The ethos of Sederkloof is the tranquil enjoyment of what the spectacular Baviaanskloof has to offer. To enhance the experience, the complex has been so designed as to create the minimum visual impact upon the environment.
There are six luxury chalets, all totally private. Each chalet has air-conditioning, a mini bar, deck chairs and an outside shower. The communal area has a lounge, bar, pool surrounded by a wooden deck and an African style boma for evening meals under the starlight.
Sederkloof offers a number of guided activities for it’s guests. These are included in the tariff but are entirely optional – in accordance with Sederkloof’s informal atmosphere guests are free to decide their own activity levels.
The Baviaanskloof nights are themselves a wonder to behold with a starry sky so clear it seems to be within reach.
Sederkloof was mentioned in an article on the Baviaanskloof contained in the March 2005 edition of South Africa’s Getaway magazine.
Below are some of the extracts:
“The illusion of paws was even more marked as my long-suffering Isuzu later hacked up a track along the muscular side of a berg in the company of Thys and Alice Cilliers, who own the beautiful Sederkloof Lodge.”
“Thys had offered to get me deeper into the mountains and soon the Baviaans River was a tangled thread far below us.”
“Valley thicket gave way to protea-sprinkled fynbos guarded by the proud but tatty aloe ferox sentinels.”
“Up above Sederkloof Lodge the air was cool and clear, glittering in sunlight playing on rustling sprays of restios. The track ended at a cliff edge above a deep kloof, which wove its way tantalisingly into the distance.”
“Deep in its embrace was a relic Cedar forest, secret and safe. Beyond, the far ranges smirked in their seemingly inaccessible isolation.”
In the Getaway advisor Sederkloof Lodge received five umbrellas, indicating the highest level of accommodation:
“For luxury there is Sederkloof Lodge run by Thys and Alice Cilliers.”
“It consists of stone-and-glass hideaways high on a ridge overlooking a kloof and includes a communal bar, lounge and pool. It is accessible by 4×4 only.”
Many different sites adorned with bushman rock art testify to human habitation in the area spanning as much as 100 000 years. A famous South African writer, PH Nortje, spent his childhood on the farm and wrote most of his stories about the area.
Thys and Alice Cilliers visited the area in 2002 and fell in love with it straight away. They bought a farm of 2200 ha, drawn by its particular natural beauty, and built a lodge to share it with the world.