Bosch Luys Kloof is situated in the Karoo, a part of the Western Cape region of the Republic of South Africa.
The two access routes to the Reserve are either via the N1 between Cape Town and Johannesburg or Route 62 between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn.
From the N1 you turn off towards Seweweekspoort/Calitzdorp/Oudtshoorn in the centre of Laingsburg which is approximately 250km from Cape Town. Reaching the entrance to Seweweekspoort after about 80km you take the small road running east towards Gamkapoort Dam. You will reach our entrance gate after 4km.
When taking Route 62 from Cape Town you travel past Ladismith which is 330km from Cape Town for approximately 20km. Inbetween Zoar and Amalienstein take the turn off to the left towards Seweweekspoort/Laingsburg. Drive through the Seweweekspoort to its northern entrance and take the immediate small road to the right towards Gamkapoort Dam. About 4km after turning you will reach our entrance gate.
The road to Gamkapoort Dam is a dead-end road leading you into the reserve automatically. From the entrance gate to the Lodge is approximately 9km. The gates to the Lodge are on your left and clearly visible.
Visit us via various access routes over passes and poorts of your choice and finally through Seweweekspoort and the Bosluiskloof Pass and valley bush area for an unequalled nature experience.
Scenic Routes to Bosch Luys Kloof
To make your traveling experience to - or from - Bosch Luys Kloof even more interesting we
added a few scenic routes, mostly roads less traveled, here under. Much depends on your time schedule.
Do investigate the possible routes carefully before you challenge them. Our descriptions are very brief.
Traveling from Cape Town and surroundings
You can follow Route 62 - Paarl, Worcester to Oudtshoorn - and enjoy lovely scenery, food, wine and
interesting stalls and restaurants on the way. Having passed Ladismith you turn left into Seweweekspoort.
If you wish to travel along the N2 you can reach Route 62 via Riversdale while enjoying beautiful
scenery and witnessing changes in vegetation from coastal Fynbos to Karoo veld as you travel along
Garcia Pass. This pass took Thomas Bain six years to build and was opened in 1877 and upgraded in 1963
to its current state.
Alternatively you can also travel via Swellendam to Route 62 via Suurbraak and cross the breathtaking
Tradouw Pass - The Poort of the Women - which Thomas Bain completed in 1873. Graham Ross quoted in his
book The Romance of Cape Mountain Passes (2003) “Tradouw Pass.may safely claim to be
The N1 is a faster option and to give it an extra twist you can consider two detours. Turn to the
Witteberge (to the right) approximately 54 kilometers after passing Touws River. This gravel road
will lead you onto the tarred road a few kilometers outside Laingsburg, passing through Vleiland to
Seweweekspoort. It changes to a dirt road later on. After you hit the dirt road there is a Rouxpos
turnoff to the right that will again bring you back to the main road.
From the Garden Route
Traveling from the Garden Route one can choose the Robinson Pass - Mossel Bay to Oudtshoorn - or the
Outeniqua Pass - George to Oudtshoorn. Departing from Oudtshoorn you can travel directly to Calitzdorp
or take the Cango Caves/Prince Albert road which leads in a northern direction. Turn west (left) before
you reach the Cango Caves on the Kruisriver Road to Calitzdorp and back on Route 62. From Calitzdorp you
cross the Huisrivier Pass and turn into Seweweekspoort at Amalienstein.
From Mossel Bay you can follow the R 327, a road definitely less travelled! This road will take you
through the Langeberg Mountain Range, over the Gouritz River and through the villages of Herbertsdale
and Van Wyks Dorp and back onto Route 62 to Ladismith.
Visitors from Gauteng can visit Prince Albert just off the N1 after passing Beaufort West and challenge
the Swartberg Pass. Shortly after the Pass the Kruisrivier Road turns off to the right to Calitzdorp.
According to G. Ross (2003) the Swartberg Pass was the last of many passes Thomas Bain build and was
officially opened in 1888 after five years of construction. The pass was also declared a National
Monument in 1988. At Calitzdorp you take Route 62 towards Ladismith.
From the N1 turning to the left shortly after Beaufort West) on to the N12 you can also explore
Meiringspoort which is similar to Seweweekspoort regarding the rock formations of the Great
Swartberg Mountains through which it finds its way. In just 223 working days Andrew Bain,
Thomas Bain’s father, and 93 hired labourers completed the poort which was officially opened on
3 March 1858. Shortly after the Poort you will reach the beautiful little town “De Rust”
from where you travel to Oudtshoorn and further on via Route 62.
The N9 is another beautiful road to travel if you would like to explore parts of the Great Karoo and
the Eastern Cape whilst cutting out the N1. This road leads through towns like Graaff Reinet, Willowmore