Bosch Luys Kloof Activities
Only available to guests residing at Bosch Luys Kloof
With various nature drives that includes our Big Five look out points and cover many kilometers, Bosch Luys Kloof offers guests the excitement of discovering special Karoo plants and enjoy beautiful vistas, endemic game and a diversity of bird species. Nature drives are enjoyed in open Land Rovers and usually takes 2.5 hours.
It includes some interesting historical routes that tell stories of times long past. A short climb to a cave with San rock art can also be visited en-route.
The walks were carefully developed to give visitors a broad exposure to the many of nature’s wonders.
The routes differ in grading and can take from 2.5 to 4 hours to complete. Some have to be undertaken with a guide and the choice of the day can only be made here taking cognizance of the weather and nature’s elements.
You may however also talk to us about easy walk-abouts that you can do on your own.
Our scenic 4x4 routes/trails are also open to guests who love hiking and who would want to explore other parts of the reserve.
• Hiking & Trailrunning route - "To Moer 'n Gone" - NEW!
We have recently completed a great new trail in our south-western region. This latest route boasts truly spectacular scenery, vegetation types, etc. with viewpoints including one overlooking the Bosch Luys Kloof River Canyon, views of the Seweweekspoort Peak of the Swartberg (highest in Western Cape) and down over the reserve to GamkaPoort Dam. There is a short circular version we have named 'Die Kruine' or 'The Crest', which is a circular route of approx 4km back to the starting point.
And then there is the longer version, 'To Moer and Gone', so named to compliment our 'To Hell n Gone' route (The Beginning and The End!) following mountain highs and valleys down in the direction of the lodge. The exact distance of this route from start to finish still needs to be ascertained, but roughly 10km.
A brilliant trail for both hikers and trailrunners alike, and possibly a very adventurous mountainbike (or downhill mountainbiker ) enthusiast. Pushing or carrying will be however be necessary over quite a few sections.
• The Adventure Walk - "Con se Pad"
Guests are already filling their days doing walks/strolls on e.g. our beautiful 4x4 vehicle routes.
Best is to discuss with us when to do the walk and also so that you do not miss out on our nature drives! As with all walks on the reserve you have to do a check-in / check-out.
Scenic 4x4 Routes
Our 4x4 routes are developed to be an enjoyable, scenic experience for the whole family to experience nature and the landscape.
Our aim is to offer a scenic trail/route with some historical significance over each of the three main different vegetation areas and landscape types on the reserve to our guests.
i) Our first "To Hell and Gone" route that opened in 2009 is already well known to guests from across the world. It covers the southern parts of the reserve and streches over a mountain fynbos area with beautiful views of the Swartberge. It ends at a look-out point over the well-known "The Hell"/Gamkakloof at the top end of the historical "Ladder" footpath. The scenery from there is spectacular.
• From the lodge and back is ± 35km.
ii) In 2011 we opened the "Shepherd's Trail" that stretches along the northern parts of the reserve. It covers many differen koppies, kloofs, riverbeds, riverbush etc in our Nama - karoo environment. It also offers beautiful views and scenery in all directions, ending eventually at the Gamkapoort Dam. Game such as Eland, Gemsbok, Kudu, Springbok and Grey Rhebuck can be spotted along the way.
• From the lodge and back is +-24km.
iii) Our third and probably the most beautiful route, the "Wagon Route to Beaufort" stretches over many little kloofs, water drainages, koppies, etc. in the typical Karoo valley bushveld in the middle parts of the reserve. It is much more challenging but also a special experience. We have challenged it four times now with our Land Rover Defender and 4x4 enthusiasts can come to enjoy it now. Only 4x4's with low range and diff. locks are capable of the challenge. You also need a navigator.
These routes are also open to our guests for hiking.
Refer also to the history section.
Mountain Biking and Trail Running
Our guests can also enjoy the beauty of Bosch Luys Kloof on a Mountain bike ride. Bring your own
bike - and all you may need - and discover the unique Karoo landscapes and vistas.
The reserve is growing in popularity with riders. Riders enjoy the safety of private roads and tracks. Extreme riders challenge our 4x4 routes with great excitement.
Same with trail runners. We are planning the extension and improvement of the Jeep and single tracks.
Hiking, Trailrunning & MTB route - new
We are pleased to announce that we have recently completed a new trail for guests to enjoy. This latest one boasts some spectacular scenery, with viewpoints including one overlooking Bosch Luys Kloof River Canyon (one of our Big Five walks) and great views of Seweweekspoort peak (highest in Western Cape).
There is a short circular version we have named 'Die Kruine' or 'The Crest' which is approx 4km, and then there is the longer version. We have dubbed this one 'To Moer and Gone', to compliment our 'To Hell n Gone' route ( The Beginning and The End ! ).
The exact distance of this route from start to finish still needs to be ascertained, but roughly 10 km. A brilliant trail for both hikers and trailrunners alike, and dedicated possibly mountainbike (or downhill mountainbike) enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a few sections of the route on the saddle, though pushing or carrying will be necessary over other sections. Come and enjoy this new route.
Water sport and Freshwater angling
Guests can do some paddling in a canoe or kayak in the Gamkapoort Dam right on our border. Its
surface area is 600 hectares when full! Seasonal fresh water angling can be done as well, mostly
bass and carp.
There are a variety of birds on the Dam and it offers a wonderful opportunity to view the three main rock formations of the Cape Supergroup folded and twisted into layers.
No motorboats or jet skis are allowed on the Dam that is managed by Cape Nature.
From the stoep of the lodge or the decks or stoeps of their chalets guests can explore the Southern night skies, enjoying the constellations and examining the stars with only the help of a pair of binoculars. Bosch Luys Kloof is far from any air pollution and city lights that could spoil a stargazing experience. The number of clear sky nights on the Reserve is by far in the majority.
The peaceful atmosphere of the Lodge, chalets, enjoyable nature drives, bar deck with views over the bush and mountains, cool water of the swimming pool, excellent cuisine and wine will make you relax completely. Doing nothing is an option well entertained!
Big Five Lookout Points
Visit Bosch Luys Kloof and experience our unique Big Five...something very few people experienced before! Depending on the length of your visit you can visit one or more while you enjoy your nature drive.
We have carefully selected the top five lookout points on the Reserve to compile Bosch Luys Kloof’s Big Five. Every look out point is unique with a charm of its own. The views are really special and will imprint images in your mind that will linger on for long after your visit!
Things to do in the vicinity of Bosch Luys Kloof
During your stay you can explore some interesting Passes, Kloofs and scenic routes. Seweweekspoort and Huisrivier Pass both hold beautiful geological secrets and Route 62 offers a variety of road stalls, restaurants and bars. Discover our local towns and villages and experience true Karoo hospitality and warmth. Ladismith offers excellent local wines and cheese and Calitzdorp is well known as the Port Capital. You can also learn more about the old Mission Station and Lutheran Church at Amalienstein or about the agriculture activities in the local Vleiland area where farmers produce fruit, lucerne, vegetable seeds and livestock like sheep and ostriches.
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