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.
• To Moer & Gone
This is a great new trail in our south-western region. This 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.
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.
A brilliant trail for both hikers and trailrunners alike.
• The Adventure Walk - "Con se Pad"
This hike starts at the lodge, cover some foothills going east to the “Prammetjie “ that can be recognised from the lodge. Behind the Prammetjie is a waterhole and birdhide to enjoy before you return on the northern side of the river back (westernly) to the lodege. A great short walk.
• The Historic Route
An interesting walk going westernly from the lodge. There are some 15 marked items referring to old days charms, e.g. threshing circles, San cave, etc
• 4 x 4 routes for hiking
Guests are already filling their days doing hikes on our beautiful 4x4 vehicle routes as well! The popular ones are The Wagon Route and The Shepherds Trail.
Scenic 4x4 Drives
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.
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.
A visit to Bosch Luys Kloof takes you out of the hustle & bustle of the city life. The reserve situated at the end of a cul de sac, also offers complete peace & quiet if that is what you seek. Our lack of cellphone connectivity is a bonus! Sound travels far in these quiet surroundings and guests do not want to hear other’s conversations.
To enjoy the stillness opens your mind to the inner self and spiritual growth.
To enhance this experience we have developed two special experiences.
The spiritual walkway
This is short walk up a hillside beyond the chalets that will take you through six stages of a universal prayer. You end up overlooking the valley and can ponder there for a while with your own thoughts. The guiding map is at our reception. A great start to a new day.
The petite chatres labyrinth
The little labyrinth is close to the lodge as well. The design is some 800 years old, originating in France. It comprises 7 circles.
The four elements - east, north, west & south – are aimed at elevating your awareness of Excitement, Inspiration, Joy & Contentment …in that order.
An explanatory leaflet is at our reception.
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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