With the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains as a backdrop and sweeping views out over the glistening Indian Ocean below, lies Botlierskop Private Game Reserve. Just 4.5 hours’ drive from Cape Town, it’s midway between Mossel Bay and George, on South Africa’s scenic Garden Route.
Come and share the bounty and breathtaking beauty this 4,200 hectare reserve has to offer. Botlierskop Game Reserve will ensure you enjoy a uniquely South African Safari Experience, with a range of luxury accommodation from sumptuous tented lodges and stately manor suites to spectacular, self-catering villas and an entire village built with children in mind. This gracious family-owned and privately-operated game reserve is malaria-free and home to four of the Big 5 (lion, elephant, buffalo and rhino) as well as a host of antelope, including rare black impala, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, hippo and more.
Spend a memorable day – or come and stay. Day visitors are as welcome as overnight guests at Botlierskop with a range of activities from safari game drives, horseback safaris, pampering spa therapies, restaurant options, children’s activities, spacious decks and swimming pools, there truly is something for everyone.
All this and a very warm welcome awaits you!
WEDDINGS AT BOTLIERSKOP PRIVATE GAME RESERVE
Imagine a romantic and intimate Western Cape Wedding at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, set in the dramatic beauty and tranquillity of the wild African bush. The perfect venue for adding a touch of magic and style to your wedding day. Tranquil, serene and picturesque, providing a natural but very romantic atmosphere.
All you need to do is sit back, relax and leave the wedding preparations to us whilst you enjoy relaxing massages, indulge in sunset cocktails and morning or afternoon safaris. Your safari style wedding will be a celebration of love, tradition and unforgettable memories. Whether you are looking for a South African bushveld wedding venue or a wildlife safari honeymoon destination, Botlierskop will treat you to the most luxurious and adventurous experience imaginable. From delightful fine dining meals to luxury tented accommodation and a large variety of activities.
Services at Botlierskop include: wedding co-ordinating services, day spa, sauna, swimming pool, honeymoon suite, library, Internet facilities, mini-bar in room, reception, conference room, curio shop, guided game drives, horseback safaris and luxury tented suites.
Botlierskop’s Wedding Venue offers Cutlery and Crockery, an option for Under Plates and Candle Holders that you can use. We have 2 different types of table cloths with matching linen serviettes. All of the above will be included when having your wedding with us. Our Wedding Coordinator will assist you in organizing a florist to prepare your floral arrangements as well as a DJ/Band for the entertainment. If you’d prefer different colour schemes, we have various rental companies on list to assist you.
Plain off-white or damask embossed tablecloths are available at the reserve, as well as matching serviettes. This linen, as well as crockery and cutlery costs are included in the venue hire and cannot be excluded.
FOOD & BEVERAGES
Botlierskop’s Chefs have a variety of menus from buffet style to set menus from 3 course to 5 course meals. You can also combine a plated starter, dessert with a buffet style main course. The buffet is very traditional with a variety of meats including fillet, kudu, crocodile, chicken and more. The Wedding Coordinator will also suggest different arrival drink options and snacks for the guests before the reception. A fully licensed bar is also available and a bar limit, open or cash bar is possible.
You have endless ceremony options to choose from. Celebrate your love on the banks of the river and have the ceremony that every couple dream of with the sound of flowing water splashing against river pebbles under the shade of majestic trees in the center of God’s creation. Say your “I do’s” under a romantic arch and surround yourself and your guests with the breathtaking views of Botlierskop. Under our classic white marquees tent, you and your partner can dance the night away.
Your wedding coordinator will assist you in selecting a highly recommended wedding photographer and will arrange an appointment to meet them. The different price structures will be discussed to assist you in your choice.
We have quite a few highly recommended wedding cake suppliers. Your Botlierskop Wedding Coordinator will gladly assist you in choosing your perfect wedding cake and ensure it gets to the venue safely.
Flowers can be arranged through a florist in the area. Please advise your Botlierskop Coordinator if you have any specific arrangement ideas or wedding flower preferences in mind. This will ensure an accurate quotation. Guests can hire/obtain their own wedding flowers should they wish to do so.
A wedding musician or DJ can be arranged at an additional cost. Please let us know if you have any specific ideas as to the type of musician(s) you’d prefer to have at your ceremony or reception.
Live wedding entertainment can be arranged at an additional cost like: Drumming, African Dancers and live music.
The Botlierskop management team is available at no extra cost to you and covers ongoing consultation and assistance with the selection of suitable suppliers and the final execution of the event. Feel free to make your own choices outside of our supplier database
LUXURY TENTED SUITES
Botlierskop’s Luxury Tented Suites are air-conditioned and built on private wooden decks offering breathtaking views of the distant river and imposing mountains. These suites are elegantly bedecked in a Colonial style with 4-poster beds draped with mosquito nets. The generous on-suite bathroom has a lavish oval bath and an open-air shower. The resident family of nyala are often about to welcome you.
THE MANOR HOUSE
Newly-renovated and air-conditioned, the Manor House Suites are housed within the original old farmstead, dating back to the mid-1800s. Within easy reach of the Main Lodge as well as the Tented Lodge, Manor House overlooks the expansive, game-studded plains of the exclusive Botlierskop Game Reserve.
THE VILLAGE LODGE
Wedged between the majestic Outeniqua mountains and the expansive herb and vegetable gardens, the houses of The Village Lodge are uniquely quaint, delightfully different with each offering its own special flair, reminiscent if a yesteryear village, but thoroughly contemporary in every way. It’s the perfect address for a country escape – for families with kids of all ages, and couples alike.
SELF-CATERING BUSH VILLAS
These eight luxurious, family-friendly Self-Catering Bush Villas make getting away from it all an occasion. The fully equipped kitchen, dining room and lounge with TV and fireplace open onto an expansive outdoor entertainment area with barbeque facilities and splash pool overlooking the tranquil dam – where hippos wallow, birds swoop and an array of wildlife come down to drink.
BOTLIERSKOP: DAY SAFARI
Eat. Play. Do.
Bring your friends and family for a day out to remember. You’re spoilt for choice at the range of activities on offer – from half or full day safari packages, pampering spa treatments, delicious lunches, horseback safaris, guided game drives and so much more. Our new Day Centre opened on 1 December 2018. This leisure area features a swimming pool for adults, a pool with water slides for the kids and a fountain pool for the little ones. Come and enjoy our newly-built shady picnic areas on wooden decks at the dam.
Most of our Garden Route Activities are offered for day visitors as well but there are some for overnight guests only. Please also see special overnight kids’ activities as well as age limits on various Botlierskop Activities. Kindly note that ALL DAY VISITOR activities need to be booked in advance. Overnight guests’ activities we recommend to be booked before arrival to ensure availability. Guests who book any day activities will receive a FREE pass for the day to the leisure area. Guests can bring their own towels or rent towels from reception.
GUIDED GAME DRIVES
A real Garden Route Safari experience! Enjoy close encounters with Rhinoceros, Lions, Elephants, Buffalo, Giraffe, the rare Black Impala, Golden Wildebeest, Mountain Zebra, Hippos and more! Our Game Reserve is 4200ha and comprises of over 26 different species of animals and over 200 resident bird species. Alternatively, book a Sundowner or Private Game Drive.
Enjoy an exciting horseback safari and escape to the majestic mountain valleys and beautiful fynbos for a 1, 2 or 3 hour horse ride and experience nature like never before. Explore our diverse plant life including woodlands, coastal and mountain fynbos and spot free roaming wildlife (cannot be guaranteed). All experience levels welcome (child 7+).
The Outrides are adventures and are rarely on marked roads but through thick bushes and over mountainous terrain at working speed which makes these rides ideal for game viewing on horseback. Upgrade your package and end off with breakfast, lunch or dinner as optional extra. The Horseback Outrides are 3.5 hours for experienced riders only.
GUIDED BUSH TRAILS
Experience and enjoy the Garden Route’s abundant fauna and flora on foot. Follow a Botlierskop field ranger as he tracks for 2 ½ hours through diverse habitats such as coastal renosterveldt and Cape fynbos. You’ll have the chance to see wild animals while exploring the wonders of insects, ecology, birds (Knysna Touraco, African Fish-eagle, Jackal Buzzard and more) and the medicinal values of the plants.
FIJNEBOS SPA & WELLNESS
Exclusively housed in its own building, Fijnebos Spa promises to give you the ultimate in tranquillity, privacy and sublime relaxation. With all the sumptuous style, comfort and attention to detail you’ve come to expect at Botlierskop. Tented Lodge guests have free access to heated pool and gym while day visitors and other Botlierskop lodges guests have access when booking a treatment.
Veterinary procedures involve darting the animal with a specially-formulated anesthetic by our wildlife vet. Various procedures involving elephants and lions are scheduled. Funds are donated towards the AWCF to continue their conservation projects in Africa.
ACCOMMODATION GUESTS ONLY ON SITE ACTIVITIES
Try your hand at fishing with an experienced guide or take off time on your own and ask your guide to arrange a fishing rod and tackle. Fish species you are likely to catch are Blue Carp, Largemouth Bass and Fresh Water Eels. A fishing license fee of R220.00 is charged for this activity.
The Botlierskop Tennis court is located below the koppie of the Botlierskop Main Lodge and is ideal if your idea of relaxation is getting some fresh air outdoors and exercise. Guests can rent out the tennis court for an hour or more, day or night. We will supply tennis rackets and balls. Available from 09:00am till 17:00pm.
Why not pack a picnic (Provided by Botlierskop) and head down to the Moordkuil River Dam and enjoy a paddle up the 1 km Moordkuil river, passing the tented suites. Enjoy views of the mountains while spotting some bird life and if you’re lucky, animals roaming the banks. Life jackets are provided and children are welcome.
FOR ACCOMMODATION GUESTS ONLY
All activities above are suitable for children 6 and older. Kids can take part in Horseback Safaris and Guided Game Drives. The Fishing excursion, Junior Ranger Program and Kids Spa Treatments with various massage treatments and face painting opportunity, is ideal for your kids.
GUIDED FISHING EXCURSION
Your Botlierskop Ranger will take the kids for fishing (catch and release) while you can relax in your room or at the Botlierskop Lodge.
Children can enjoy the African Face Painting options and kids short massage treatments like the giraffe back, neck, and shoulder massage.
JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAMME
A Botlierskop Ranger will take the children on a walk to identify animal footprints, fauna and flora. A certificate will be given once complete.