- Family owned private reserve
- Extensive grounds, two pools, spa, tennis
- Range of accommodation options
- Guided walks, fishing, canoeing, horseriding
Botlierskop Private Game Reserve is a family run establishment located in the picturesque Garden Route area of South Africa’s Western Cape. This extensive property stands midway between Mossel Bay and George, with the imposing Outeniqua Mountains providing a spectacular backdrop. The vast 4,000-hectare reserve is home to abundant wildlife including lion, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, rhino, and the rare black impala, along with over 200 species of birds. A range of stylish accommodation options are offered, along with two restaurants, two swimming pools, a spa and tennis courts.
The main lodge nestles on a hillside with panoramic views of the Moordkuil River and surrounding bush. Communal areas include an expansive open plan lounge and ‘Fireplace’ restaurant. Outside is a substantial wooden deck where barbeques, and drum and dance performances take place. A second restaurant, the Bellevue serves lunch and dinner with an a la carte menu and regular buffets and barbeques. The lodge has a lovely heated infinity pool overlooking the valley below, whilst a second unheated pool at the manor house has lovely views of the surrounding plains, a great spot for glimpsing the resident wildlife. There is a floodlit tennis court on site, and a tranquil riverside spa. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the main lodge, although note there is no reception in private guest suites.
Activities include game drives in the extensive reserve, guided walks, fishing, canoeing, and tennis. Evening and private game drives can be arranged, subject to additional cost. Horseback safaris are available for all riding levels, (a minimum age of 6 years applies) whilst more experienced riders can enjoy exhilarating horseback game viewing rides.
The reserve offers several accommodation options. 21 elegant tented suites enjoy a lovely riverside location, shaded by trees and connected to the main lodge by elevated timber walkways. Each colonial style suite comprises a four-poster bed draped with a mosquito net, a comfortable lounge area and a contemporary bathroom with a freestanding bathtub and indulgent outdoor shower. All suites have air conditioning and heating, a telephone, minibar, and hot drink facilities. Outside is a private decked terrace with lovely views of the river and mountains. Several units boast a private splash pool.
A short walk from the main lodge, the original Manor House offers seven ensuite rooms, each with double or twin beds draped with mosquito nets, a cosy lounge area, and a bathroom with shower, or with both bath and shower. Outside is a pleasant patio area with seating.
Located on the northern side of the reserve, Kleinvlei Village Lodge comprises seven properties, some dating back to the 1800s. These 2, 3, and 4-bedroom houses offer traditional, country-style bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, and are great for families or groups. Outside is a tranquil patio with garden or valley views.
Last but not least, there are eight self-catering Bush Villas located in a peaceful spot 27km from the main lodge, close to a waterhole popular with hippo and buffalo. Each villa has an open plan kitchen, dining, and lounge area, and three ensuite bedrooms. Several come with a private splash pool.
Families are extremely welcome at Botlierskop. The tented suites and manor house rooms can accommodate guests over six years of age on sofa beds in the lounge areas, whilst the self-catering bush villas and the Kleinvlei Village houses are suitable for children of all ages. There is a children’s playground on site, and the two swimming pools will appeal to guests of all ages. A kids’ activity programme includes guided nature walks, catch and release fishing, face painting, pony rides, and kids’ spa treatments.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019