I’ve never been a huge fan of game reserves that aren’t in the “real” bushveld. They’re like a bad toupee: Everyone knows it’s not genuine and even though it is accepted as an adequate alternative where the real thing no longer exists, it just never quite blends in flawlessly with the surrounds. If I can’t hear a Greenspotted Dove by day or a Scops Owl at night then I’m not buying it. That said, I would be lying if I pretended that sitting on the deck at Botlierskop near Mossel Bay, sipping on a G&T while an elephant browses in the gorge below you and Knysna louries feed in the Cheese Wood 5 feet away isn’t a rather nice way to work up an appetite for dinner.Botlierskop1

The restaurant is distinctly African with sumptuous fabrics, thatch, wood and earthy tones of warm oranges and browns. The gorgeous ostrich shell light fittings bear testament to the fact that, in the right hands, even African kitsch can feel stylish. Depending on the number of guests, lunch and dinner is either a la carte or buffet, but always with a modern South African twist. Expect dishes such as biltong and blue cheese soufflé or waterbuck wrapped in pancetta and served with a red wine and berry jus. And if ever chocolate is going to kill you, then there can be no better way to go than their Chocolate Lava Pot. Service is friendly and efficient. Once you’ve worked your way through your meal, you can make your way back to the deck to have coffee around the massive bonfire.Botlierskop3

The reserve offers a host of activities for both overnight guests and day visitors. There are game drives, horseback safaris, elephant rides and feeding, helicopter flights, guided walks and more.


Botlierskop Private Game ReserveThe bonfire at Botlierskop.

Botlierskop Farm


Little Brak River


+27 44 696 6055

Lunch (Buffet or A la carte) 12:00 to 15:00 R130p.p.

Dinner (Buffer or A la carte) 19:00 till late R210p.p.

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  1. Hi well we just visited Botlierskop for a game drive and then the elephants picnic. I have to say it was fantastic. Our guide Neil was informative and did as much as he could to ensure we saw all the animals. But the icing on the cake was the elephant picnic. We were driven to a clearing where a table had been set up with sparkling wine in wine coolers and very cool picnic boxes for all of us. the elephants were standing and waiting patiently while we delved into our boxes, thinking when are you going to feed us. the boxes were filled of lovely surprises, a smoked salmon wrap, roasted pepper quiche, greek salad, selection of cold meats and cheeses, biscuits, roll, nuts, dried fruit skewer, biltong, and the most delicious chocolate brownie. The kids boxes were also well equipped with sandwiches, crisps juice, lollipops and most of the other goodies we had. There was a large bowl of fruit, pinapple, strawberries, kiwi, passion fruit, apples which we also tucked into before we then feed the very patient Sam the daddy elephant. It was great for kids and adults alike. Although quite expensive, we all agreed well worth it for a special treat. I know a certain lady who will love this for her birthday!

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