Saturday, March 22, 2014



As the home of authentic Cape cuisine, the five-star Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat in the Cederberg Mountains is once again a must-visit destination for serious foodies and wine connoisseurs this winter, with epicurean delights aplenty presented during fourBushmans Kloof Signature Food and Wine Weekends.

Honouring exceptionally high culinary standards as a member of Relais & Châteaux, Bushmans Kloof is renowned for its creative, flavoursome cuisine. Executive Chef Floris Smith is known to only use the freshest, finest quality ingredients for his inspired menus, with culinary creations thatcapture the natural flavours and essence of the Cape Floral Kingdom and the surrounding landscape. Complementing the award-winning cuisine is an acclaimed wine cellar rated time and again as one of the best in the country in the Diners Club International Wine List Awards.

For the forthcoming Food and Wine Weekends Chef Smith will team up with some of South Africa’s most revered wineries to present the perfect pairing of the finest local cuisine with outstanding South African wines, all within the luxury wilderness setting that is Bushmans Kloof. The weekends will respectively showcase top vintages from Bouchard FinlaysonMeerlust,Cederberg and Steenberg, and will also include special presentations, talks and tastings, nature drives, rock art excursions, all meals, wine and lodge activities. (From R2270 per person per night, sharing)

Meerlust Estate (Friday 30 May - Sunday 1 June)
Co-hosting the first food and wine weekend, Executive Chef Floris Smith and Eddie Turner, Marketing Manager for Meerlust Estate, will indulge the distinguished palate with a food and wine feast. Long recognised for producing world-class wines, Meerlust has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the traditional dedication to the art of winemaking continues on the estate 15km south of Stellenbosch, with the blue crescent of False Bay a mere five kilometers away, where wine with exceptional complexity and character is produced.

Bouchard Finlayson (Friday 27 – Sunday 29 June)
Guests can expect to experience the very best in food and wine pairing at the Bouchard Finlayson weekend, thanks to the joint gastronomic forces of Executive Chef Floris Smith and renowned winemaker Peter Finlayson. Located in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, Bouchard Finlayson is framed by mountains and within sight of the ocean, with frost-free, beneficial weather and the most perfect clay shale vineyard soils to produce Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc wines of outstanding quality. ‘Pinot Pioneer’ Peter Finlayson continues to excel in working with South Africa’s elusive grape, having recently won Gold for his icon Tête de Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot Noir at the 
2013 Decanter World Wine Awards in London.

Cederberg Private Cellar (Friday 25 - Sunday 27 July)
This top food and wine event will combine gastronomic pleasures by Executive Chef Floris Smith with a selection of Cederberg’s finest vintages. Cederberg Private Cellar is officially known as South Africa’s highest winery, with winemaker David Niewoudt sculpting dramatic red and white wines at an altitude of more than 1000m above sea level. A cool continental climate, diverse soil types, unpolluted air and crystal clear waters all help to produce wines of excellent quality.

Steenberg Vineyards (Friday 22 – Sunday 24 August)
Executive Chef Floris Smith will team up with Steenberg Vineyards’ winemaker JD Pretorius to present a truly memorable food and wine weekend. Steenberg holds the distinction of being the oldest farm in the picturesque Constantia Valley, one of South Africa’s premier wine growing regions. With its cool, sea-facing slopes, majestic granite ridges and state-of-the-art modern winery, the vineyard has developed a worldwide reputation for producing exceptional Cape wines.

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Bushmans Kloof is a luxurious ecological oasis of 18 533 acres (7500 hectare), situated at the foothills of the breathtaking Cederberg mountains. Here majestic views, staggering rock formations, open plains, invigorating outdoor activities, 16 luxurious rooms and suites, award-winning Cape cuisine and a wellness experience deeply rooted in Nature, all combine to create an unforgettable, luxury wilderness adventure. Koro Lodge, the private villa, provides a fully independently catered for experience for families and friends travelling together, which includes the services of a guide with game viewing vehicle, and a dedicated chef and hostess.

Less than three hours’ drive from Cape Town, Bushmans Kloof is unequivocally recognised as a conservation success story, and was awarded the Relais & Châteaux Environment Trophy (2007), in recognition of its exceptional environmental and conservation projects. In 2009, it was the Global Winner of Wildlife Conservations Programs in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Awards, and in 2013 Bushmans Kloof was voted one of the World’s Best Ecolodges by National Geographic Traveler magazine.  

Malaria and predator free, Bushmans Kloof is a sanctuary for many indigenous plants, animals and birds, including the endangered Cape mountain zebra. It is also home to over 130 Bushman rock art sites, is recognized as one of South Africa’s Natural Heritage Sites, and is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom. It bases its entire business ethos on preserving the precious natural environment, while providing guests with the ultimate African wilderness experience in the beautiful surroundings of the Cederberg Wilderness Area, which forms part of the Cape Floral Region – a recognized World Heritage site.

A mere 270km from Cape Town, the 5-star Relais & Châteaux lodge, voted Best Hotel in the World 2009 (Travel + Leisure), is renowned for its warm, caring service and exceptional hospitality. In 2010 it was listed on the coveted Condé Nast Traveler USA, as one of the Top 50 Resorts in Africa in the World’s Best Awards, and for the past three years (2010 – 2012), was included in the Condé Nast Traveller UK Gold List for Best Hotels for Food in Africa, Middle East and the Indian Ocean.

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