Wildehondekloof grass with Nyalas and a pool

Wildehondekloof Lodge: A gem in the Klein Karoo

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Wildehondekloof Private Game Reserve near Oudtshoorn Garden with large swimming pool
Wildehondekloof Lodge offers tranquility and relaxation

Travel and Leisure’s A-List Advisors listed the Garden Route in an article titled “9 Best International Road Trips”. The advisors noted, “Here’s a must-do: driving South Africa’s Garden Route in the Western Cape Province – it’s beautiful, with great food, nature, sweeping beaches, and activities ranging from tanning to safari game drives to golfing”.

We agree with the elite readers of the Travel and Leisure magazine, as that is exactly what we experienced on our tour of Wildehonderkloof, in Oudsthoorn on the Garden Route. 

ladies sitting on the side of the road in front of an old building with turquoise door
Great photo opportunities on the way to Wildehondekloof

Where is the Garden Route?

The garden route is a coastal corridor extending from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Tsitsikamma forest in the Eastern Cape. Due to its diversity, this strip of land attracts thousands of international (and local) guests throughout the year. The Garden Route provides the ultimate road trip.

The route is part of the Fynbos Biome, which contains a minimum of 45,000 different species of plants, of which over 69% are endemic, meaning they can only be found in the Garden Route. Moreover, the Garden Route is one of UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves. It is popular for nature and self-drive enthusiasts, families, campers, and discerning travellers and a paradise for golfers, adrenalin junkies, and food and wine connoisseurs.    

Best friends walking the streets of Oudtshoorn
Discovering the beauty of Oudtshoorn

A tour through the Garden Route: Detour to Wildehondekloof

In this series of the Garden Route, we start at the Ostrich capital of the world, Oudtshoorn and end in the culinary capital, Knysna. We selected our stays based on the establishment’s character, facilities, and unique location.  

Our first stop is the captivating Wildehondekloof Lodge, a sanctuary nestled amidst the raw beauty of Oudtshoorn. Join us as we delve into the charm of this lodge, explore its facilities, and understand what it brings to the table for travellers.

Wildehondekloof Game drives are very informative and a great way to get close to nature
Game drives are very informative and a great way to get close to nature
Yellow daisies fields in the Klein Karoo Wildehondekloof
The landscape at Wildehondekloof
The serene landscape of Wildehondekloof in the Klein Karoo A gravel road in the country side with flowers and mountain
The serene landscape of Wildehondekloof in the Klein Karoo

Wildehondekloof Lodge, Oudtshoorn, South Africa

The game drive vehicle of Wildehondekloof
The game drive vehicle of Wildehondekloof. Guest can enjoy a morning or late afternoon game drive with expert guides

This 9-suite game lodge sets a new standard for the Klein Karoo. The wildlife here is literally at your doorstep, with Nyalas and other interesting creatures roaming the grasslands of the lodge.

At Wildehondekloof Lodge, every décor piece is carefully curated so guests feel they could live here. Moreover, guests can experience the unique landscape and untamed natural beauty on two-and-a-half-hour-long game drives.

Although the landscape is arid for large parts of the year, and the threat of drought is ever present, during our visit in November (after some much-needed rain), the landscape exploded into the colour of so many different species of wildflowers.

We enjoyed marvelling at the lush vegetation of colourful succulents, Cape Thicket, and fynbos, particularly the masses of flame-coloured daisies.

Prepare to immerse yourself in an untamed natural wonderland – welcome to Wildehondekloof Lodge, an adventurer’s haven nestled within the Klein Karoo’s rugged beauty. Here, where the enchanting wildlife freely roams, thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts find paradise. 

This 9-suite game lodge sets the benchmark for luxurious yet authentic bush experiences just a stone’s throw from the renowned Garden Route. Whether you’re exploring the mesmerising Fynbos landscape or sipping sundowners as the African sun sets, Wildehondekloof Lodge promises an unforgettable journey that goes beyond the surface of ordinary tourism. 

Dive into the heart of South Africa’s majestic wilderness and create memories as vibrant as the flame-coloured daisies of the Cape Thicket. Discover the Wildehondekloof Lodge – where adventure meets luxury.

Wildehondekloof - Petra enjoying the tranquil environment next to the pool at Wildehondekloof

Where is Wildehondekloof?

Wildehondekloof is an exhilarating countryside escape in the heart of a malaria-free Private Game reserve in the charming Little Karoo, cradled by the majestic Swartberg Mountain range. 

Furthermore, this vast 4000-hectare reserve is teeming with a spectacular array of wildlife: Eland, Kudu, Cape Mountain Zebra, Gemsbok, Red Hartebeest, Giraffe, Blue and Black Wildebeest, Nyala, Blesbok, Impala and even the famous Springbok. 

Apart from the incredible wildlife, the serene tranquillity, sweeping panorama vistas of the Karoo fields, and its ideal location, a mere 42km from Oudtshoorn, make this reserve a must-visit destination when travelling to the Garden Route.

Wildehondekloof The peaceful giraffe on the plains of the Wildehondekloof reserve

Accolades in abundance for Wildehondekloof

This exclusive lodge often graces the pages of leading lifestyle magazines. For example, the lodge was featured in a Women’s Health (September 2023) article titled “7 Local Getaways in South Africa to Rest and Rejuvenate” and a Farmer’s Weekly article titled “Five-star Experience at a three-star Price” (September 2023).

Additional features include Rooi Rose “Gaan kuier in the Karoo” (August 2022) and Getaway magazine, among others.

This off-the-grid lodge offers ten climate-controlled suites (with extraordinarily large en-suite bathrooms) in addition to private terraces, and a generous pool. The lodge overlooks a scenic river and mountain landscapes. However, visitors’ profound sense of peace from their first moment on the property truly distinguishes this lodge.

the romantic Wildehondekloof Candle light dinners at a patio on a game lodge
Wildehondekloof Lodge's dining terrace

What type of accommodation is available at Wildehondekloof?

The lodge has one presidential suite with an indoor fireplace, eight deluxe rooms with lavish en-suite bedrooms and one self-contained family villa that can comfortably accommodate six people. The villa has a full kitchen, inside braai, dining area and three bedrooms, in addition two of which are en-suite. All the suites have a coffee and tea station, roof fans (some with air conditioners) and a range of luxury room amenities such as shampoo, body wash, etc. Room service and laundry facilities are available upon request.

The presidential suite boasts a generous terrace with 180-degree panoramic views of the breathtaking Swartberg Mountains and Matjies River. The suite offers a king-size bed with a draped romantic canopy. The lounge has a cosy fireplace. The spacious bathroom has a free-standing bathtub, a large shower, and double vanities. Guests are pampered with crisp white linen and cosy, warm blankets for those chilly evenings.

We stayed in one of their impressive deluxe suites, number 2, which had the most comfortable twin beds, a large bathroom with double vanities, a free-standing bathtub, and a spacious shower. Moreover, our room was tastefully decorated in soothing natural shades of cream and olive, accented with chilli red and apricot pops of colour, perfectly completing the natural surroundings.

Deluxe room at Wildehondekloof with open patio and views over the Klein Karoo
Our deluxe room at Wildehondekloof with open patio
Free standing bath in a deluxe room at Wldehondekloof
Our lavish bathroom of the deluxe room at Wldehondekloof
The primary bedroom of the presidential suite
The primary bedroom of the presidential suite
Large open patio for the deluxe rooms
Large open patio for the deluxe rooms

Best features of Wildehondekloof

A romantic dinner setting Wildehondekloof, Oudtshoorn, South Afrika
The outside dining area at Wildehondekloof

Must do activities and experiences on offer at Wildehondekloof

Game ranger with basket for coffee break at a game reserve Wildehondekloof
Our ranger (Quintin) and chef Andre) preparing the coffee or tea stop

Must visit attractions near Wildehondekloof

Game Ranger sharing knowledge about the bush from a vehicle
Our game ranger, Quintin, sharing knowledge about the vegetation of the Klein Karoo
Coffee break in the river lady drinking coffee in nature
Petra enjoying the morning coffee break on our game drive

How to get to Wildehondekloof?

There are two routes to the Wildehondekloof. If you arrive in the daytime, we suggest taking the scenic gravel route through Lategansvlei from Oudtshoorn to the lodge. You can take the tarred R328 route through Schoeman’s Kloof when heading back from the lodge to Oudsthoorn. We took more than 100 photos on the scenic gravel route. The landscape is beyond everything we have experienced and worth the hours’ drive (at our snail’s pace).

Address: Matjiesrivier District, Oudtshoorn, 6620, Western Cape, South Africa
33°26’31.7; S 21°57’58.6

How to make a booking at Wildehondekloof?

Contact numbers:+27 82 551 3019

WhatsApp: 079 144 4577

Email address: info@whkloof.co.za

Website: https://www.whkloof.co.za/

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Good to know

Although no wild dogs or ‘wildehonde’ are on the reserve, an abundance of interesting wildlife makes up for their absence. 

The hosts seat groups of guests separately—a welcoming gesture for people who want to enjoy the serene environment.

Avid athletes can book Tri-sport hiking and MTB Safaris, which take place at Wildehondekloof and De Zeekoe (the sister lodge) guest farms.

For more information, click on this link.

Pro tip

Wildehondekloof is a hallmark member of Cape Country Routes. Join their loyalty programme and receive preferential rates and several value-added benefits.

Freshly baked pizza with Greek salad for lunch
Freshly baked pizza with Greek salad for lunch

Why you should stay at Wildehondekloof?

Operated with passion and dedication by Paula and Hendrik, along with their diligent manager, Annelise, this lodge reflects the heart of South African hospitality. Annelise’s homemade ciabatta bread is a treat not to be missed. The depth of information shared by game ranger Quintin enriches the safari experience, connecting you to the animals and the terrain in a memorable way. 

What sets Wildehondekloof apart is not just the sight of Nyalas feeding on the verdant grass near the lodge but also the gastronomical delights prepared by head chef Andre Goliath. Every morsel is a culinary masterpiece, from ‘rooster brood’ paired with ‘Spekboom hummus’ to the legendary spinach quiche served for breakfast.

To further pique your interest, here’s an article detailing five fascinating facts about Spekboom.

The landscape is like nothing you have ever experienced Klein Karoo yellow daisies Wildehondekloof
The landscape is like nothing you have ever experienced

Some of our best moments at Wildehondekloof

Petra enjoying the morning coffee break
Petra enjoying the morning coffee break
Spekboom hummus on rooster broodjies
Don't forget to try the home-baked rooster broodjies with Spekboom hummus
Warm Apple pie with ice cream
The best home-baked desert at Wildehondekloof
The delicious prepared Klein Karoo Lamb Shank
Petra ordered the slow-cooked Klein Karoo Lamb Shank
Elizabeth of Wildehondekloof Lodge. Handing cold washcloths upon our return from a game drive
Elizabeth of Wildehondekloof Lodge. Handing cold washcloths upon our return from a game drive
Proteas from the Klein Karoo in a vase on the tables
Proteas from the area in a vase on the tables
spinach quiche breakfast buffet
Bernie's favourite spinach quiche
Paula teaching guests the importance of herbs
Paula teaching guests the importance of natural herbs

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