer.

Ivan & Mari Lätti en Thabo, Onrus

March 2015

How wonderful to see & experience the creative power of the love that Ans & Gerhard have for life and each other. Inspirational!

Kathy & Malcolm Willis, Norfolk, England

Best food & hospitality!

Reeza & Washeelah Omar, Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town

A fabulous time, spectacular place
- Delicious food
- Great drive
We hope to return…

Jeremy & Claire Hill, Nottingham, England

As wonderful as our first visit last year. See you again!

Carmel & Michael Chanarin, Barrydale & Spain

Dit was 'n fantastiese stop op ons wittebrood, baie dankie!

Matthys & Adele Streicher, Swellendam, SA

Just amazing!!! Would love to come back some time

Kai & Karen von Gerlach, Erinvale, Somerset West

An amazing stay. We just wanted to stay and enjoy it for longer. Will be back!

Michal, Michel, Amitai & Alou Melamede, Princeton, New Jersey USA

Amazing place, thank you for a lovely stay.

Ivana Decker, Ivan & Jarka Helcl, Czech Republic

Was al hier, sal weer & weer kom

Atti & Debora Swanepoel, Stellenbosch, SA

Exceptional - we enjoyed a beautiful & peaceful time

Karl & Ulrike Pfeffer, Johannesburg, SA

February 2015

The Best place we have stayed! A fitting place to celebrate our 9th anniversary!

Tarryn, Mark, Ariella & Cameron Murray, Cape Town, Western Cape

Unbelievable vistas and you feel the nature under your skin. We loved it!

Hanneke & Ben De Jong, Carla and Joop, Netherlands

A wonderful time of renewal, mentally, physically and spiritually. We will be back!!

Fred & Merle Scherrer, Cape Town/Switzerland

Seker 1 van die BESTE LODGES in SA!!!

Louis & Jolanda Schoeman, Durbanville, Western Cape

Beautiful, remote and dramatic place! We had a wonderful time, thank you.

Hugh & Sue Drummond, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Thanks a lot. It's been so calm and peaceful.

Sabine & Rainer Mackamul, Munich, Germany

Mooie hikes, lekker etes, prachtige lodges and sterrenhemel

'De Broederskap Tilburg', Wibo Benedictus, Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

We enjoyed our stay very much and will tell friends about it. Thanks!

Doris & Reinhard Schydlo.

January 2015

Such beauty, peace. Great place, great people and stunning views.

Peter & Ronel Avery, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town

An exquisite environment. Superb service. We loved it!

Geoff & Hazel Cohen, Johannesburg

A beautiful rural retreat with such warm friendliness.

Adrian & Jenni Wright, UK

Wonderful place, both staff and food is fantastic. Thanx! See you :)

Mona & Ole Saether, Cape Town SA and Oslo Norway

Best unwinding place, lovely walks.

Lara & Greg Noel, Lenie Smith, Cape Town

What a wonderful place you have, enjoyed it very much. Baie dankie!

Ellen & Marco Sassen-Verstraaten, Netherlands

Newsflashes

The Bain Connection

In 1862, Adam de Smidt completed construction of the route through Seweweekspoort, down the now historic and breathtaking Bosch Luys Kloof pass and on through Bosch Luys Kloof valley to Prince Albert. His brother-in-law, the man with the theodolite eye, Thomas Bain and his friend Dr Atherstone travelled along this road in 1871. In July we were thrilled to host the Bain family; Peter, Alison, Elizabeth and Georgina Bain at Bosch Luys Kloof. 145 years after the great mountain pass builder Thomas Bain travelled this road on horseback, his great grandson and his family travelled this road to Bosch Luys Kloof lodge…on four rubberized wheels. Both Peter and Alison are qualified pilots, and although they thoroughly enjoyed driving down their ancestors pass, suggested a suitable location on the reserve for a small runway…the theodolite eye seems to have been inherited.

June 2016

Hiking, Trailrunning & MTB route - new

We are pleased to announce that we have recently completed a new trail for guests to enjoy. This latest one boasts some spectacular scenery, with viewpoints including one overlooking Bosch Luys Kloof River Canyon (one of our Big Five walks) and great views of Seweweekspoort peak (highest in Western Cape). There is a short circular version we have named 'Die Kruine' or 'The Crest' which is approx 4km, and then there is the longer version. We have dubbed this one 'To Moer and Gone', to compliment our 'To Hell n Gone' route ( The Beginning and The End ! ) The exact distance of this route from start to finish still needs to be ascertained, but roughly 10 km. A brilliant trail for both hikers and trailrunners alike, and dedicated possibly mountainbike (or downhill mountainbike) enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a few sections of the route on the saddle, though pushing or carrying will be necessary over other sections. Come and enjoy this new route.

July 2016

Our Big Five & fitness

A German couple, Dietrich and Isolde Stobwasser, had a wonderful and very active seven night stay with us in February. Because they had the time on hand they have had the pleasure of visiting all five of our Big Five viewpoints - the first guests to achieve this in one stay! They also hiked two of our 4x4 routes, Shepherds Trail and the Ox Wagon route and joined in on a guided Land Rover drive with our manager, Bruce, on the last of our 4x4 routes, To Hell n Gone! In addition to all this they went on early morning walks before breakfast almost daily!

And------- they have reached the respectable age of seventy…the 'new' fifty!

February 2016

Ford and the humble Gecko

Geckos frequently occur in thatch roofed houses. So they love Bosch Luys Kloof! Keeping unwanted insect numbers in check, they can be fun to watch…and now the mighty Ford Motor Co of the world is turning an interested eye towards them too!

Ford has been trying for years to find a solution to a re-cycling problem. The space between the often plastic interior parts of a motor car are filled with a type of sponge, which has to be glued in place for adhesion.

To separate the two for recycling is impossible - glue residue always remains. So they are investigating all possibilities to adhere the sponge to plastics without using glue, where the two separate easily when dissasembling.

In comes our Gecko! Ford has found that a gecko's toe pads need no moisture or surface tension to cling to most surfaces and also leave no residue!

So, through biomimicry, Ford is now developing a process to synthetically imitate the toe pads of Gecko's!

From : "Environment"

February 2016

Trailrunning

We hosted a freelance travel blogger and avid trailrunner at Bosch Luys Kloof recently. She crammed as many activities as possible into her short stay with us. On her day of arrival, a cycle trip to and back from Zoar (R62 turnoff) through the iconic Seweweekspoort and a guided nature drive through the reserve. Acclimatized, the following morning she did a trailrun along a shortened version of our Shepherds Trail 4x4 route before breakfast, and cycled to the Gamkapoortdam and back afterwards, managing to fit in some R & R upon her return to the lodge. The following morning before breakfast she trailran our challenging Wagon Route to Beaufort 4x4 track before breakfast, in 1.5hrs…a round trip which takes hikers up to 4hrs to complete from the lodge, and can take longer in a 4x4!

She rated Bosch Luys Kloof as a destination with wonderful MTB & trailrunning opportunities. Confirming the views expressed by other guests.

We are planning to open another route in 2016 that promises to be spectacular.

Keep going Taryn !!

January 2016

Honey Badger

Mid January our guide accompanied by four British guests paid a quick visit to our 'Wedding Koppie' to watch the sunrise on an early morning drive. Much to their surprise, they had just reached the top of the hill when a honey badger trotted slowly and defiantly past the front of the Land Rover. From their vantage point they were able to watch this tenacious little guy lope off down the hill and cross the road below before dissappearing behind a rocky outcrop. Honey badger at Bosch Luys Kloof is a rare sighting, especially in daylight.

January 2016

Eventually, rain

After a few days of intense heat and a hot beginning to 2016 in general, the clouds finally decided to break over our mountain fringed valley. On 23 January following a hot and humid morning, 44mm of rain bucketed down on Bosch Luys Kloof (measured at the lodge) within the space of half an hour! The Bosch Luys Kloof river came down, the Karoo Gold (Rhigozum obovatum) bushes were covered in flower within the week, and the air was filled with that beautiful smell of a wet Karoo!

January 2016

Kudu bulls

The sweet thorn (Acacia karroo) thickets are now yellow with blossom and the kudu bulls are moving amongst the cow herds at Bosch Luys Kloof. The bulls do not walk with the cows year round, but rather form bachelor groups for most of the year. They often move into the less frequented valleys outside of the breeding season, but from as early as October, and often until as late as April one stands a good chance of seeing some of the larger bulls walking with groups of cows in the river valley. The acacia seed pods provide power fodder for the kudu and the peak of their breeding period often coincides with the fruiting period of the sweet thorn.

December 2015

A hot December

'It's hot as Hades'…goes the old saying. Well this past December was a really hot one here next to "The Hell"! During December 2014 the mercury rose above 35°C only six times, December 2015 we had no less than fifteen days of temperatures reaching 35°C +, with the hottest day measured at 42°C in the semi-shade! The afternoon of 31 December offered some relief with 4.5mm of rain falling which brought the total for 2015 to 135mm, as a whole a very dry and warm year.

Our guests still enjoyed themselves as can be seen from the comments on our web and Tripadvisor. Our early mornings and late afternoons / evenings still very enjoyable as always.

January 2016

Elusive leopard

We noticed a fresh leopard spoor a couple of weeks ago on one of the drives through the sandy acacia and ganna veld along the dry Bosch Luys Kloof river bed. And behold, on 1 January 2016 returning from a late afternoon drive with seven guests the leopard showed herself! About one kilometre from the lodge shortly after viewing a group of kudu and a single red hartebeest with the spotlight, a pair of reddish eyes peered back at the group on the Land Rover from quite high up a north facing rocky slope. We stopped and watched a leopard, shoulder blades pointed upwards as she crawled, coming slowly down the slope and dissappearing amongst the acacia thicket.

The Cape Leopard is very shy and to spot them is a great experience, even to us.

Bruce - Manager & nature guide

January 2016

Parasitic birds

A regular summer visitor to Bosch Luys Kloof is the Didericks Cuckoo, a beautiful little bird but also a parasitic egg layer that targets amongst others the Cape Sparrow, Cape Wagtail, Red Bishop and Cape Weaver as a host species to incubate its young. Usually only one egg is laid in the nest of a suitable host species and one of the hosts eggs is also pushed out of the nest. The female lays even different sized and coloured eggs to imitate that of the hosts egg. The incubation period of the Didericks Cuckoo is always shorter than that of the host and the moment their chick has hatched it evicts the other eggs and enjoys the full attention of its adopted parents - with a plentiful supply of food! This emerald and white coloured bird can be seen early in the morning around the lodge from mid-October to late November- usually being chased away by a hardworking host pair.

Dam levels dropping

The water levels of the Gamkapoortdam on our eastern boundary have dropped considerably and the farmers downstream are asking for more water to be sent downstream. When this happens, a temporary land bridge will form between Bosch Luys Kloof and the adjacent properties. This will allow any antelope that might have crossed our fence a chance to cross the land bridge and disappear for ever.

Following a number of unsuccessful efforts we have finally managed to 'drive' the red hartebees and gemsbok that had been visiting next door, back through the fence into the safety of Bosch Luys Kloof. A bit more difficult than herding sheep!

Making the most of your visit

Matthias and Tanja Sager from Switzerland visited Bosch Luys Kloof during October. Having booked a three nights stay they intended to make the most of their time here and experience the most possible of what Bosch Luys Kloof has to offer. They opted for an early morning drive with our nature guide on day two returning for breakfast and a guided walk in the late afternoon returning to drinks and a delicious dinner. For their second full day they decided to go for a guided walk after breakfast, and then a late afternoon sundowner drive. Because of the amount of time spend out in the open they were fortunate to see a great variety of "inhabitants" on the reserve and to learn a few things about this unique part of the Karoo. Amongst others, more or less in order of appearance, they managed to spot the following: Burchells Zebra, Gemsbok, Kudu, Grey Rhebok, Steenbok, Black-backed Jackal, Eland, Rock Hyrax, Klipspringer, Cape Cobra, Leopard Tortoise, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Common Duiker, Ostrich, Puff adder, Springbuck, Rock Monitor Lizard, Red Hartebeest and Small-Spotted Genet. The Sagers really made the most of their three nights stay here and we hope to welcome them back to Bosch Luys Kloof!

October 2015

Seweweekspoort MTB

The past weekend of 2-4 October we played host to a number of cyclists taking part in the annual Seweweekspoort MTB challenge. With different categories to the event (20km, 40km and 80km amongst others) participants included mom, dad and children in many cases. An action packed weekend with two of our guests, husband and wife, ending 3rd and 2nd respectively in the 80km event. The families returned to the lodge after a day of cycling and nature drives to support the Sprinboks vs Scotland, and to get together for a delicious meal and social evening with friends.

September 2015

Springbok lambs and ostrich chicks

Springbuck typically prefer plains and flatter areas, for which Bosch Luys Kloof is not famous. The springbuck here are mostly restricted to the area between the lodge and Gamkapoort dam. Another factor limiting their numbers is the reserves predators which make an easy meal out of the springbuck and specifically their lambs : jackal, leopard and caracal mostly. This year things are looking up for the Springbuck. In the past few days we have noticed at least two groups with lambs. The ostriches had an equally difficult time raising their chicks in the past. Until now only 7 chicks have been successfully raised to adulthood; if the baboons don't steal their eggs then the predators catch the chicks. One breeding pair now boasts 9 chicks, and this pair isn't letting anything go without a fight! Our guide saw the male bird fiercely chase two other female birds far away from his brood of nine pint sized bundles of fluff, while the mother stayed with the chicks.

September 2015

2x2 taking on our 4x4 routes

Mark and Ashley Allderman from Cape Town and their two daughters, Rebecca and Caitlin, visited us in July.

Being a mountain bike enthusiast, Mark is used to using his two legs and two 27.5" wheels to explore nature and was keen to get stuck into some of the offroad trails the reserve has on offer.

As the To Hell n Gone 4X4 route has been conquered by many guests on mountain bikes, he decided to challenge the more challenging Shepherds Trail 4X4.

From the lodge, doing a round trip back to the lodge this route totals around 24kms, with around 14kms over some fairly rough 4x4 terrain, and the return along the main gravel road through the reserve.

Mark made it back in time for breakfast, smiling with a battle bruise here and there and rated this route as moderate and enjoyable.

The following day he took on our 'Wagon Route to Beaufort' 4x4 track, the most challenging of all our 4X4 routes( rating 5 ).

The full round trip starting and ending at the lodge is around 14km, with 9km along a serious stretch of 4x4 - and partly washed away by heavy rain in June .

Again he came back smiling - rating this route as challenging. He is the first cyclist visiting Bosch Luys Kloof to take on and complete both of these 4x4 routes on a mountain bike.

Well done Mark!

July 2015

Early spring flowers

In June Bosch Luys Kloof was blessed with 50 to 110 mm of rain in different areas and this has allowed the veld to take on some colour.

Last year this area experienced a relatively dry winter resulting in very few flowers in spring, but this year promises to be a lot more colourful.

The Karoo Gold (Rhigozum obovatum) are already covered in yellow blossoms, Gazania spp are popping up all over and the yellow and purple vygies too are starting to flower.

Even the 'Kruidjie Roer My Niet' flowers are starting to bud. And all the grasses and annuals as a result of the rain mean that the grazers (Gemsbok, Red Hartebeest etc) which had been forced up the slopes in search of palatable grasses last year, are now able to roam more freely throughout the reserve.

A follow up rain will be fantastic.

July 2015

Much needed rain has eventually fallen in June, and the veld is already greening up. Over various parts of the reserve we had between 65 and 110mm. The Bosluiskloof river ran full and strong and, with the addition of other tributaries and streams, certain roads etc. were naturally washed away! Nothing that can't be fixed however and a small price to pay for the welcome rain. We are blessed.

June 2015

We have undertaken the layout of a new bushroad for the guided drives along the southern foothills of the Hartmansberg in the eastern section of the reserve. Below this road, slightly further north runs the Vlakte Pad (Plains Road - one of the few 'flatter' sections of the reserve), but this new road would be more aptly named 'Undulating Road'. There are stunning views and a few challenging sections which are bound to spike the adrenalin! The road reaches further into a stretch of the reserve that will allow for views from a different perspective.

June 2015

We have transformed our salon, which wasn't the most practical use of the space, into a small reserve 'arts'-shop, where we produce and offer only authentic and carefully selected items. Also on offer are pieces inspired by the natural surroundings and from nature, created by the owners wife and staff. Worth a visit.

June 2015

The hall adjacent to the lodge, originally intended for small conferences and functions, is being transformed into an information and recreation centre. Focus will be placed on providing some interesting facts and information about the area and its fauna etc. We hope to also specifically create an area where children can keep themselves entertained. The goal is that parents can spend time with their children, learning, and enjoying them in the process.

June 2015

Our nature guide, Bruce Garven, has since been appointed as manager of the resort. He has proven his devotion to Bosch Luys Kloof and our guests in the past year and we are confident he will continue the good work. He has come to know the reserve well since his appointment as nature guide and his guided drives are especially popular amongst guests.

May 2015

Elusive leopard reveals itself

On 6 April two of our staff members joined me for an extended hike in in the Bosluiskloof river canyon in the remote western end of the reserve.

The trees along the fringes of the river bed are lush and small pools of water are dotted along the river bed as in drier periods.

We walked all the way to the western boundary fence, flushed a juvenile African Fish Eagle, found four Hamerkop nests, saw Klipspringer and Kudu, countless Eland droppings AND a fresh leopard scat. The leopard scat was full of klipspringer hair. On the return we were pleasantly surprised to find really fresh leopard tracks in soft sand next to a small pool of fresh water.

A kilometer or so further on there was a troop of baboons moving around on the steep left side of the canyon. A movement in the shade of the Karee trees on the right side of the river bed caught my eye and I halted everybody. It was the unmistakeable hindquarters of a leopard passing right in front of us, not more than 15m from where we were standing! We moved on after a while (looking back all the time) but as ever the elusive leopard had vanished.

The big cats are often closer than hikers realise.

Bruce - Nature Guide /Manager

April 2015

Drought

Karoo, likely derived from the Khoikhoi word garo meaning desert, also known as 'land of thirst'. This stretch of the Karoo is definitely undergoing a period of exceptional thirst. With no more than 155mm of rainfall in the last year this is one of the driest periods that Bosch Luys Kloof has experienced in the last 10 years.

The reserve is blessed with extended areas of Sweet thorn, Spekbos, Num-Num and other shrubs to provide fodder for all our game. Because of the sparse rain in the summer period our summer grasses fall short which affects grass eaters like the Red Hartebeest. We are now also frequently visited by foraging baboons around the lodge area, a kudu cow and a solitary porcupine also make nightly raids on the greener vegetation around the lodge! Cape Hares we have accepted as regular visitors for years now.

Fortunately our underground water is strong so that we haven't experienced any shortage in that regard.

We had more minutes of thunder than we had millimeters of rain in the last year!

Bruce - Nature Guide / Manager

April 2015

New Chef - Frederick Theron

Derick joined us in March taking over from Allouise who moved nearer to home and her fiancé to get her wedding plans in place.

Derick worked through the ranks of chef de partie, sous chef and head chef over the last 8 years at different lodges, restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, etc., and possesses extensive experience in kitchen management.

He worked mainly in the Clarens tourist area.

Derick has impressed us with his wide range of skills and fine touch in presenting beautiful food.

We are confident that he will make our guests happy !

Gerhard & Ans- owners

April 2015

Kudu calves

This stretch of the Karoo has had comparatively very little rain in the last year, but this hasn't stopped the Kudu from calving. Kudu are largely browsers, and the Sweet Thorn (Acacia karroo) is one of their most important sources of food. The success of this large antelope is largely due to the Sweet Thorn having a very deep penetrating taproot, which allows it to utilise water and nutrients deep underground. The acacias also provide shelter for the Kudu during the day, which due to their marvellous camouflage can disappear behind a small curtain of acacia branches. So despite the drought pushing the grazers higher up the mountain slopes in search of grasses, the acacia have remained green, flowered and produced seed pods in abundance and the Kudu are thriving as usual.

February 2015

Fire in the Western Cape

The Cape Peninsula has been a focal point on the news for the last few weeks with fire and smoke in abundance. But fynbos will burn, and indeed needs to burn. The southern stretch of the reserve is dominated by mountain fynbos and last burnt in the 1980's! Around the 4th of March a wildfire started on the mountains in Seweweekspoort, and burnt a large stretch of fynbos through the Poort, and was eventually pushed by the wind towards the southwestern boundary of the reserve. A stretch of land along the 'To Hell n Gone' 4X4 track that leads to the lookout point over Gamkaskloof ('Die Hel') was also caught in the fire, and although two of our water tanks were burnt to the ground, we are grateful for the fire. The fynbos in this area really needed a good burn, and we look forward to the nutrient replenished soils giving birth to a new growth of fynbos species in the coming months. About 500 Ha were completely burnt out.

The smoke over 'The Hell' (Gamkaskloof) was a talking point for our guests for the last few days.

February 2015

64 Species of Birds in a 2 night stay

A new "record" was set in January 2015 by guests long ago bitten by the birding bug. Dr Greg Noel, his wife Lara and mother-in-law Lenie Smith, stayed with us for two days in January and in this short timeframe identified 64 different bird species. They were up and looking en route to a bird hide each morning at 05h00!

January 2015

Little Swift taken to the air

Migratory Greater Striped Swallows chase favourable weather conditions around the world and every year these little guys arrive at the lodge and take to their old nests.

The Little Swift also frequently nest in urban areas and spend most of their life in the air, even drinking and catching insects on the wing.

We found a lost chick, not yet fledgling, outside the lodge one day, and our nature guide, Bruce, took on the role of mother! For close on two weeks Bruce collected insects each day and went through the painstaking process of feeding these gently to the Little Swift.

After painstakingly rearing the youngster, the fledgling Bosch-Luysie one day started stretching his wings in his box, and Bruce took him outside. He flapped a few times, looked back, took off and joined the other Swifts in the dusk to catch his own insects and hopefully find a mate in the future!

January 2015

Elusive Eland

We have now spotted a group of Eland again on the western stretch of the reserve, closer to the river valley. We counted 13, 3 of which are calves. The Eland typically stick to the hills and koppies of the northern end of the reserve seeing as they don't need to drink water every day and also browse off the Spekboom (high moisture content). There are two major reasons for this: they have calved and being near water is necessary for the cows and also the Acacia karroo seed pods are abundant on the trees.

January 2015

Prince Charles and the Queen

Welcoming interesting guests from over the world is always an enjoyable experience. In December we welcomed Prince Charles's manager of his Estates, gardens, farming, etc who participated in a motor cycle tour in South Africa.

Just as interesting was another guest in January who retired from his business of doing tourism charters over the world who entertained the Queen of England on one of his charters.

January 2015

What is the sustainable value of an advertisement?

We learned an interesting lesson from guests that visited us in December. We always try to establish how guests learned of our existence - the reserve being so remote.

The Avery's told us they have kept an advert/article about us which they first read some three years ago and decided they want to visit us one day!

Great going Peter & Ronel!

January 2015

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