Accommodation Amid the Cederberg Mountains
The Cederberg Mountains mean different things to different people. Some will immediately think about rooibos tea, that delicious, healthy brew made from this bountiful little red bush with which the Cederberg has blessed South Africans (rooibos is now also exported). Rock climbers and those who live and love to boulder adore the Cederberg Mountains, where they can do their thing to their heart’s content. Artists, historians, and archaeologists – amateur or otherwise – are fascinated by the outstandingly well-preserved rock art paintings that survived for all to view, evidence of the presence, culture and beliefs of the ancient San people who dwelt and hunted in the area eons ago.
The beautiful town of Ceres is the principal town of the Witzenberg magisterial district, where one could expect to find all the modern conveniences with which to spoil visitors to the area. Nevertheless, it comes as a complete surprise to many a tourist and leisure traveller that superb luxury accommodation is on offer in a remote, rugged wilderness area, not very far from the fertile, fruit-growing Ceres valley.
Ceres was named after the ancient Roman goddess of agriculture. The soil is exceptionally fertile, while the mainly Mediterranean climate is perfect for the Ceres Valley’s important agriculture – growing deciduous fruit, mainly apples, pears, apricots, plums, cherries, and peaches. Much of the fruit is cultivated for the export market; in particularly productive years, the produce from Ceres accounted for almost half of South Africa’s fruit exports, an enormous contribution to the country’s economy. Some of SA’s biggest fruit processing factories that produce canned fruit, dried fruit, and fruit juice, is situated in and around the valley.
The Cederberg: One of the Top Luxury Holiday Destinations in the Western Cape
Looking for the perfect, romantic, and affordable getaway, but on the fence about where you should go? Yes, it’s that time of the year again when everyone is planning their year-end holidays. While you could travel to Knysna, George, or Hermanus, you could also whisk your other half away to one of South Africa’s most prized luxury holiday destinations in the Western Cape, the Cederberg.
The Cedarberg being only two hours from Cape Town, you really don’t have to travel far to experience romance and beauty. A frontrunner of luxury holiday destinations, it is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. A peaceful place where you can experience a romantic getaway unlike any other, the Cederberg is celebrated as being one of the most beautiful luxury holiday destinations in the Western Cape, and here’s why.
Cederberg Self-Catering Accommodation for the Ultimate Romantic Getaway
Looking to whisk your partner away on a romantic getaway to the Cederberg Mountains over the December holidays? Yes, when the end of the year rolls past, everyone is rushing off to book their year-end holidays. Not only is December the one time of the year when you can forget about your work stresses, but I i’s that one time of the year where you can wake up late, spend quality time with your significant other, and just live in the moment.
Situated 200 km north of Cape Town, Cederberg is a place born of pure rugged beauty and solitude. Stretching from the Middelberg Pass at Citrusdal to the Grootrivier in the south, the 71 000-ha mountainous Cederberg terrain offers families, couples, corporates, and tourists a chance to escape the world, relax, get pampered, explore nature, and experience loads of adventure and history.
Variety of Accommodation Options in the Cederberg Nature Reserve Area
South Africans have always loved and been extremely proud of their country’s super selection of game and nature reserves, which has also been a major drawcard for visitors from overseas, and it’s not surprising. Being accommodated in a completely natural environment, away from one’s usual routine and everyday surroundings restores one’s balance and inner peace. However, the country’s designated conservancy areas are about as diverse as the visitors who are attracted to them and wish to immerse themselves in everything each reserve has to offer as well as the natural wonders of Africa at its best.
Luxury Accommodation in the Heart of the Cederberg Mountains
Everyone who has ever been to the Cederberg mountains or is in any way familiar with it knows that this wonderful inland West Coast terrain is most accurately described as rugged and untamed. Although this distinctive mountain range is only about 300 km north of Cape Town, it’s a world apart, hardly the place or region in which one would expect to find a 4-star lodge offering luxury guest accommodation. Nevertheless, it does. This is where you’ll find Kagga Kamma, our exclusive lodge, surrounded by the Cederberg Wilderness Area, proclaimed as such in 1973 and granted World Heritage status in 2004.
Luxury Meets Ancient Culture at Cederberg Self-Catering Lodge
Should you choose to book your Cederberg holiday or weekend breakaway in one of Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve’s self-catering units, it’s unlikely that you’ll decline a few meals at our lovely à la carte restaurant. Here you can indulge in typical South African cuisine at its finest, accompanied by an excellent selection of Cape wines, not to mention spoiling yourself with some of our professional chef’s divine dessert delicacies.
Cater for Yourself or Dine Out in Cederberg Style
The baby boomer generation will recall that there were very limited numbers of self-catering establishments on offer to holidaymakers when they were young. At that time and in the minds many a person, the Cederberg region was just a vague swathe of countryside as it appeared on maps of South Africa’s Western Cape. They knew little else about this rugged wilderness area. Boomers’ parents either booked the family holiday by the sea, in a hotel that provided full board accommodation, rented a free standing holiday home for the duration of their stay, or they signed a short-term rental agreement on a flat.
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.
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.