I stayed at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve for 2 nights and was blown away by the beauty of the Reserve from the moment we entered the gate. The grounds are just beautiful; the main building is stunning, homely and warm all at the same time. The staff were always ready to assist with a smile, no matter how difficult or fussy the guests got. I personally give the Reserve 6 stars if that was possible. Sure this style and comfort comes at a price, but it really is worth it. (Just in case you have little kids let me warn you that they only take children from the age of 6 as sleep over guests, but all ages are welcome in the Day Visitors section.)
My room was a very luxury tent with a stunning view from the balcony.
You also have your own bathroom (with an outdoor shower for summer… I was not brave enough to try it out in the cold so soaked in the oval bath instead) The cold is no problem as you have a heater, electric blanket and a decanter of sherry to chase away that cold. All the luxuries are there for you… air conditioner, coffee bar, mini fridge bar, gown, slippers….. Its a little heaven to relax at when not busy with one of the activities.
There are quite a few activities to choose from: Guided Game Drives | Horseback Safaris | Elephant Back Rides | Elephant Feeding | Guided Bush Trails | Walking with African Lions | Canoeing | Tennis | Fishing, or just treat yourself to a pampering at the Bush Spa. It is advisable to book in advance so that you can actually do one of the trips when you arrive there and get straight into that holiday feeling 🙂
Dinner and Breakfast were buffet style and I didn’t walk away hungry. Dinner consists of; Soup, starters, sorbet, salad, starch, meat, vegetables, pudding… Our Venison streak was prepared by the chef, while we watched and chatted to the staff. There was also fish, chicken and crocodile for those that don’t eat red meat.
And of course wine at the beautiful (huge) fireplace is a good way to end the evening chatting to others. Or if you prefer, you can go play some drums outside around the fire.
Breakfast the next morning was also very relaxed with a little visitor in one of the roof top windows to watch over us. As we had nothing booked until mid morning and it was just to cold to go sit in a pool (even though it was heated), we sat watching the monkeys playing in the bushes and took a stroll around the camp. Sadly we did not have time for the Guided Bush trail / hike.
Mid morning we were taken down to the Elephants to feed the big boy and his son. The Mommy Elephant was a bit sick so she and the baby were left to rest. The little baby did however pop in to pay us a very short visit and stay for some food. What a special feeling it is to just be in the company of those majestic animals. There were a few kids from the day visitors and they really enjoyed feeding the elephants once they realised it was safe.
After lunch we were taken on a Game Drive. This was one of the Best game drives I have been on so far. Very interesting and it was great being able to get so close to some of the animals. We really had a good (and cute) driver who did the whole tour in Afrikaans for us as we were all locals.
It was a bit chilly but after we stopped for something to drink and snack, we were given blankets to keep the chill out.
The sunset from the top was just stunning as we arrived back just as the sun was setting. Enough time to wash up, enjoy a glass of wine at the fire place to warm up and end the day with a delicious dinner.
Sadly we ran out of time to do more, so I hope to one day go back, do a bit more and absorb that beautiful energy and surroundings in for a day longer.