4-Star Accommodation

Stellar 4-Star Accommodation

Everyone is fascinated by the moon and the starts in the night sky, but stars are not confined to the sky. When a person is being encouraged to deliver their very best efforts, they are encouraged to “reach for the stars”, so it’s no wonder that the practice of awarding stars has been associated with achievements on an ascending scale of merit.

Some time ago, in South African kindergartens and primary schools, children eagerly competed to see who could earn the most stars for some aspect of excellence in the standards of their schoolwork. Those who really excelled were awarded a gold star and runners-up received silver, rather reminiscent of medals awarded in competitive sports, including the Olympic Games.

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Luxury Cederberg Accommodation

Life’s Luxuries in the Cederberg

All people are different from one another. Each person has fingerprints which are completely unique. Similarly, appearances vary greatly. Backgrounds and lifestyles are equally diverse. One person’s understanding of luxury may be the next one’s idea of something relatively ordinary, nothing to write home about.

In general, customers and paying guests are particularly selective and exacting when the hospitality industry is involved, especially with regards to their accommodation and meals. Cleanliness, superior standards of hygiene and housekeeping, luxurious comfort, good-quality appointments and excellent service probably top most lists, and everyone likes life’s luxuries.

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Unique Holiday Destinations

Why Kagga Kamma is Such a Unique Holiday Destination

Because of the country’s size, immensely diverse landscapes and natural features, virtually every place and holiday destination in South Africa is quite unique. No two places are identical, nor do they offer the same leisure experiences.

However, one might say that certain destinations are more unique than others, because they are just so different – truly one of a kind. It’s usually those places which are known to few, rather than being overexploited by hordes of holidaymakers, season after season, year after year.

The Secret is Out

Although the existence of our distinctive holiday resort in the Cederberg may no longer be a closely guarded secret, it certainly isn’t overexploited or over-run by crowds of holiday travellers, nor will it ever be.

The founders, owners and management of Kagga Kamma developed the resort with unspoilt nature and the unique natural environment uppermost in mind, since the establishment lies in the middle of a singular, remote wilderness area, with characteristics and features which must be preserved for posterity.

Ancient Inhabitants

Few, if any, holiday destinations in South Africa can boast as much clear evidence of their earliest human inhabitants as does Kagga Kamma, home to the San people some 6 000 years ago.

Many well-preserved, original examples of their unique rock paintings are dotted all over our rocky landscape. Our trained rangers will be delighted to share this rock art and fascinating facts about this ancient culture with you.

Beginnings of the Resort

In 1986, Kagga Kamma’s three founders recognised the potential of this jewel in the Cederberg, so they purchased three 15 000 hectare farms (later also a fourth). They built a small stone cottage to accommodate friends, eager to visit.

Visitors were bowled over by the beauty and allure of this pristine area and this led to the establishment of the holiday resort after turning Kagga Kamma into a Nature Reserve in 1988. Throughout, every care has been taken to preserve the matchless environment and its rare fauna and flora.

Preservation Initiatives

Our accommodation and amenities are graded as 4-star, which means that they are luxurious. How can a holiday destination feature luxurious standards without mod cons? Energy for Kagga Kamma in its entirety is provided by utilising the latest green energy generation technology – a Solar Photovoltaic hybrid energy system. We’re off the grid.

Our carbon footprint is minimised, while the impact on our natural, unique environment is virtually negligible, without compromising on the luxuries which our guests enjoy. Suites are air conditioned, featuring tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryers, heating and en-suite bathrooms with ample hot water.

Guest accommodation does not feature in-room telephones, TV sets, or mobile phone reception and internet connectivity – modern trappings which would spoil the tranquillity of a nature reserve. However, our bar area has Wi-Fi and a satellite TV, while our à la carte restaurant offers excellent SA cuisine.

Unique Feature Summary

  • Landscape.
  • Luxury in the midst of wilderness.
  • The opportunity to sleep under the stars.
  • Limited guest numbers.
  • Undisturbed peace and tranquillity.
  • Fauna and flora.
  • Cultural history.
  • Excursions and activities, including stargazing tour to our mini observatory.
  • Natural rock pools.

There’s a lot more on offer at Kagga Kamma, a truly unique holiday destination in the truest sense of the word. However, mere words won’t suffice – come and experience our wonders for yourself.

Self-Catering Accommodation Cederberg

Self-Catering Accommodation Options in theCederberg Wilderness

In South Africa, self-catering holiday accommodation options were not plentiful a generation or two ago. However, nowadays, most resorts feature self-catering options, since amongst some, this type of accommodation is more popular than that offered by hotels, especially for family groups with children.

Almost all of this country’s leisure travellers regard a braai as catering for oneself, so it’s important to distinguish between the provision of braai facilities and fully equipped kitchens for cooking and dining purposes.

4-Star Cederberg Private Resort

At our 4-star resort in the heart of the Cederberg wilderness, we’d be seriously amiss in our guest facilities if we did not offer braai facilities, amenities which are included in virtually all our accommodation options – the inimitable, unforgettable Star Suite, the Outcrop Open Air Room, Hut and Cave Suites, camping sites and Rest Camp timeshare chalets.

Self-Catering Chalet Accommodation

In addition to each chalet’s braai facilities, plus a daily bundle of braai wood, each unit also offers a fully equipped kitchen for self-catering – from light snacks to full meals. The kitchen equipment includes cutlery, crockery and appliances, such as an oven, stove top, fridge, freezer, kettle, microwave and toaster.

At each Rest Camp chalet, the braai self-catering facilities consist of an indoor fireplace/braai, braai tongs and grid, and use of a private outdoor boma and braai area – the ideal spot from which to watch the sun set with a relaxing drink in hand.

If you’re planning a longer stay with us and especially if you’re accompanied by your family, the chalet self-catering option is the best accommodation type to choose.

The chalets accommodate six or eight persons in luxurious comfort. Accommodation in these three-bedroomed units is available to timeshare owners, DAE and RCI exchange members, and as rentals, via TradeUnipoint.com – all being subject to availability.

Cederberg’s Kagga Kamma Activities

All our guests at Kagga Kamma are most welcome to participate in all the activities which are on offer in our sector of the Cederberg. Timeshare guests receive a 30% discount on all activities, with the exception of the Stargazing Tour, for which the full fee is charged. Other activities include:

  • Morning and/or late night nature drives – see our fauna and flora.
  • Sundowner trip – enjoy a drink while viewing our extraordinary landscape from one of our best viewing points.
  • Rock art tour – ancient rock paintings date back some 6 000 years; Kagga Kamma’s rock formations feature numerous fine examples of this ancient art and historical culture.
  • Quad bike safaris.
  • Swimming – the resort’s main swimming pool is enfolded by magnificent sandstone rock formations. It’s a popular shady retreat during hot summer days and the perfect place in which to curl up on a sun lounger during winter with good book in hand.
  • Stargazing tour – view the celestial galaxies through the state-of-the-art 8-inch Celestron Nexstar 8SE telescope at our mini observatory.
  • Hiking – immerse yourself in our Cederberg wilderness on foot. Self-guided hiking trails of 4km, 7km and 9km offer unique, up-close and personal experiences of the Cederberg’s unique terrain and vegetation.
  • Boulder and rock climbing.
  • Mountain biking.
  • 4×4 trails.
  • Reptile educational sessions.

Your Pleasure

Whether you cater for yourself, enjoy a braai on your private terrace, or decide not to cook at all and instead dine on great South African fare at our à la carte restaurant, the wonderful Cederberg and Kagga Kamma accommodation awaits you.

Luxurious Cave Rooms for Contemporary Cave Men/Women

Little beats the feeling of being safe and snug in a cosy room or shelter when darkness descends, especially when one is in an African wilderness area, far away from the lights and sounds of the city. There’s an air of romance too. One’s mind conjures up a million images and thoughts in the quiet time before sleep transports you to the land of dreams.

Back in Time

Still, on some subliminal or subconscious level, humans seem to long to go back to their roots and explore their origins. Nostalgic adults long for times which may predate their birth. It may be the ancient Egyptian dynasties, the glory days of ancient Rome’s rise to power, or a period of subtle grace, leisure and formal etiquette, typified by the Victorian era.

Sometimes, mental travels hark back to prehistoric times, when man began seeking shelter and safety by living in caves. However, most latter-day time travellers will include a few conditions – usually the inclusion of mod cons, such as comfortable bedding, indoor plumbing and clean, hygienic ablution facilities, plus a secure environment.

Kagga Kamma’s Cave Rooms

At Kagga Kamma, in the heart of the Cederberg’s wilderness and nature reserve, our exclusive, private resort features not one, but ten “cave” rooms, so skilfully integrated with the surrounding sandstone rock formations that you’d never guess that modern construction techniques were involved. Each private cave suite blends in seamlessly with its rugged, rocky backdrops.

Mod cons are standard at Kagga Kamma. Our facilities and amenities are luxurious, of 4-star standard, albeit simple in style, and keep with the ambience of the surrounding wilderness.

You can sip a sundowner from the comfort of your own private terrace, viewing the spectacular Cederberg landscapes around you, while the African sun disappears below the horizon and the twinkling stars emerge, knowing that the comforts that you require (and more) await you within.

Each romantic, cosy “cave” is furnished with a comfy double bed, top-quality linens and bathrobes, air conditioning, a hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, and an immaculate en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries.

Prehistoric Caves

Although most people refer to our prehistoric ancestors as “cave men”, clear evidence of early homo sapiens’ occupation of caves (as dwellings) has only been found to date to some 170 000 years ago. Nevertheless, there is ample evidence of the presence and activities of the San people in the Cederberg, close to Kagga Kamma.

Our Rock Art Tour is a “must”, especially if you have opted for accommodation in our “cave” rooms. All across our territory, excellent examples of San rock art are to be found. Our experienced guides are on hand to take you to such sites and you may even find more rock paintings on your own.

The San rock art dates back about 6 000 years, but your “cave” room’s appointments are contemporary. Even so, both are part and parcel of a truly unique holiday experience, consistent with this ancient continent and its world-class attractions.

Vacation Destination Cederberg

Destination Cederberg for a Unique Vacation Experience

Fifty or so years ago, there were only three main vacation destinations that were popular and considered suitable for an annual vacation (or a weekend breakaway) by most South Africans. These were the beach, the bushveld or Kruger National Park, and an overseas tour, although the latter was definitely third in line, being mainly for the very affluent or elite leisure travellers.

The beach would usually refer to Durban or Cape Town. Bush breaks might also include a hunting trip. Only a minority declared that they’d far rather explore and get to know their own beautiful country first, before they would consider taking a vacation abroad to experience a foreign country’s attractions.

Enjoy your Own Country’s Attractions Too

Such wise people were perhaps a little ahead of their time in realising what absolute local gems await travellers throughout southern Africa. Consequently, the Cederberg region, less than 300km from Cape Town, remained relatively unknown as a vacation destination for a long time – but things have changed.

Nowadays, this distinctive Western Cape region is recognised as a prime vacation destination, both by discerning South African leisure travellers and tourists from all over the world. While beaches and the bushveld will always be wonderful drawcards, there’s much more variety on offer by way of holiday activities and attractions in SA, especially in the Cederberg.

The Cedars and the Berg

Strictly speaking, “Cederberg” refers to mountains (berg) upon which cedar trees grow. However, today the name also applies to the region. The area’s endemic species of Clanwilliam cedar trees is now threatened with extinction, appearing on the list of local endangered flora.

Cederberg’s Vacation Activities and Attractions

One would need to write a book in order to list all the places and things of interest, holiday activities and regional attractions featured in the Cederberg, as there really is a lot from which to choose, for all types of interests and levels of activity – lazy, leisurely and relaxing pursuits or active, physically challenging adventures; it’s all here.

Here is a list of just some of the activities and experiences on offer in the Cederberg:

  • Rock climbing.
  • Bouldering.
  • Nature walks and drives, wilderness exploration.
  • Hiking.
  • Rock art tours.
  • Star gazing at the observatory.
  • 4×4 trails.
  • Quad bike trails.
  • Mountain biking.
  • Sundowner trips.
  • Educational reptile talks.
  • Swimming.
  • Spa treatments.
  • Unique photographic opportunities.
  • Bird watching.
  • Delicious, freshly prepared South African cuisine.
  • Fine selection of Cape wines.
  • Sleeping under the stars, in a San-styled rondavel, or in a cave room – all luxuriously appointed.

There are many more enticements available to visitors, but we’ve only listed the principle attractions on offer to our guests at Kagga Kamma, our exclusive, private 4-star Cederberg resort.

Our unique establishment is situated in the heart of this rugged region, typified by incredible sandstone rock formations, clear skies, pure air, bright stars and the peaceful tranquillity of an unexploited nature reserve.

In order to preserve the peaceful atmosphere and guests’ privacy, irrespective of their choice of accommodation, we limit the number of guests staying with us at any given time.

You may wish to socialise with others at our main building complex, or alternatively, keep to yourself and be one with nature. Freedom of choice is yours at Kagga Kamma, your premier 4-star vacation destination in the magnificent Cederberg.

 

Unusual but True – 4-Star Accommodation in the Cederberg

The Cederberg region of South Africa’s Western Cape province is vast, but its towns are not very large; some of them are only country villages with small “urban” populations. 4-star luxury has never really been a feature of SA’s small towns and country villages.

For many years, the secluded Cederberg remained largely undiscovered by leisure travellers; most flocked to Cape beach resorts and other busy destinations which were traditional tourist drawcards.

Kagga Kamma’s Modest Beginnings

Only a select few were privy to the rugged, unique charm of the Cederberg, among them the founders of Kagga Kamma, our exclusive, very unusual 4-star resort, right in the heart of this remarkable south-western region – seemingly a world away from civilisation.

These fellows bought land in the area and built a modest cottage as weekend accommodation for their visiting friends, who enjoyed themselves so much so that they could barely wait to be invited again and again.

Non-Intrusive and Eco-Friendly Objectives

Our founders were quick to recognise the potential of this untamed region, acquired more land and built Kagga Kamma, taking care to ensure that all buildings were non-intrusive in the Karoo-like natural landscape, and blending in with the pristine surroundings and distinctive, craggy sandstone rock formations.

Moreover, our resort, its operation and its guests should never have a negative impact on fauna, flora and the environment, which was to be preserved at all costs, without compromising guests’ comfort and convenience.

Today, in keeping with our 4-star status and luxurious standards of accommodation, our resort has a reliable electricity supply, via its own state-of-the-art solar-based power system, leaving the environment as unpolluted and unspoiled as nature intended it to be.

Kagga Kamma succeeds in its objectives of providing guests with exclusively unique accommodation, which remains intimately close to nature, whilst ensuring that service, mod cons, facilities and amenities meet modern standards of luxury.

Guest numbers are controlled, so that maximum numbers are not exceeded, preserving exclusivity and discreet privacy for all visitors. This policy also enables our management to ensure that the environment and its heritage remain unspoiled.

Accommodation, Cuisine and Spa

Sleep under the stars (availability, weather and season permitting) in a comfy bed, made up for you with top-quality, cosy bedding in our new Star suite or Outcrop room – something of which you’ve probably only dreamed, but never thought possible.

Perhaps mankind’s earliest types of shelters hold more appeal. In this case, book your accommodation in either our “cave” rooms or spacious thatched hut suites, reminiscent of the ancient San dwellers of the Cederberg region (remember to include our San rock art tour in your list of pursuits while at Kagga Kamma).

Breakfasts, lunches and dinners at our à la carte restaurant represent the art of freshly prepared, fine South African cuisine. Dinners may be served under the magical African stars, if weather permits.

No visit to our resort is complete without at least one indulgent spa treatment. Special facials, deluxe manicures and pedicures, and a host of therapeutic, rejuvenating massage treatments await you – far away from the normal trappings of a hectic city-based salon.

Lots More Too

There’s so much more on offer at Kagga Kamma in the Cederberg, and lots, lots more to say about our leisure activities, attractions, history, heritage, facilities and accommodation – you simply must experience these delights for yourself.

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 Accommodation

Unique 4-Star Holiday Accommodation for a Complete Getaway

Once you’ve decided that it’s time for a complete break from work, daily routine and responsibilities, a holiday away from home is on the cards. If you really wish to “get away from it all”, consider a new, unique destination, ideally a place unlike any other which you’ve visited before – Kagga Kamma in the heart of the gloriously rugged Cederberg.

4-Star Comforts

This doesn’t imply that roughing it is required, although you’ll be right in the midst of nature, isolated in a world far removed from the cities’ hustle and bustle, and fast-paced lifestyles. Despite our remote location, we focus on our guests’ comfort!

All that’s required of you is your arrival – we take care of everything else. Accommodation quarters are carefully appointed and furnished, again with an emphasis on comfort and quality. There’s an excellent restaurant and bar, a boma, several swimming pools and a luxurious spa for your enjoyment.

Accommodation Options

En-suite enclosed units (“cave” suites or rondavels) are air conditioned, while additional heating is supplied in winter, ensuring that night time’s chill is banished. Two outdoor accommodation options are highly sought after and only available during summer months, understandably so; they’re amongst our most popular exclusive offerings, weather permitting.

The Star Suite

The latest addition to our open-air holiday accommodation is aptly called the “Star Suite”, because you sleep directly under the starlit sky, some 3km from the main lodge. This outdoor room is equipped with unusual private amenities, most exceptional and unexpected in such a completely natural environment.

The Star Suite’s special facilities include a luxurious queen sized bed, beautifully made up, an outdoor shower – open to the skies and a remarkable vista, yet completely secluded, your bath likewise, and a private natural rock pool in which to cool off.

A gas hob is provided, enabling you to have tea or coffee at your leisure, but especially welcome once you slowly awaken to the rising African sun, as it colours the sky and peeks over the mountains early in the morning.

Management also supplies Star Suite guests with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and bottled water. Dinner options for full-board guests consist of a three-course meal, either traditional, in a picnic basket or as a scrumptious South African braai.

You’ll be transported to the Star Suite in the late afternoon on quad bikes. Torches, lanterns and a glowing fire in the firepit on your furnished terrace provide all the soft light you’ll need, until you’re ready to take your breathtaking visual journey through the galaxies overhead.

Prospective guests should note that this suite only accommodates 2 persons, who must be booked in at a cave or hut room, with the Star Suite as an additional add-on, since weather conditions are unpredictable and the resort is too remote to arrange alternative accommodation at the last minute.

However, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll want to book holiday accommodation anywhere else, certainly not once you’ve familiarised yourself with all that Kagga Kamma and the Cederberg have to offer.

There’s a lot which makes the resort a one-of-a-kind establishment, beginning with its location – a haven, seemingly isolated from civilisation, nestled amongst mountains of craggy sandstone formations, shaped, weathered and eroded by centuries of wind, rain and weather.

Wondrous Winter Getaway Accommodation

Where do you go for a getaway when summer’s baking hot days and balmy nights are but a memory, when winter reminds you that it’s time to unpack your warmest woollies, down duvets and fleecy blankets? Suddenly, snuggling up beside a cosy fire in the hearth has become your favourite leisure and weekend pastime.

Despite the cold weather, you know it’s time for a break. The seaside doesn’t appeal, not even the KZN coast, because it’s not really swimming or beach weather there either – the main attractions of this tourist destination. Moreover, you seek peace and tranquillity, a time to get “back to nature” to recharge your batteries and unwind.

Call of the Cederberg

Experience a break with a difference. Look inland for your winter getaway. Heed the call of the incredible, unspoiled Cederberg region and the unique delights of Kagga Kamma, an exclusive resort set amidst the distinctive sandstone rock formations that are so typical of this area.

The scenery is spectacular and the owners of Kagga Kamma are determined to keep it as nature intended, since much of the features, fauna and flora here are seldomly found anywhere else in South Africa’s diverse landscapes.

Winters

Mid May to August are typical Cederberg winter months. Although this rugged region is in the Western Cape’s winter rainfall area, far less rain occurs in the Cederberg, which is officially classified as semi-desert. Winter nights are cold, but most days are sunny and mild.

Starry Nights

Winter or summer, the Cederberg is the perfect place for nature lovers who value clear, unpolluted fresh air and a peaceful atmosphere, without compromising on the quality of their accommodation, cuisine and amenities.

Because the resort is remote from other human settlements which adversely affect the pristine atmosphere, the canopy of stars across the night sky appears close enough to touch.

In the area, there is a mini observatory, where our Kagga Kamma guests can learn more about the magical, twinkling constellations during a stargazer tour – only one of many interesting leisure pursuits on offer.

Cosy “Cave” Accommodation

During hot summer months, our open-air “rooms” prove exceptionally popular, but many guests prefer our snugly cosy “cave” or traditional hut accommodation when winter sets in, when heaters are provided for all enclosed suites.

Our “cave” suites were constructed specifically to blend into the surrounding rock formations, almost indistinguishable from that which nature provided. Designs were inspired by the beautiful rugged landscape and Cederberg’s rich cultural history.

Within and without, our guests’ comfort is paramount. Outside, each one of ten air-conditioned private suites is fronted by a furnished terrace, whilst within, you’ll find a comfy double bed, en-suite bathroom with fluffy bathrobes, and complimentary toiletries, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.

Five thatched hut rondavels are reminiscent of the shelters built by the San people who once dwelt here (fine examples of their rock art can be seen on our tours of this name). Huts are air conditioned and accommodate king sized or twin beds, double sleeper couches and amenities similar to those of “caves”.

Your Winter Getaway Accommodation Awaits

Make your booking, pack some warm winter clothes and a few lightweight garments for warm days, and get set for an unforgettable getaway this year in the heart of the Cederberg at Kagga Kamma. We know that you’ll look forward to next winter’s break here too.