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In ancient footsteps

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It's been voted one the world's best hotels to splurge on, and it's easy to see why. Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat (kloof means 'gorge' in Afrikaans) is a five-star ecological oasis, set in vast open plains, among deep ravines and prehistoric rock formations, in the shade of the Cederberg Mountains, South Africa.

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It's a colonial-style lodge with modern amenities, plus its own resident archeologist. The reason for that is that it's surrounded in 18,500 acres of nature reserve, which is home to over 130 Bushmen rock art sites.

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During the Stone Age, one of the oldest human civilizations, the San, roamed this region, creating art under overhanging cliffs and inside caves. These sites, as well as the flora and fauna surrounding them, have been meticulously preserved.

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To this end, the hotel have appointed Siyakha Mguni its resident archaeologist and curator. His job is to record, document and research all the rock art sites in the reserve and train Bushmans Kloof's guides in current rock art analysis and interpretation. They, in turn, offer daily guided tours to hotel guests.

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The hotel itself is comprised of a main lodge, with 16 suites, while the new, smaller, Koro Lodge offers two bedrooms, with a kids loft – perfect for families. Additional features include a spa, outdoor massage area, four pools, a botanical garden, a herb garden, heritage center, and a private airstrip. RM

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Images: Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat

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  • Pierre van Eck

    May 11, 2009

    Thanks for highlighting the Bushmans Kloof and Wilderness … it is indeed a lovely region! Congratulations also on some fine articles throughout; I’ve added you to my blogroll at navigationz.wordpress.com/ and look forward to reading more.

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