Holiday Resorts Western Cape

Unique and Romantic Getaways Western Cape

Unusual, Untainted, Unique, and Romantic Western Cape Getaways

Cape Town and, in fact, the entire Western Cape region, are favourite romantic destinations for people from this country and elsewhere, who like to take a break or go on holiday there. It’s no wonder, because this province is world renowned for its scenic beauty and myriad of diverse attractions. Virtually everyone is aware of Table Mountain and other mountain ranges, the Western Cape’s Atlantic and Indian Oceans, the white, sandy beaches, historic buildings and rich, well-documented history, Cape Dutch architecture, winelands, and the West Coast villages, where scrumptious, freshly caught seafood is always on the menu.

The Region’s Top Romantic Getaway Destination

However, the inland Western Cape region, particularly the Cederberg, is somewhat less familiar, and yet it is one of this country’s most romantic getaways, a hidden precious gem, as all who have “discovered” this unique area will attest. Nestled in the heart of the Cederberg, one finds an inimitable wilderness reserve and a most unusual destination, our romantic resort, our unique Kagga Kamma, a haven of peace, tranquillity and comfort that’s simply perfect for nature lovers as well as those of a romantic disposition.

Kagga Kamma’s Unique and Romantic Features 

  • Although we’re only about 200 km away from Cape Town, our part of the Western Cape could be a world away, because the terrain, sweeping scenic landscapes, craggy sandstone rock formations, and indigenous flora (and certain fauna species) are unique to this untainted wilderness area.
  • Our guests enjoy creature comforts, like romantic accommodation, en-suite bathrooms, and air-conditioning. Add superb dining with a strong emphasis on local produce, fare with a distinct South African/Karoo influence, select wines from Western Cape vineyards, sparkling swimming pools, and the warm hospitality for which South Africans are famous.
  • When the weather permits – and that’s most of the time between September and April – romantically minded guests may opt to spend a night beneath the stars, which appear to be closer and brighter than virtually anywhere else, because the air is so pure and unpolluted. There’s nothing that interferes with a couple’s stargazing and privacy.
  • Outdoor accommodation is offered in our Star Suite and in the Outcrop Outdoor Room. At night, both are romantically lantern-lit. They’re only available for couples, who sleep on a cosily made-up, comfy double or queen-sized bed. Star features an outdoor bath and shower and private rock pool; Outcrop also has outdoor bathroom/ablution facilities. Romantic isolation enfolds you under the twinkling stars. Both open-air suites are a firm favourite with honeymooners.
  • “Cave” suites also accommodate two persons. These truly unique “caves” are barely discernible from the surrounding rock formations, despite each featuring a terrace for two. Kagga Kamma also offers accommodation in a one of the Honeymoon Cave, also wonderfully appointed for couples celebrating a special occasion, such as an anniversary or other romantic event.
  • Hut suites resemble the style of ancient indigenous clans who lived at Kagga Kamma a very long time ago, evoking the romance of a time long before…

All the on-site or nearby excursions and activities that are on offer in Kagga Kamma’s getaway corner of the Western Cape are unique; you and your partner supply the romance and enjoyment.

Tranquil Accommodation Western Cape

The Timeless Tranquillity of a Wonderful Western Cape Wilderness Resort

Our wilderness resort in the Western Cape’s Cederberg is known as a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity amongst the guests we accommodate – people who find themselves in need to get away from everything and enjoy a complete break from humdrum routine, responsibilities, and hectic city lifestyles. Everyone sometimes crave tranquillity, but did you know that a great deal has been researched and written about tranquillity, even if it is a place and/or state of mind and being that many mistakenly perceive as being too abstract to study?

According to one definition, tranquillity is the state or quality of being tranquil, serene, calm, and worry-free, and it is often linked to engaging with the natural environment. Our guests would agree that our magnificent, rugged, and pristine Cederberg region provides the ultimate tranquillity, imbibing those who take up accommodation at Kagga Kamma with a sense of worry-free and supreme calmness, peace, and serenity.

Restorative Effect on Mind, Body, and Soul

One of the major benefits of taking a holiday or break in a peaceful, natural environment such as the remote parts of the Western Cape is the restorative effect that Mother Nature has on human beings, particularly when they’ve been exposed to constant, long periods of mental, physical, and emotional overload. A state of tranquillity certainly does not reduce one to the robotic level of a zombie; instead, one’s mind, body, soul, and level of interest still remain operative and functional, but in a relaxing, stress-free and enjoyable manner that serves to renew and refresh the physical body, its mentality, and its senses.

Tranquillity-Inducing Natural Features 

Because of the peacefulness that reigns in remote Western Cape regions and at Kagga Kamma, we can list various natural and ancient heritage features that induce an air of peaceful serenity at our resort:

  • The unspoilt, wide open spaces.
  • Unique sandstone rock formations, created by the erosion and action of wind and weather.
  • Fresh, untainted air and gentle breezes.
  • Natural, indigenous fauna, flora, and birdlife.
  • Clean, clear night skies with the brightest starlight you could wish to see.
  • Africa’s vast blue daytime sky.
  • Fascinating ancient San rock paintings.
  • Kagga Kamma’s distinctive guest accommodation suites, designed to ensure that the units blend seamlessly with the breathtaking beauty and character of the resort’s natural features, retaining privacy and assuring tranquillity.

Accommodation 

The three accommodation options for which we’re best known allow our guests to relax and rest in peaceful tranquillity and as close to nature as is possible, yet without sacrificing their comfort. Both the Star Suite and the Outcrop Outdoor Room enable you to sleep directly under a canopy of stars (weather permitting). Our “Cave” and Hut suites are similarly perfect, because they mimic nature and the accommodations of the forebears that once lived in this wilderness reserve. What could be more serene than falling asleep to the distant calls of jackals, as they go about their nocturnal activities, and awakening as the rising sun peeps over the eastern horizon, sending its first morning rays with the news that another day in paradise is dawning?

One visit to the Western Cape’s Kagga Kamma is all it takes to convince doubters that this is where you’ll experience the warmest welcome, super South African dining and top tranquillity, a feat for the senses and soul.

Romantic Honeymoon Destinations Western Cape

With Love from our Western Cape Romantic Honeymoon Destination

Congratulations in advance. You’re about to get married and cannot wait to go away on your honeymoon, especially after seeing to all the arrangements for your wedding – and there are typically many of those, particularly if you want to ensure that this special occasion is perfect in every respect. You want your honeymoon to be equally special. However, you’ve still to decide where to go for this eagerly anticipated time away with your spouse. All couples want a honeymoon destination that is romantic and unique, somewhere that allows them feel as though they’re the only two people in the world.

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Nothing Ordinary about Romantic Cederberg Getaways

When you’re planning a romantic getaway, a crowded venue is probably the last place you want to visit. In fact, most people would rather stay at home than book their accommodation at a typical “tourist trap” type of establishment, where it seems that the entire world and its brothers are taking a holiday.

Where’s the Romance?

Whichever way you turn, you’re bumping into rowdy visitors, determined to have a good time, no matter what, or so it appears. “Where’s the romance in that?” you ask yourself. In order to ensure that your getaway is romantic, several boxes must be ticked.

  • An upmarket, private establishment, ideally one which is unique or different from the rest – in short, a mystical, magical romantic venue.
  • Secluded location.
  • Beautiful surroundings.
  • Luxurious private accommodation and amenities with modern creature comforts, despite the venue’s seclusion or isolation.
  • A room with a view.
  • In-house spa for ultimate indulgent treatments and relaxation.
  • Fresh, unpolluted air, the magnificent African sky, the romantic moon and stars.
  • Excellent personal, yet discreet service.
  • Privacy.
  • Off the beaten track.
  • Limited numbers of guests or visitors allowed at one time – definitely no crowds.
  • Peace and tranquillity.
  • A variety of interesting, optional leisure activities.
  • Fine dining at an on-site restaurant.
  • A comprehensive wine list.
  • Time to do as you please, when it suits you.

The Romance of Cederberg’s Kagga Kamma

Since time immemorial, the Cederberg has held a magical mystery all of its own. It is totally unique in every aspect, in addition to being out of the way and completely unsullied. Incredibly breathtaking sandstone rock formations are typical of this part of South Africa, where we’ve established Kagga Kamma, our exclusive getaway retreat.

The magic and romance of the region may be due to its rich, ancient origins and history of the ancient Khoisan people who once inhabited the area. It must be said that history, especially that of ancient times and early people, exudes an exceptional air of romance to all in its presence. This is when time stands still for you.

Here, in the romantic heart of the Cederberg and its craggy rock formations, luxurious Kagga Kamma is drenched in crisp, pure air, and surrounded by a dreamy canopy of night-time stars virtually throughout the year, tranquil sense of peace, a host of attractions on privately-owned land, and nature at its very best.

Romantic Accommodation

Kagga Kamma is proud to feature 10 air-conditioned, en-suite cave suites, which blend seamlessly in the natural rock formations, and 5 spacious hut suites, thatched and built in traditional San style, also with air conditioning and an en-suite bathroom.

2 outdoor suites offer the ultimate romantic accommodation. The Outcrop outdoor room is just that – you sleep outdoors, but in complete privacy, under the African sky. This one-of-a-kind room is enfolded by natural stone walls. However, its use is weather dependent.

Our Star suite is the latest addition to our most romantic accommodation options. Set on a platform overlooking panoramic landscapes, the Star room is situated about 3km away from the main buildings and is also discretely private.

Here, your amenities include a natural rock pool, an outdoor shower and a bath without walls or ceiling, save for the starlit sky. If it’s a romantic getaway you want, we have it in spades at Kagga Kamma in the glorious Cederberg. See you and your beloved soon.

Holiday Resorts Western Cape

Premier Western Cape Holiday Resort

The Western Cape province of South Africa is a leisure traveller’s dream and a tourist’s delight, irrespective of which type of holiday they prefer or what type of attractions they seek. Arguably, the province offers many of the best of this country’s features.

Within the Western Cape, there are numerous and varying landscapes and different climatic conditions, each with its own distinctive eco system. Such diversity presents ideal tourism opportunities, which are undoubtedly the reason for the establishment of an increasing number of resorts of various types, catering for a variety of preferences and budgets.

Some Popular Western Cape Holiday Features

  • Gorgeous beaches, featuring exceptionally white, fine sand. Some are long and relatively flat, whilst others are backed by enormous sand dunes, depending on their location. Certain beaches attract lots of holidaymakers and are suitable for safe swimming; others are almost deserted and secluded.
  • An extremely long coastline.
  • The icy Atlantic Ocean flows past the Cape’s West Coast and the southern coastal area is bounded by the much warmer Indian Ocean.
  • Unique natural vegetation, known as fynbos, found only in the Western Cape and nowhere else in the world.
  • Table Mountain.
  • Chapman’s Peak Drive.
  • The V & A Waterfront.
  • An immense variety of sports and leisure activities, including hikes, water sports (sailing, yachting, surfing, windsurfing, scuba or shark cage diving), mountain climbing, mountain biking, 4×4 trails, cruises to seal island and Robben Island, scenic drives, tours of Cape wine estates and wine tasting, seasonal whale watching, camping, and visits to museums, cultural and historical sites, to name only a few.
  • West Coast fishing villages, known for serving outstanding fresh seafood.
  • Numerous national parks, conservation areas and nature reserves, of which our holiday establishment, the 4-star Kagga Kamma Resort and Nature Reserve in the picturesque Cederberg, is a fine example.

What Makes the Cederberg so Unique?

Firstly, one must mention the peace and tranquillity of the untouched Cederberg region. On a typical clear night, the stars are brighter than anywhere else and seem to be close enough to touch. At Kagga Kamma, we arrange stargazing tours on nights when conditions are optimal for viewing the magnificent African night skies.

Our landscape is exceptional, especially the sandstone rock formations in and around our holiday resort. Sandstone is a relatively soft rock, weathered and shaped in our area by sun, wind and water for centuries on end. This leaves us (and you) with remarkable natural features which serve as backdrops and walls for our inimitable outdoor rooms and cave suites.

Our Holiday Resort’s Latest Addition

We’re extremely proud to introduce the latest addition to our holiday resort’s unique accommodation options – the Star Suite. A few of its glorious features include:

  • Taking a relaxing bath or refreshing shower outdoors, with neither a wall or roof to impede your view of the landscape.
  • Sleeping in complete privacy and luxury under the stars.
  • Having a dip in your own natural but discretely private rock pool.

Plan ahead to avoid disappointment, since our guest numbers are limited, in order to guarantee that your Western Cape Cederberg experience with us at our exclusive holiday resort is everything you expect and lots more.

6 Reasons Why Couples Should Take Time Out for Romantic Getaways

All couples need to reconnect with each other from time to time.  It is just so easy to get swept away by the hustle and bustle, children’s schooling and activities, demanding jobs, a busy social calendar and all the things that form part of the fabric of everyday life. Sometimes months go by without having a truly meaningful conversation or spending quality time together.  Most couples would agree that spending some time away from friends, family, work and technology give them the opportunity to find themselves and each other again, to remember the romance, and to spend easy and fun time together.

Advantages of Romantic Getaways

Anticipation and excitement:  After deciding on a weekend away, organising it can be very exciting.  Often, the anticipation is one of the best parts of going away, and finding a place to stay, looking at different locations and planning the logistics around it can be very exhilarating.  It also gives you and your partner something to look forward to together, and it is something you can have fun talking about.  To make it even more exciting, take care of all the arrangements yourself, and keep the details secret.  This gives your partner something to wonder about and adds an air of mystery to the whole escapade.

Reduce stress and improve mental health:  It is good for your mind and body to take some time out to rest.  It has been proven by studies in the USA that people who take regular breaks or vacations that allow them to relax actually have a lower risk of strokes and heart attacks, than those who don’t take time out to enjoy themselves.  Taking care of your own and your partner’s mental and physical health by getting away from it all for a while is beneficial to both of you!  Studies have also proven that women who take frequent breaks are much less likely to suffer from depression, and that regular romantic getaways actually lead to a better quality of life and improved work performance!

Strengthens the structure of a relationship: During a romantic break, couples get to spend quality time together.  This means that they are able to communicate in a relaxed and fun environment where they are removed from the normal mundanity of life.  A new environment gives them a different perspective on their lives, and often communication improves during and after the vacation.

Better relationships with spouse and children:  Women, in particular, spend a lot of time nurturing their children and often their partners take a back seat, especially if both parents work full time.  Taking some time out from the kids allows the parents to slow down, relax and recover, and face the family again with renewed energy after a little vacation.  A stressed and overburdened parent is no fun for anyone to live with!

Increased work performance:  Not being in the office for a few days is always a good thing.  It is important that all technology and contact with work is broken during this time to get the maximum benefit.  Getting a good rest with your partner refreshes you and brings you back to work again with renewed energy, making your time at work more productive.

Renews intimacy:  Spending time with your partner in an intimate setting is just the thing you need to spice up life in the bedroom.  Taking the time to be in a wonderful setting and to be romantic together will bring you closer together and re-ignite feelings of intimacy that sometimes fall by the wayside during ordinary life.  A romantic, intimate getaway is what every relationship needs – it is a gift that will keep on giving, even when you are back home again.

If you are looking for one of the most romantic getaways you will ever have, visit us at Kagga Kamma in the Cederberg.  Here you can gaze at the stars together, have romantic outdoor picnics, enjoy private dinners, and relax in the luxurious bedrooms that are just made for romance!  Give our friendly team a call today to book your getaway.

 

Choosing the Best Holiday Destination for your Next Vacation

We all love a good holiday, and being able to get away from home and spend some time at a wonderful holiday destination is highly enjoyable.  Many people are tempted to spend their vacation time or school holidays at home, but studies prove that being able to remove oneself from the home environment for a few days or a couple of weeks is indeed highly beneficial.  It allows us time to recover from stress, it gives us a new perspective, and it is good for the soul.

That being said, getting away is not enough – you have to choose a holiday destination that will fit into what you want to spend your time doing.  Choosing badly and not enjoying your time at the destination will be a waste of money and time, and nobody will come back home refreshed and relaxed.  Battling to find enjoyable things to do will just not work, so you will have to spend some time organising your holiday.  Here are some tips on organising your holiday and choosing the holiday destination that works best for you.

  • What do you like:  Decide what you would like to do on your holiday and pick a holiday destination that can cater for what you want.  Are you the type of person who likes to climb around mountains looking for Bushmen drawings?  Are you a keen explorer and want to learn more about nature from the back of quad bike?  Are you perhaps keen to learn more about the stars?  Do you prefer communing with nature in a basic campsite, or would you prefer a little luxury on your vacation?  Also consider the wishes of those accompanying you on the holiday – especially if you have children.  Finding child-friendly establishments is relatively easy and the kids’ wishes and desires can sometimes hijack the decision, but for a truly relaxing and enjoyable holiday, it is best to choose a holiday destination that fulfils the needs of all the parties involved.
  • Do your booking on time:  Book your holiday ahead of time, especially if you are planning to travel during a school holiday period.  Also ensure that you gather lots of information about your holiday destination, its facilities, the activities and the surroundings.  This means that you will know exactly what you would like to do there, and you can rest assured that you will be able to do the activities that you have your heart set on.
  • Consider a digital detox:  Studies have proven that even when a lot of people are on holiday, they still spend an enormous amount of time using technology to connect with work or social networks.  Those who have no or limited internet connection or cellphone signal are more likely to focus on the present and the people around them, and interact with them more.  If you and your family spend most of your time with your noses in a computer or a cellphone, perhaps it is time that you re-establish your personal connection by cutting out the internet connection.  Take a digital detox and spend time talking to the ones you love, and truly spend time with them without worrying about work emails or social media.  Only use your phone to take pictures – and post them when you get home!

If you are looking for the perfect holiday destination for you and your family, contact our team at Kagga Kamma in the Cederberg.  Here we offer a wide variety of activities and luxury accommodation, and you will have plenty of opportunities to relax and find yourself again.  Give us a call or make your booking today!

Your Favourite Relaxation Vacation Destination in Cederberg

With the summer holidays coming up, things can get a little hectic with friends, family, parties, presents, traffic, shopping and everything else.  If you are one of those people who is in dire need of some R&R to recover from the busy holiday period, you will find the perfect place at Kagga Kamma!  Our vacation destination in the Cederberg provides everything that you need to feel relaxed, rejuvenated and serene again after only a few days!

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve is a favourite with many guests who cannot wait to come back for a return visit.  Here you will find an opportunity to connect with nature, yourself and others again in the luxurious surroundings of this fabulous lodge.  If technology is driving you mad, you will find it easy to switch off here and enjoy a wonderful digital detox – with no internet or cellphone reception, you will find yourself well and truly away from your technical overload, and enjoy the tranquillity that comes with not engaging with social media and the internet on a regular basis.

Only 2 hours from Cape Town, our vacation destination in the Cederberg is situated amongst the rugged peaks of the south eastern part of the Cederberg Mountains.  Here you can choose from a variety of accommodation options – an open-air room where you can sleep under the stars, a honeymoon cave decoratively carved into the large sandstone boulders, deluxe caves and traditional African huts, which make our lodge truly unique. All our rooms boast their own private terraces where you can enjoy a coffee or breakfast in peace and tranquillity.  The décor and furnishings are lavish and tasteful, and the ambience is truly luxurious.

Delicious meals dreamed up by our chef are made with seasonal fare and come mostly from local suppliers.  Here you can enjoy an elaborate meal or simple traditional dishes, and if it is privacy that you crave, there is nothing better than an intimate dinner under the night sky.  We also have a boma where guests can enjoy meals.

If you are looking for a more adventurous experience, there is plenty to do here!  You can hike, take nature drives, explore by mountain bike, go on a guided quad bike tour of the reserve, learn more about the local reptile species, go star gazing with an expert or take a guided rock art trip to admire the ancient art and learn more about the history of man in the area.  The list of fauna and flora is endless, and here you will encounter many rare species.  There is also a challenging 4×4 route for those who prefer to have their adventure on wheels.

Our vacation destination in the Cederberg is truly exceptional, as the surrounding nature still remains largely untouched, and people come from near and far to admire the annual spectacle of the flowers bursting into life every year from August to November.  If you are looking for the perfect place to find peace and sanity again, just book your stay with us and we will take care of the rest!

Pick of Western Cape’s Cederberg Holiday Resorts

Voted amongst the top tourist destinations in the world, the Western Cape offers so much more than holiday resorts built alongside clean white beaches and azure water, the unique character and delights of the city of Cape Town, Cape Agulhas – the southernmost tip of the African continent – Table Mountain with/without its fluffy white tablecloth, and world class vineyards and wineries. As any local will tell you, the Western Cape Province offers much, much more than this.

Something for Everyone

One of the Western Cape’s most fascinating, charming assets is the fact that there is such a diversity of activities, landscapes, fauna and flora, things to see and do, and holiday resorts offering excellent accommodation and facilities near or in the midst of each area, catering for a diversity of preferences.

It’s All There

If you want entertainment and urban activity, it is there. If lounging on the beach is your thing, you’re in luck. The mountains are here, whilst people who want to escape crowds and city life have umpteen options to get away from it all, back into pristine, unspoiled nature, peace and tranquillity – without having to undertake a long, exhausting journey inland.

Another Western Cape Jewel

Only relatively recently discovered by lucky holiday makers, the Cederberg wilderness area, and our resort in particular, is another fine jewel in the crown of the Western Cape’s glorious offerings.

In the mid-1980s, three visionary men, founders of our resort, saw the potential and recognised the unique scenic beauty and appeal of a particular part of this region. Collectively, they bought up three adjoining farms and a secluded section known as Kagga Kamma in 1986.

A year later, a small stone cottage was erected, where they visited and entertained their friends. This proved to be so popular with their guests that they decided to develop the property further, within very strict parameters.

Nature Reserve

In order to preserve the wild, pristine landscape, its unique fauna and flora, outstanding examples of ancient Bushman rock art and the prevailing ambience, they converted their land acquisition into a nature reserve in 1988.

Another adjacent farm, named Grootvlei, was also acquired in 1989, enabling them to provide additional potable water of fine quality to their nature reserve. Soon, the first chalets were constructed, carefully adhering to the landscape’s features so as to blend in, rather than stand out. Several antelope species, which thrive in such an area, were also introduced.

Unique Accommodation

Today, the accommodation on offer here in the Cederberg is completely unique, as is the inimitable experience of visitors to our luxurious holiday resort, where we, our guests and the wider community strive to protect and maintain this magnificent environment and ecosystem.

Five roomy, en suite chalets have been constructed to appear as though they grow out of the surrounding rock formations, while our ten cave suites are built right into sandstone formations. All have private patios with outdoor furniture, the occupant’s love to relax in uninterrupted peace and quiet.

When weather permits, visitors can choose to spend a night in the open, in ultimate luxury, right under the stars, in a double bed alongside a glowing fire – an exclusive, one of a kind opportunity to experience Cederberg at night in an entirely unique way.

Don’t Delay

Why wait? Book now to experience the holiday of a lifetime at our luxurious resort in the heart of the Western Cape’s Cederberg wilderness – we know you will want to return, over and over again.