We recently spent a few nights of our winter family holiday at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve. The Reserve is only a 4-hour scenic drive from Cape Town and is a malaria free area.
Botlierskop Private Game Reserve
Botlierskop Private Game Reserve is a family owned and privately operated game reserve. It is home to an abundance of animal and bird life including 4 of the Big 5. The Reserve is situated between the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains and unspoiled beaches of the Indian ocean, in the heart of the Garden Route.
There are lots of activities to keep you and the family busy. These include Game Viewing, Spa Treatments, Elephant Back Rides, Horseback Safaris and Helicopter Flights. There are also Conference Facilities, African Safari Weddings, Day visitor facilities, as well as a memorable dining experience in their African style restaurant.
Our accommodation for the three nights was a luxury family tent, with an en-suite bathroom. The only downside was the shower was outside and being the middle of winter showering outdoors was not an option! The tent was extremely luxurious and very well-appointed, heated blankets made the cold weather almost bearable! We also had a private deck, with raised wooden walkways connecting our tent to the Main Lodge.
The Main Lodge has a spacious lounge and is also home to Fireplace Restaurant, which leads to the outside open wooden deck. The food was delicious, with rather exotic things like Crocodile Tail on the menu – yes I did try it and I am still alive!
Guests can also choose from 7 en-suite rooms, located in The Manor House. The Manor House has a pool and guests can make use of the Lodge Facilities, including the Fireplace Restaurant.
Self-Catering Bush Villas, are 27km from the Main Lodge and operate separately. Access to the Villas is via the Greatbrak River. Fully furnished Villas offer scenic Western Cape Safari views over the waterhole. Villas include indoor and outdoor fireplaces, three en-suite bedrooms, as well as an open-plan dining room, kitchen and lounge. Superior Villas have a private splash pool as well.
I would highly recommend a visit to Botlierskop, especially if like us it is your first family safari experience! I will share a few of our game drive photographs in a future post.
Photography: FAR Photography