Western Longhorn

Western Longhorn

Probably One Of The Finest Private Game Reserves Near Cape Town, Western Cape

Not Many luxury hotels have a private game reserve, and Bartholomeus Klip, near Cape Town in the Western Cape, is one of the few! We are a small country house luxury hotel, situated just over an hour from the city of Cape Town, with a capability for only ten lucky guests. We are very fortunate in that we can offer our valued guests not only the best food and accommodation, but several game drives every day in our private game reserves Western Cape!

For guests who are not fortunate enough to spend the night with us, we offer day guests the possibility to see the herds of eland – Africa’s largest antelope, springbok, black wildebeest, bontebok and zebra, not forgetting the baboon, bat-eared foxes, lynxes and many smaller varieties. Day guests are always welcome to make a reservation for Lunch and a Game Drive; Brunch and a Game Drive or simply just the Game Drive! The game reserve is 10 000 acres large and reaches from the luxury country hotel, past the lake up into the impressive Elandsberg mountains.

This is possibly the last great plains that still affords wild animals the possibility to browse freely and do as they would have done a long time ago ago, before man turned their grazing into farmland. Our game rangers are highly experienced and will be able to follow antelope for your viewing and inform and teach as to the who’s who in the local antelope kingdom.

Most lately, leopards have been spotted using evening camera traps, which were previously thought to keep to the high mountain parts. Aside from the Loepards, which a very timid animals – there are no other sizeable predators, so guests are totally safe on the game drive and are able to move out of the vehicle for a walk about when the ranger gives permission.

Possibly one the most crucial species to be found at Bartholomeus Klip , is of a much smaller nature – the rare and very vulnerable geometric tortoise. These tortoises were discovered on the private game reserve only a few decades ago, and endure extinction from their biggest problem – people, agriculture and fires, by the constant observation by game rangers and an eager assemble of volunteers.

For the more calm, bird observation from the Deckhouse adjacent to the lake offers fantabulous opportunity to spot local feathered friends such as fish eagles, kingfishers, pelicans and less often spoonbills. Flamingos can also be seen at times, and if it’s all too much to take in, a nap in one of the comfy chairs with a magazine is most accepted. The Deckhouse is open for small-scale functions and conferences, and we have with success hosted weddings of up to 80 guests.

The game reserve is part of an fascinating Quagga reproduction programme, which started several years ago and involves the exclusive breeding of pairs of zebra that most demonstrate the traits of the now dead quagga. Zebra are thought to be the closest living relative to the quagga and those animals that show quagga like characteristics, no patterns on the legs and buttocks will be re-bred and then much later on reintroduced into the wild as indigen quagga. The breeding pair at Bartholomeus Klip private game reserves Western Cape actually roam freely outside of the reserve gates and can often be viewed from the veranda of the main house – a truly unique experience.

If you would wish to visit for the day, take a walk in the grassland and ramble along the jeep tracks admiring our magnificent animals and flora, you will be pleased to know that we admit day guests. Booking is necessary! We highly recommend that you stay for lunch, as those in the know will attest.
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