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September 2014 
Contact: Arnelle Kendall
Telephone: (561) 330-0850
Front Row Seats at Bushmans Kloof for the Spring Flower Spectacle
in the Cederberg

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Magnificent spring flowers are in full bloom in the Cederberg, thanks to excellent early winter rains. Witness the best seats in the house with Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, where guests are guaranteed to marvel at this annual natural wonder.Guests staying at the Relais & Châteaux Lodge were taken on an excursion to the Biedouw Valley last week, celebrated as one of the best places to see the flowers, where they were dazzled by wild flowers carpeting the landscape in every possible hue and color. This incredible spectacle should last for the remainder of August and into September of this year.The half-day excursion to the Biedouw Valley is offered to Bushmans Kloof guests on a complimentary basis and is included in the full board rate. The day begins in the morning with a nature drive through the reserve and all the way to the “Top of the World” reserve gate, then into the heart of the Biedouw Valley where thousands of flowers transform the plains into a multi-hued painting. The well-timed stop at Eagle’s Nest on the reserve offers a magnificent lookout point on Boontjiesberg, and is the ideal spot for a gourmet picnic lunch courtesy of Executive Chef Floris Smith.

The Cederberg area forms part of the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site that protects one of the richest plant areas in the world, and Bushmans Kloof plays a vital role in protecting the biodiversity of wildlife in the area as a sanctuary for more than 755 indigenous plant species.

Special rates are available for visitors over the famous annual “spring flower spectacle” period, starting from only $75.00 person per night sharing for the lodge’s 3-Night Summer Getaway package. This package is available seven days a week from September 1 – December 19, 2014. The package includes invigorating lodge activities, including nature drives, guided rock art excursions, botanical walks, archery and mountain biking, and all meals (full English breakfast, à la carte Light Lunch, Afternoon High Tea and à la carte Dinner).

Biedouw Picnic excursions are weather dependent and are subject to availability.

For details and reservations, please contact Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat at +27 21 481 1860, email:, or visit us online
About Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat is a luxurious ecological oasis situated at the foothills of the breathtaking Cederberg mountains. Nearly 19,000 acres of majestic views, staggering rock formations, open plains and invigorating outdoor activities cumulate to create an unforgettable wilderness adventure. The five-star resort features 16 luxurious rooms and suites, award-winning Cape cuisine and a complete wellness experience deeply rooted in nature. Bushmans Kloof also offers itsprivate Koro Lodge to families and groups of travelers, featuring the fully-independent services of a guide, game viewing vehicle, and dedicated chef and hostess.

Bushmans Kloof is located less than three hours from Cape Town and is consistently recognized for its award-winning environmental and conservation projects. The entire reserve is malaria- and predator-free, serving as a sanctuary for endangered species, indigenous plants, and a variety of birds and animals. It is one of South Africa’s Natural Heritage Sites as well as part of the Cape Floral Kingdom and home to more than 130 ancient Bushman rock art sites. Condé Nast Traveler readers recently voted Bushmans Kloof, a member of Relais & Châteaux, as the #1 ‘Resort and Safari Camp in Africa,’ as well as the #3 ‘Top 100 Hotel and Resort in the World’ during their 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards. The gorgeous reserve has won numerous annual awards for its exceptional hospitality and opulent accommodations from National Geographic TravelerCondé Nast Traveler, and Travel + Leisure.

About The Red Carnation Hotel Collection 
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat is part of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, an award-winning collection of five- and four-star family-run boutique hotels in London, Dorset, Guernsey, Geneva, Palm Beach, South Africa and Ireland. In South Africa, sister properties include The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in the Cape Town and The Oyster Box in Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal. Each property shares the qualities central to the Red Carnation’s ethos that win them so many prestigious awards – splendid luxury, generous hospitality, inventive and traditional cuisine, private art collections, passionate service and loyal staff committed to creating richly rewarding experiences for all their guests.

For more information about The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, please visit us or email
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Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit working to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has donated more than USD 2.5 million to sustainable tourism projects worldwide. The Foundation’s guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. Foundation priorities are set by the Steering Committee, which includes sustainability leaders like Céline Cousteau and Costas Christ.

TreadRight’s past project partners include WWF, Conservation International and The National Trust in the UK. Current initiatives include sponsoring the National Geographic Society’s inaugural “World Legacy Awards,” WildAid and inspiring wildlife advocates like Terri Irwin.

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