- Boutique, owner-run nature lodge
- Rainforest & unspoilt beaches
- Excellent location at tip of Osa Peninsula
- Wildlife rich area, animals 'up close'
Bosque Del Cabo is a superb, owner-run eco-lodge near the very tip of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. It lies some 500 feet above sea level perched on the rugged, weather beaten cliffs of Cabo Matapalo and overlooks the point at which the waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Golfo Dulce meet. This charming and characterful lodge has a friendly, personal feel and is located within its own private reserve which encompasses some 750 acres of unspoiled rainforest. The owners have always worked hard to promote conservation efforts in the local area and there’s a huge range of water and land-based activities to enjoy.
The accommodation comprises classic thatched-roof bungalows with ocean views, bungalows with garden views and larger, well-appointed rental homes. All of them come with an outdoor shower and a private terrace with a seating area and hammock, along with an en-suite bathroom and ceiling fans. Natural materials were used during the construction, allowing the lodge to blend into its rainforest setting.
Some of the activities on offer are gentle and chilled out in nature, while others are more adventurous and can even be quite physically challenging. For those into wildlife and nature, it’s possible to explore the numerous hiking trails in the area, to visit an animal sanctuary, take an all-day trip to Corcovado National Park, or a boat trip across the Golfo Dulce and up a river that’s recommended for birdwatchers. The Casa Orquideas, home to one of the region’s oldest and most impressive botanical gardens, is also well worth a visit. For those looking for more active experiences, there are ambitious hiking trails, surfing lessons and the chance to go tree climbing or even waterfall rappelling. Those who stay here are encouraged to explore the area at their own pace. Some of the hiking trails lead down to the beaches, which are blissfully deserted most of the time.
The hotel’s pool has a tropical feel to it thanks its landscaping, with many lush trees and plants nearby. There’s a full-service bar with a lounge area close by, with plenty of cool, refreshing drinks listed on the menu. The restaurant serves three meals a day and has a small library where weekly conservation talks by guest speakers are held. All food is prepared from scratch, with ingredients sourced locally and equal focus on both national and international dishes. Dinners are served at set times and there are packed lunches available for those out on excursions. The gift shop has a range of curios and crafts fashioned by locals for sale. Also on-site is a secluded, open spa area set in a small forest clearing. Here, manicures, pedicures, massages and reflexology treatments are all available.
Children are welcome to stay at the lodge. Parents are advised to keep an eye on younger ones at all times since the lodge is set out in the open rainforest. There is a babysitting service, though note that it does cost a little extra and most of the babysitters only speak Spanish.
- Eco-friendly rainforest lodge
- Great midrange option
- Water and land-based adventure activities
- Plenty of accommodation options
- Remote rainforest location
- Complete immersion in nature
- Superb luxury accommodation
- Waterfalls, hiking, surfing, kayaking
- Simple tented cabins, great value
- Idyllic beachside eco-lodge
- Adjacent to Corcovado National Park
- Birdwatching, night hikes, turtle watching
- Tranquil rainforest eco-lodge
- Restaurant, bar, yoga, massages
- Dolphin watching, deep-sea fishng
- Zip wiring, horse riding, kayaking
- Luxurious Ecolodge
- Rainforest & Ocean Wildlife Activities
- Gorgeous Swimming Pool
- Complimentary SUP & Kayaks
- Excellent midrange choice
- Stunning Osa Peninsula location
- Kayaking, diving, snorkelling
- Fishing, rainforest zip wires, horse riding
Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again
Godfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023