Ratings based on 82 Verified Reviews

4.8 out of 5
94% of guests recommend
4.8 Room cleanliness
4.8 Service & staff
4.8 Room comfort
4.8 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
5 out of 5
by Linn

Hidden paradise

Posted Jun 8, 2017 on Hotels
We loved this little hidden paradise so much that we are considering it to be the venue for our wedding! That should say quite a lot! The property and setting is a "must see". The staff and their service is not only friendly but also knowledgeable and at all times helpful. The activities offered are multiple and in our view world class! Although the bar is set high, you can't possibly be other than amazed if you choose to stay here. We rate it 10/10 and can't wait to get back!
Comment from Hotel Management
Jul 26, 2017
Wow!! Thank you for the wonderful comments. We are looking forward welcoming you back.
5 out of 5
by Charmaine

Awesome

Posted May 30, 2017 on Hotels
Fantastic place which I would definitely recommend. Very friendly staff. We saw 4 of the big 5. Loved the charming decor and cosy feel of the place. Indoor and outdoor fires. The manor house suite was luxurious and the heated infinity pool had stunning views, the food was delicious (including the crocodile!) Unfortunately the spa massage was very average - that being the only negative.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jul 26, 2017
Thank you for sharing your experience. We are glad you had an AWESOME time at Botlierskop.
5 out of 5
by Barbara

Botlierskop Game Reserve and Cat Walk

Posted Mar 18, 2017 on Hotels
Botlierskop Game Reserve was a memorable experience, from the moment we arrived, we were treated impeccably. The service throughout was faultless. Our two Game Drives were informative and led by Loundice who did really well in both finding the animals, driving and imparting a great deal of knowledge. Lunch, dinner and breakfast were all of a very high standard and variety. We fitted so much into our 24 hour stay, even a swim in the pool. The luxury tent was set in a tranquil setting, across a stream we pulled ourselves over by punt. On our way to the punt for our 0600 game drive, a family of 3 giraffes, ambled close by us. We opted to do the Cat Walk as an extra, the afternoon we left. This is a walk with lions, no touching allowed, but walking is close In close proximity, under the instruction of guides, a great experience.
Comment from Hotel Management
Mar 23, 2017 by Alison, Hotel Management
Good day, Thank you for the wonderful comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in our Luxury Tented Suite and also the Cat Walk at our neighbouring farm, Zorgfontein. We appreciate your time writing this review and sharing your experience. Kind regards, Alison
5 out of 5
by Lina

Amaizong and close up wild life.

Posted Feb 27, 2017 on Hotels
It was an amazing drive, we did 2 drives and the catwalk in the neighbor state. We had an amaizong time. Very small group, personalized, felt like private. Guides are very knowledgeable. Food was splendid. Will do it again!
Comment from Hotel Management
Mar 23, 2017 by Alison, Hotel Management
Good Morning, Thank you for the wonderful comments! Looking forward welcoming you back in the near future! Kind regards, Alison
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from UK

Exceptional staff

Posted Dec 3, 2016
Pros: The staff are exceptional - so attentive and welcoming. The atmosphere is very relaxing.
Location: Access to the hotel is via a long gravel road.
From the moment we arrived we felt like valued guests. Chris organised complimentary drinks and nibbles then left us to relax and complete the obligatory check-in paperwork. We were then shown to our lovely room in the Manor House. To look out of our bedroom window and see a herd of wildebeest wandering past was amazing. Later in the afternoon we were sitting on the terrace and three giraffe appeared in the valley below. It was truly magical. Dinner was part set courses and part buffet and one of the best meals we had during our 9 day trip to SA. Delanie, our waitress, was delightful. When we went back to our room, we found the electric blanket had been switched on which was most welcome as it had turned quite chilly. The next day we joined an early morning game drive. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience thanks to our guide, Duan. We were well aware that there are a limited number of animals living on the reserve and found that we enjoyed seeing the fabulous scenery as much as we did game spotting.
Comment from Hotel Management
Mar 23, 2017 by Alison, Hotel Management
Good day Kim, Thank you for the positive feedback and sharing your experience. Kind regards,
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Fantastic place to stay

Posted Nov 21, 2016
This was our second visit. We love everything about it. The staff could not be more friendly and helpful. You are made to feel special from the moment you arrive until you leave. The activities can be booked when you arrive we loved the Game Drive horse riding safari and walking with lions. The food is amazing . We stayed in the Manor House with fantastic views and a beautiful pool area. The only problem was the water in the bathroom did not flow well and was not always warm. We will be back x
Comment from Hotel Management
Mar 23, 2017 by Alison, Hotel Management
Good Morning, Thank you for the wonderful comments! Glad you enjoyed your stay in our Manor House! Looking forward welcoming you back! Kind regards, Alison
5 out of 5
by Jeffery from St, Paul, MN

Beautiful lodge set amidst the rolling hills

Posted May 11, 2016 on Hotels
Botlierskop is an amazing lodge set in beautiful rolling hills above Mossel Bay. The rooms were incredibly comfortable and the food at the lodge was great. The Little Brak River goes right by the lodges and there is a grassy area between the main lodge and the river that a lot of the animals like to graze at. Our rooms were right next to this area and had a great view of rhino, wildebeest, bontebok, impala, etc. Keep in mind this is a small game reserve and won't be a game viewing experience like Chobe, Kruger, or even Madikwe. The safari here is set among a beautiful drive in the Western Cape hills. I think of it more as a scenic drive with the chance to see animals rather than a drive to see animals that also includes some scenic views. It is a much different experience than the usual game drive and quite enjoyable. If you are going to do the Garden Route or Cape Town in addition to a safari at a big park then stopping here for a couple of days is a nice add-on that is different than what you will experience at the big game park. The horseback riding here looked incredible and is something I plan on doing when I return. They also did a great job of accommodating my 88 year old grandmother who has some difficulty getting around. The staff was very, very helpful. Our game guide Chris was quite knowledgeable and had some funny stories. We stayed for two nights which I think was about the right length.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 27, 2016
Dear Jeffery, Thank you for sharing your Botlierskop-experience. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay! Hoop to see you again in the near future! Kind regards, Alison
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from San Francisco

Game and Fine Dining

Posted Mar 7, 2016
Go for the game drives, stay for the excellent food and dining. Amazingly friendly and attentive service from everyone from the guides to the cleaning staff. Every meal was beautifully presented and delicious. Quite a value as well compared to game lodges around Kruger. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a game drive and lodge experience along the Garden Route. Didn't want to leave!
Comment from Hotel Management
Nov 9, 2016 by The Botlierskop Team, Hotel Management
Good Morning, Thank you for the compliments! We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again!
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by A verified traveler from London, UK

Excellent hotel in a stunning location!

Posted Dec 22, 2015
Pros: Beautiful decor and facilities, excellent staff who are friendly and passionate, activities (game drive, horse ride, canoe ride) were fun!
Cons: Additional privacy for toilets - the concept of an open bathroom seems nice but with no doors at all, it's not the best when the toilet smells!
Location: Location is fantastic, we stayed on the hotel property the entire 3 days as there were plenty of activities to keep us entertained.
My partner and I stayed here for 3 nights in December. From the moment we arrived, we fell in love with the place! HOTEL & FACILITIES The hotel itself is beautiful, well furnished and styled with animal furs, leather lounges, candles, and African-themed decor throughout. Our tent was stunning, the bed was HUGE and there was ample space for two people with double basins in the bathroom and a comfy stone bathtub. Everything was clean and we'd been gifted a bottle of wine and some cute chocolates. We looked onto a grass hill near the water so there was privacy and around the grounds, the views were breathtaking - rolling grass hills and a river and plenty of game/wildlife around. There were however a few things which let us down - the outdoor shower is amazing and a really great idea but can be a nuisance if you want a shower at night as it can get very cold and there are mosquitoes and bugs. The outdoor lights for both the back shower and the front deck were both broken, these were not repaired until our 3rd day so we had to use candles outside and couldn't have a shower after it got dark. And the pedicure at the day spa was not the best. Overall however, the place is stunning! SERVICE Overall, the service was excellent. Our check-in was a little slow, we arrived at 9pm and didn't get to our rooms until 10.30pm! But aside from this, reception/restaurant/activities service was excellent in all cases. Staff are super friendly and happy to assist and passionate about their jobs
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Southampton

Fantastic Experience

Posted Nov 29, 2015
Pros: The staff, the building and rooms, the views, the animals, the spa, the pools, everything .
Cons: Can't fault it.
Location: Don't know as we never left the game reserve.
The game reserve is accessed via a very long gravel track and it makes you wonder what you are coming to! When we arrived we were met by our assigned guide who arranged the car to be parked and took us on a tour of the main buidling which is amazing. We were then offered complimentary drinks and a snack whilst we browsed the selection of activities. I was worried that they would all be booked up but there was plenty of space and they were so accomodating. We booked walking with lions, horseback riding and a Game Drive. All were excellent value and were fantastic. We booked a luxury manor room. The Manor was down a steep drive but there are plenty of golf cars around to take people up and down if they so wish. The Manor House was stunning with its own private lounge where a fire is lit each evening. Our room look out onto a grassy plain where wildebeest and spring bok were grazing-fantastic. There was also a swimming pool for Manor House guests to use which was a stones throw from our veranda. It was sheer bliss. The room was fabulous we couldn't fault it. Our food was not included but we opted to eat breakfast and evening meal as it was difficult to go elsewhere. The prices were very reasonable and the food superb. A real experience to eat there. One evening there were African Drummers and we sat round a large fire pit learning how to play the drums. We only had a two night stay but it was fantastic and look forward to going back again.