Bosch Luys Kloof is a place where animals roam freely, where wild flowers grow abundantly in the sunshine and where people come to feel rejuvenated and reenergised by the soul-filled surrounds.There’s no hustle or bustle – no malaria, no traffic, no pollution, no powerlines – only Mother Nature.
Bosch Luys Kloof Private Nature Reserve is located on the northern slopes of the Swartberg mountain range and includes the foothills of the Groot Swartberg.
Besides the western entrance, the whole of the Reserve is surrounded by other nature reserves. To the south, lies the well-known Gamkaskloof (“Die Hel”), on the eastern border is the Gamkapoort Dam, and to the north, the Elands and Blouberge.
Bosch Luys Kloof falls on the border of the Klein (Little) and Groot (Great) Karoo. Only 4km south-west of the entrance gate is the beautiful and well-known Seweweekspoort.
When it comes to historic heritage and story-filled destinations, rich geology, fascinating fossils, botanical value, scenic beauty, a wealth of wildlife and more, Bosch Luys Kloof is packed to the brim. There are many different sedimentary formations running through the area, as well as lively changes in soil and vegetation, year-round.
To encounter animals during a visit to the Reserve counts as a true wildlife experience, as all of them are free and live naturally off the veld. Currently, the Reserve is home to a myriad of species, including baboons, bucks, porcupines, rabbits, hares, foxes, jackals, zebras, leopards, wild cats, monkeys, badgers and birds of every feather.
Accommodation options at Bosch Luys Kloof include four large luxury couples’ chalets, two spacious open-plan family chalets and four self-catering family chalets – making it perfect for group stays. There is also a guesthouse big enough for eight, complete with four en-suite bedrooms, two lounge areas, an indoor dining area, fireplace, large patio with built-in braai and, of course, outstanding views.
Expect delicious meals inside the Bosch Luys Kloof dining room, as resident cooks create proudly local menus and great tasting experiences for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The bar area offers another special gathering spot for guests, with a wooden deck overlooking the bush – perfect for sundowners – a waterhole and pool area, plus satellite TV for those not-be-missed kick-offs and race starts.
Other than the usual weekend getaways, Bosch Luys Kloof lends itself to teambuilding events, strategy sessions and small conferences in an inspiring and rejuvenating setting, thanks to a comfortable conferencing facility for up to 20 delegates.
Bosch Luys Kloof is also a popular destination for intimate weddings and other special occasions, with exclusive use of the lodge an option, complete with a personalised program developed around all the facilities and activities available.
Luys Kloof offers a host of activities too – from guided nature drives to hiking, biking, running, birdwatching or simply meandering and relaxing in the great outdoors with a picnic and a good book for company.
Bosch Luys Kloof offers its own local version of Spain’s Camino de Santiago, called ‘The Karomino’, where hikers of all abilities can embark on a week of walking and spiritual reflection along the many trails marked out within the Reserve – returning every day to the lodge for a hearty meal and a comfy bed.
Mountain bikers eager to discover the landscapes and vistas unique to the Karoo can enjoy the safety of private roads and tracks, while extreme riders can challenge the Reserve’s energising 4×4 routes.
Keen nature photographers, whether novice or pro, should definitely add Bosch Luys Kloof to their list of must-visit ‘shoot’ locations. Think majestic sunrises and sunsets, animals and plants in their natural habitat, pristine landscapes, unparalleled views – the list of incredible photo opportunities really is endless.
And if you’re looking for a ‘stellar’ stargazing experience, unspoilt by city lights and hazy skies, simply look up on a clear night at Bosch Luys Kloof and you’ll be dazzled by the magnificent brilliance that is the uninterrupted Karoo sky.
is through the comments made by visitors:
“Honestly, Bosch Luys Kloof is the hidden gem we will keep coming back to. Whether you spend your time by the pool, sitting in the bird hides, going on hikes or enjoying the stunning scenery from the chalets, you will feel like you are in another world.”