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Reviewed 20 February 2021

Approaching this resort you travel via a very narrow mountain pass - but the view from there was stunning! The chalets are nicely positioned against a hill side and all have a view of the surrounding area. We were a group of 4 adults and wanted self catering accommodation - hence we were booked into a chalet that could accommodate 2 couples. Chalets are well appointed - but the lounge/kitchen area is a little bit cramped; which I think could be as the self catering units have been adapted single suits, where an extra room was added to the original layout. However, having said that - what the owners have done here in this remote kloof is absolutely astonishing. The only complaint I do have is that, when we enquired about the 4 x 4 Trails and the road to the Ladder above the Gamkaskloof, the manager did not inform us firstly of the very bad state of the road leading there (took us almost 90 minutes to travel 11km), as well as that there would be a charge for using this road. This charge I was only informed of on the day we had to settle our account. However - I will definitely recommend the resort as it is a beautiful part of our country and the chalets are lovely.

Date of stay: September 2020
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Thank Inkie4u
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Bosch Luys Kloof Team, General Manager at Bosch Luys Kloof Private Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2021

Dear Ineke

Thank you for your kind comments and constructive feedback which we appreciate

You many not be aware but Bosch Luys Kloof is under new ownership since mid-November 2020. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you and more friends back in the future!

If I am correct, your stay was from 10 till 12 October 2020 in the Self-catering unit closest to the lodge, Chalet 1. I did not have the pleasure of meeting you during this visit as I was away from Bosch Luys Kloof from March till November 2020, but gladly respond on some valid points.
The initial intention for our Double Chalets (two bedroomed units) was for a couple with children,or two friends travelling together but not wanting to share a bedroom / bathrooom for instance yet still be under the same roof. The second bedroom is indeed smaller than the main bedroom, but does have it's own bathroom and private stoep area. For this reason the rates for the second bedroom are cheaper than those for the main room.
We tend to avoid allocating a Double Chalet to two couples and in retrospect the better option would have been for reservations to have suggested two seperate units for you at the time of booking.

Thank you for your feedback regarding the layout and size of the self-catering units kitchenette. The self-catering units were quite a new concept at the time of your stay as previously only full board was on offer with all guests enjoying meals at the main lodge. Following requests and a large demand for self-catering friendly units particularly from local travellers, the previous owners converted some of the existing units into self-catering accommodation. Should we decide to pursue and grow the self-catering avenue going forward we aim to improve on what is in place already and appreciate your feedback.

A veld fire swept through large sections of the area covered by theTo Hell n Gone 4x4 route about 5 years ago. This section of the reserve is dominated by inland renosterveld and mountain fynbos which requires fire from time to time in order for ecological processes to thrive (germination etc), but unfortunately a lack of vegetation cover and subsequent rains have removed top soil from this route leaving it quite rocky in parts. The route used to be graded 2 out of 5, but is advertised on our website as a grade 2/3 out of 5. as the road condition is passable with any 4x4 with good ground clearance and low range. The fee per vehicle of R 250 is also advertised on our website. There is an old saying "The road to the hell is paved with good intentions" and this 4x4 route, worth the stunning view over the historic valley of 'Die Hel' is not a walk in the park. and definitely not paved. Deciding just how much to maintain a 4x4 route is always tricky as preference of what is considered a challenge differs from person to person, but thank you for your feedback on this which we appreciate. We apologize that the manager at the time did not inform you of the costs involved in doing the route when he handed you the keys, or warn of the condition of the road which we will ensure becomes standard practice.

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Reviewed 13 January 2021

It was the first visit to this part of the Karoo. We were completely caught off guard by the majesty of the Seven Weeks Poort, the rugged mountain ravine that takes you to the Bosch Luys Lodge.
The location is spectacular, views literally go on forever in every direction.
We stayed in the self-catering Farmhouse which suited our large family perfectly. Everyone had different plans each day.
The rooms are clean, spacious, the beds were wonderfully comfortable.
We were up early every morning for a gentle 10 klm uphill cycle, stopping to watch the Klipspringers, Dassies and Gemsbok get on with their morning. Then onto a delicious 10klm downhill free wheel! Whooohooo!!!
I loved alternating cycling and hiking each day, resting guilt free at the pool in the early afternoon watching the Karoo birds, then ending the day off with a sunset drive.
Make sure you stay awake long enough to admire the milky way in all its glory!
The staff are warm and friendly, happy to help you enjoy your stay.
Bruce’s knowledge of the area is profound and made the journey of new discoveries exciting and interesting. His patience with the kids was award winning.
Thank goodness we didn’t miss out on Henrys hospitality and wicked sense of humour. Ask him for his delicious homemade Lime jam!
It’s is a hiking, cycling, painting, writing, photography, resting destination.
Bosch Luys Lodge is a feast for the senses. It is balm for the soul and just makes you want to return.

Date of stay: January 2021
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Thank MagicallyTravelling
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Bosch Luys Kloof Team, General Manager at Bosch Luys Kloof Private Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2021

Dear Will, Gia, Barbara and Alexander. Thank you for these kind and encouraging words, we will pass the message along to the whole team. We were priviledged to be able to host you all and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know your family. Best regards from the Bosch Luys Kloof team

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Reviewed 12 January 2021

Absolute gem of a place, service was at it's best. Bruce and Henry along with the Team that works at the lodge were amazing, worth the drive to get away for a peaceful and tranquil Nature Reserve Getaway. Lovely game spotted with Bruce giving amazing accounts of knowledge and experience of the Reserve and its history.

Date of stay: January 2021
Thank Junaidroop
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Bosch Luys Kloof Team, General Manager at Bosch Luys Kloof Private Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2021

Thank you for the great review. It was an absolute pleasure meeting and hosting your special family and we hope to welcome you back in the near future. Wishing you a fantastic year ahead!

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Reviewed 4 October 2020

We spent three wonderful nights in the kloof and enjoyed the warm hospitality of our hosts. Birding in the lodge garden is very relaxing and quite productive. There are many amazing geological formations in the kloof and on the way in.

Date of stay: September 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank philippuss2015
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Reviewed 3 September 2020

Our group of (mostly) octogenarians enjoyed a mid-Covid break which surpassed all expectations. Superb accommodation with sweeping views, exceptional cuisine & personal, friendly & efficient service. One could not ask for more!

Date of stay: August 2020
Thank Denis L
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Gerhard Rademeyer, Owner at Bosch Luys Kloof Private Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2020

Thank you - you were the best of guests !

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