Cape Town — South Africa's Bushmans Kloof Wildlife Reserve and Wellness Retreat has been chosen to join the ranks of National Geographic's elite Unique Lodges of the World, a hand-picked collection of 51 properties on six continents.
"Situated amid otherworldly sandstone formations of South Africa’s Western Cape in a vast wilderness area that’s home to zebras, gemsbok, and much more, the reserve also harbours more than 130 ancient San rock art sites, which guests are free to examine with a lodge expert," NatGeo writes.
The inclusion of Bushmans Kloof brings SA's number of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World to four.
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South Africa's three previous listings are Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, situated just inland from Gansbaai, Sabi Sabi's Earth Lodge near the Kruger National Park and Tswalu Kalahari relatively close to Upington.
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Towards the north in Kenya, the thatched tents of Sarara Camp, run within a conservancy in partnership with the local Samburu people, also makes NatGeo's list.
Many of the lodge staff and safari guides come from local communities, and visits to nearby Samburu villages allow guests a rare and intimate encounter with the timeless culture.
Also in Kenya, Segera Retreat on Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau provides a fantastic wildlife experience imbued with a sense of romance—the yellow bi-plane in which Robert Redford flew Meryl Streep in Out of Africa is a beloved fixture on the property.
National Geographic Society announced the Unique Lodges of the World project two years ago, and the list has grown to include a total of 51 world-class lodges which are all hand-selected by NatGeo.
The newest members to join reflect the diverse and singular experiences that the collection encompasses, ranging from a medieval European castle to a beachfront eco-lodge in the Galápagos.
This year, NatGeo has categorised the lodges under their Best list.
According to NatGeo, Bushmans Kloof Wildlife Reserve and Wellness Retreat fits into their “Best Places to Get Immersed in Another Culture” category, for being situated amid otherworldly sandstone formations of South Africa’s Western Cape which guests are free to examine with a lodge expert.
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