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Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

Named after a spectacular rock formation which was used as a landmark in the 1700s, Botlierskop Tented Lodge and Manor House lies next to the Moordkuil River in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains.

From the restaurant’s deck and communal pool area, perched high on the hill, guests can enjoy game-spotting all year round.

Bush Villas, the self catering accommodation can be found on its own reserve in Great Brak, about 35 minutes away. Whether you’re seeking a fun family adventure or a special romantic getaway, Botlierskop offers something for everyone.

Facilities & Activities

With 4 of the Big 5 on the reserve, guests can enjoy a plethora of bush activities which operate from the Tented Lodge Day Centre; choose from morning and afternoon game drives, riding safaris and bush walks. You can even walk with lions.

In between game drives, why not relax in one of the deck-chairs at the main pool, from which you can soak in the valley views before taking a dip to cool off. Botlierskop’s Spa is situated on the river-bank and offers an array of treatments. For outdoor exercise, there are tennis courts open for hire throughout the day. Reception will gladly assist with activity and restaurant reservations.

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Dining

The Fire Place Restaurant situated on a small hill at Tented Lodge overlooks the valley with wrap-around glass balustrades enhancing the uninterrupted views.

Rooms

Tented Lodge
Each of the 17 colonial-style tents offer a four-poster double bed and en-suite bathroom with indoor bath and outdoor shower. The Luxury Tents are set back with partial views of the river and surrounding mountains. Deluxe Tents are closer to the river with stunning bushveld and river views. Executive Tents have a separate lounge and their own splash pool, whilst Family Tents include three sofa-beds in a separate lounge for up to 3 children (no splash pool). Each Suite includes a mini-bar, nespresso coffee machine, dual electric blanket, heater/air-con and your own private deck with chairs. All are connected by a wooden walkway and lead directly to the main restaurant and communal rim-flow pool. A golf caddy is readily available for added convenience.

Manor House
Dating back to the 1800s and with just 7 rooms, there is a sense of charm and exclusivity. The Manor House is located separately, away from the main communal areas, and looks directly onto Botlierskop safari plains with its own rim-flow pool. Luxury Rooms offer views across the field, which is frequently visited by plains game. Rooms include an en-suite bathroom with shower, TV and patio. Stable Rooms are located behind the Manor near to the stables, with partial views across the plains, an en-suite bathroom with bath & shower, and a patio, but there is no TV.

Bush Villas
The latest addition to Botlierskop are the 6 tucked-away, self-catering villas immersed in nature. On arrival, you’ll travel by safari vehicle to your room. The 2 Bedroom Villas (sleeping 4) overlook a small, yet active, waterhole and include a master bedroom and loft twin room for children, a cool splash-pool and BBQ area. The Luxury 3 Bedroom Villa, which sleeps 6, enjoys its own wooden deck with Jacuzzi and BBQ area with water-hole views. The main bedroom, with studio bedroom and loft room are all en-suite. The Superior 3 Bedroom Villa (sleeps 6) includes a splash-pool and enjoys magnificent views across the waterhole. Villas are spacious and fully-equipped with all you need for a ‘home-away-from-home’ bush experience. All villas include aircon, kitchen, outdoor fire-pit, indoor fireplace, lounge with TV and landline.

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Family

Children aged 6yrs+ are allowed at the Tented Lodge. Luxury Tents can accommodate 1 extra bed, or for larger families the Executives Tents sleep up to 2 children under 12 years.

At Manor House, children aged 6yrs+ are welcome. Family Rooms offer a separate lounge with 2 sleeper couches, patio, TV and views across the safari plains.

For larger families there are the 3 bedroom self catering Bush Villas.

Sustainability

Botlierskop has an alien-vegetation removal programme which, in addition to creating 15 new employment opportunities, helps to reduce water wastage and protect the biodiversity of the land. Invasive alien plants can use as much as 1000 litres of water per day.

Their solar panels currently generate 30% of the daily power needs of the Tented Lodge, with more being added each year; their aim is to soon be completely off-grid. The toilet paper at Botlierskop is made of post-industrial sugarcane waste and FSC-certified wood fibre, which means no indigenous forests are harmed in its production and no chlorine is used in the bleaching process.

They have formed an alliance with the AWCF (African Wildlife Conservation Foundation), in order to enhance conservation in Africa with specific attention given to special-needs projects. All donations, as well as funds generated from Veterinary Safari procedures done at Botlierskop, are channelled to the AWCF projects fund.

Location

Approximately 4.5 hours from Cape Town Botlierskop lies between Mossel Bay and George. The lodge is accessible from the R62 or Garden Route with a short 16km of gravel road to the welcome gate. The Bush Villas are accessed via Great Brak approx. 27km away from the main lodge.

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