Cederberg Accommodation

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.

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.

“BUSHMEN” HACKS, CULTURE AND FASCINATION WITH THE ELAND

Six Interesting Facts You Have to Know About the San People of Southern Africa

Once Upon A Time … a very long time ago, an interesting clan called Kagga Kamma and the Cederberg area home.  The clan, known collectively as the San (or “Bushmen by some) were a group that were known for their hunting, foraging/gathering and symbolic paintings on cave walls. Their mantra was to live in harmony with each other, with nature and always humbly giving thanks for anything they received. Although the San people have moved on   from Kagga Kamma, there is still evidence at the Reserve of them once living here and the group is still in existence today with the same beliefs, skills and habits of their forefathers.

The San people who make caves, rocks, over hangings and even temporary huts their homes, are certainly a group of people who have many interesting hacks, a remarkable culture and a serious spiritual connection with the eland. See the six interesting facts you need to know about the San below.

1)      Governance, Leadership and Gender Roles – Equality for All

The San people, unlike most other African clans, have no official chief or leader. Instead they govern themselves through group consensus.  So if a fight or dispute happens, lengthy discussions are held until the issue is resolved. Individuals might naturally become leaders in certain areas; like if a member of the clan is the best hunter he or she would naturally become the leader of hunting. Also fascinatingly, gender roles are not fixed in the San culture like so many other cultures– some women hunt and some men forage.

2)      Hunting Hacks – Using Venomous Poison

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The San’s weapon of choice when hunting is the bow and arrow. But instead of having standard arrows in their quivers, they make theirs poisonous or at least the arrowhead contains poison. So the animals they hit are not killed by the actual arrow but by the slow release poison on the arrowhead. This means that the San have to track the animals they hit for a couple of hours in the case of small antelope, several hours for larger game and for something as large as a giraffe, days.

The San are also smart about where they put the poison – it isn’t put on the tip of the arrowhead, which would be fatal if they by mistake cut their fingers on it. Instead it is put on the sides and more often the back of the head.

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What do the San make their poison from? Beetle larvae, poisonous plants, caterpillars and sometimes even snake venom; this is boiled until it makes a toxic jelly substance. What is also truly amazing is that the deadly mixture only affects the area where the arrow hits – the rest of the animal is safe to eat.

3)      Sharing is Caring but the Rule Doesn’t Apply to Everything

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The San hunt together and the people who successfully track and kill an animal gets to distribute the meat as he or she sees fit. So meat is shared amongst the clan. The San women (and some men) are expert foragers and know thousands of plants, which are mainly gathered to eat or for medicinal purposes. Interestingly, foraged items are not shared with the clan like meat is – but it is only shared with the immediate family.

4)      Rock Art – More than just Crude Stick Figures

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San art is often found inside caves or on outcrops; what might look like mere stick figures at a glance is actually art with deep spiritual and religious significance.  One of the most painted animals and the creature with the most spiritual significance is the eland (a large antelope). The Shaman (“Medicine Man”), when painting the eland on cave walls, is not just simply paying homage to the sacred creature but harnessing its essence. Painting actually is a ceremonial act, which in the mind of the San opens a portal into the spiritual realm. Many of the paintings are done in a reddish-brown, orange, white, yellow and black. Kagga Kamma actually has numerous sites and a guided tour where visitors can check out some of this rock art for themselves.

5)      Belief System  – One Main God, Less Significant gods and Respect for the Dead

In general, the San believe in one powerful god and have a few lesser gods. Remarkably, one of the most important spiritual beings is /Kaggen –his name can be translated as meaning mantis. This name and translation possibly stems from the legend that this god manifested as a praying mantis before. But /Kaggen, often known as a trickster, manifests into various forms not just a mantis. This praying mantis business has led to a few people inaccurately believing that the San worship the insect.  Moving away from then insect story…the San also believe it is important to pay homage to the dead.

6)      San Rites of Passage and Spiritual Ceremonies

The eland is a very spiritual creature to the San (as mentioned above). There are four rituals where the eland plays a central role – boys first kill, girl’s first menstruation, marriage and during trance dances. A fascinating ritual happens during the girl’s first menstruation – the girl is isolated in her hut, the San women dance around the hut and enact the eland cow’s mating ritual; the San men act like the eland bull with “horns” on their heads.  This elaborate dance is to keep the girl beautiful, peaceful and protected from hunger and thirst for the rest of her life.

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The San people in Western Cape and beyond are truly remarkable and have unparalleled wisdom, and knowledge of environment they live in.  When a Danish anthropologist, Jens Bjerre once asked an elderly San tribe member how old he was, he responded “I am as young as the most beautiful wish in my heart – and as old as all the unfulfilled longings in my life…”
It seems we have much to learn from the fascinating San culture and people.

To learn more about the San people and see rock art that possibly dates back thousands of years: visit Kagga Kamma for an informative Rock Art Tour.

The Bizarre Collective Nouns of Kagga Kamma

If you are asked what the collective nouns for fish, puppies and birds are– you’d say school, litter and flock with ease, right? Probably equally so if you thought of lions, bees and locusts, which are pride, swarm and plague. But then you move far beyond the normal, the mundane and the examples you can easily recall. You move into collective nouns that are quite literally bizarre, funny and maybe even silly.

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Kagga Kamma has compiled the funniest, most unusual and interesting collective nouns from the mammals, birds and reptiles found at our Reserve.

Kagga Kamma Mammals

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Now some might argue that “aardvark” is already an unusual name (and creature) but did you know the collective noun for them is an armoury? Yes, an armoury of aardvarks. And then you get the Chacma baboon that does not fall into one group but multiple – a troop, flange, tribe, rumpus or congress of baboons. Flange is however contested because it was invented by a comedy writer, Richard Curtis in a Not The Nine O’Clock News skit. Some primatologists swear by a flange of baboons. So we happily included it on our list.

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If you spotted a “group” of leopards you could say “look there are a leap (lepe) of leopards over there”. Porcupine – a prickle; striped polecat – a chine; and wildebeest – an implausibility!  Here are some more collective nouns for you to enjoy:

–       Black Backed Jackal: a pack or skulk of jackals.
–       Burchell’s Zebra: a dazzle or herd of Zebra.
–       Bush Karoo Rat: a colony, horde, pack, plague, swarm of rats.
–       Cape Hare: a drove, down, flick, herd, husk, kindle, leash, trace, trip of hares.
–       Four Striped Grass Mouse: a mischief, horde, nest or trip of mice.
–       Honey Badger: a cete or colony of badgers.

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Kagga Kamma Birds

You probably know that a “flock” of crows are known as a murder? But did you know a “bunch” of eagles are – a convocation or aerie, a “flight” of Karoo Thrush – a mutation and a “cluster” of Jackal Buzzards – a wake. A wake is grimly suitable name when buzzards are often picking the last bits of flesh off a carcass or dead thing; and a wake in human terms is “a watch or vigil held beside the body of someone who has died, sometimes accompanied by ritual observances including eating and drinking”.

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Don’t miss the list of a few more examples below and impress your friends and family with your knowledge:

–       African Harrier Hawk: a mew, aerie, cast, kettle, moulting, screw or stream of hawks.
–       Barn Owl: a parliament or stare of owls.
–       Crowned/ Blacksmith Lapwing: a deceit or desert of lapwings.
–       Cape Turtle/Laughing Dove: a dole, dule, flight, piousness, pitying or prettying of doves.
–       Karoo Lark/Clapper Lark: an exaltation, ascension, bevy and flight of larks.
–       Common Starling: amurmuration, chattering, cloud, clutter or congregation of starlings.
–       Hadeda Ibis: a colony of ibises.

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 Kagga Kamma Reptiles

 

Now for the collective nouns from the more cold-blooded variety…Not everyone find reptiles delightful, interesting and hope for a chance encounter with the tetrapods but fortunately other people find them fascinating. Unfortunately the latter group didn’t give the reptiles their collective nouns; see for yourself below.

A “handful” of snakes are known as a den, a bed, a knot, nest, pit or a trogle. Black Spitting Cobras or Cape Cobras are known as a quiver collectively – probably a side effect of seeing one; and Puff or Red Adder is a sum.

Groups of Cape Sand/Western Sandveld/Dwarf Plated Lizards… in fact any and all the lizards at Kagga Kamma are known as a lounge of lizards. Finally, the poor tortoises! Somewhere along the way the tortoise must have gotten a bad reputation because a “team” of tortoises is officially known as a creep.

Now that you know your dazzle, from your aerie or mutation from your creep… what would you call a bunch of your friends and family on holiday? A good time? An exhaustion?

 Let us know below!

Cederberg Self-Catering

Self-Catering Cederberg Accommodation with Luxury Options

A few generations ago, there were very few self-catering establishments in South Africa at which holidaymakers and tourists could arrange accommodation. There weren’t many bed and breakfast facilities either. Most travellers stayed at hotels, because there was little other choice, unlike today, when self-catering options abound across the country.

At more or less the same time (predating the appearance of self-catering facilities), the Cederberg region was mainly an agricultural area, but only in parts where arable land was suitable to sustain farming activities.

Nature in a Natural Reserve

The rest was left as it had always been for centuries, when the only known inhabitants were the San bushmen. Outstanding examples of their distinctive rock art and habitation can still be seen today across sheltered, craggy rock outcrops in our part of the Cederberg, known as Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve.

The population of the Cederberg always remained relatively small, spread sparsely across the land. Overall, the area remained wild, unexploited and unspoiled, rather as it is now – 710km2 of rugged wilderness which became a World Heritage Site in 2004.

It’s a perfect destination for eco tourists and lovers of nature, in addition to those who seek wide open spaces, peace and tranquillity when on holiday and while enjoying a total breakaway.

Kagga Kamma, Cederberg’s 4-Star Luxury Gem

At Kagga Kamma, everything started in 1987 on a purely self-catering basis. This was the year during which three enterprising gentlemen recognised the rugged beauty and potential of the area, in which they purchased Kagga Kamma, plus three adjoining farms.

The following year, a small stone cottage was erected, allowing their friends to join them when they visited. This facility and the opportunity to “get away from it all” proved so popular, that they decided to extend their accommodation and facilities after converting Kagga Kamma into a nature reserve and then acquiring another adjoining farm to ensure a supply of top-quality, pure potable water.

Not long after this, the first self-catering chalets were built, taking every possible care to blend in with and preserve the beauty of the natural surroundings and inimitable landscape with its characteristic sandstone formations.

As before, all supplies had to be bought and brought in from the nearest towns, because of Kagga Kamma’s remote location. Our resort is some 300km from Cape Town by road and somewhat closer to Citrusdal and Clanwilliam, something of which visitors should be aware if they wish to self-cater. Emergency grocery supplies are available at the resort.

Self-Catering Accommodation

Guests who prefer self-catering accommodation in our comprehensively equipped chalets must be timeshare members of RCI and DAE exchange programmes or alternatively conduct rentals via TradeUnipoint.com, both being subject to availability.

Two camping sites, Swartrug and Bobbejaanskrans, offer self-catering and give the self-reliant campers the opportunity to see to their own needs independently. The former, one and a half kilometres from the main buildings, features a swimming pool and communal warm water ablution facility. The latter camp is more rugged and remote, only accessible with a 4×4 vehicle. Neither is equipped with electricity, however.

Luxurious Options

Our other options are completely unique too, yet cosset guests in the lap of 4-star luxury. While visitors can use braai facilities to do their own catering, most combine braais with meals at our excellent restaurant – something for everyone in the heart of the Cederberg.

Accommodation in Cederberg That Is Different and Unique

The December season feels like a long time ago and this time of year, people are starting to feel the inevitable fatigue that sets in once all the New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside and real life has started to become set in a routine for a while again.  This is exactly the time that you need to refresh your mind and your body with a little break, even if it is just to get away for a weekend.

In addition to getting away for a while, you will probably feel the need to unplug from the rest of the world as well, and taking a holiday away from your email and social media accounts may be just what the doctor ordered!  This is why the Cederberg is highly rated amongst professionals that need a true escape from city life from time to time.  In the Cederberg, life slows down, there is no interference from technology, and there are a lot of other, more worthwhile things to do, like reconnecting with nature and gazing dreamily at the stars.

There is great variety of Cederberg accommodation, but if you need something different, you simply have to visit us at Kagga Kamma.  Located only a three-hour drive from the city, our highly sought-after lodge offers an experience that you won’t soon forget.  Here you can go off the grid, and explore, discover and relax to your heart’s content in beautiful surroundings that will truly put you back in touch with the energies of nature again.

One of the best things about our Cederberg accommodation is the bedrooms.  Carved elaborately into the massive sandstone rocks, these spacious rooms offer you a glimpse of what it is like to sleep in a luxuriously furnished and ornately decorated cave.  Here you can literally dwell surrounded by earth, and the open-top cave bedroom with the sky window brings the sparkling stars of the bright desert night sky right down to your bed.  There is also an opportunity to stay in African rondavel styled luxury huts, and here you will sense the ambience of ancient history and cultures.  At Kagga Kamma, we provide the most unique Cederberg accommodation options, and you will be charmed by the rest of the lodge, the activities and our wonderful culinary abilities.

At Kagga Kamma, we also offer a wide range of activities for our guests to enjoy.  Those with adventurous spirits can get out into the wild and explore and discover ancient cave art in a variety of locations, enjoy guided quad-bike tours, take long hikes to consider the fauna and flora, marvel at the spectacle of the flower season, or go star gazing at night with a wonderful picnic.  Back at the lodge, you can laze around the pristine swimming pool, enjoy a delectable meal under the stars, or just relax in your room.

If you are looking for the ultimate experience that includes unique Cederberg accommodation, adventure, discovery (or rediscovery) of nature, major relaxation, blissful surroundings, starry nights, and outstanding cuisine and wines, please contact our team at Kagga Kamma to book your getaway today!

The Ultimate in Cederberg Self-catering Destinations

Tired of the city and looking for a wonderful place to rest and relax?  Do you want to get away from technology and hit the “off” switch for a while?  Are you looking for a spectacular getaway where you can reconnect with nature again?  Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve is one of the most recommended Cederberg self-catering locations. Here you can fall off the map and enjoy luxurious accommodation in natural surroundings, as well as a lot of fun activities that will make your sojourn unforgettable.

Situated only three hours’ drive from Cape Town in the south-eastern region of the Cederberg, Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve is the perfect place to get away from it all, to go off-grid and to commune with nature.  A variety of accommodation types is offered here. You can choose between an open-air room, the Honeymoon Cave, Premium Deluxe Caves and traditional African huts. All the cave rooms are elaborately carved from the sandstone rocks and have private terraces where our guests can relax.  The high-quality furnishings are beautiful and luxurious, and the tastefully decorated bedrooms are peaceful and tranquil, just perfect for the ultimate getaway.

In the open-air bedrooms, guests enjoy sleeping under the bejewelled night sky with stars almost close enough to touch. It is the perfect setting for honeymooners or couples looking for a romantic escape. While there are many other Cederberg self-catering spots, at Kagga Kamma we provide you with a totally unique experience that will be unforgettable for all the right reasons!

Hungry guests can look forward to scrumptious meals and a vast selection of wines from the Cape Winelands at our restaurant.  For those who crave more privacy or romance, there is nothing better than a private picnic dinner under the stars.  Our outdoor boma also provides the perfect setting for a dinner under the night sky.

For the more adventurous guests and those who like to commune with nature, we have a variety of activities on offer.  Nature drives and hikes, guided quad bike trips, a reptile educational trip, star gazing tour and fascinating rock art tours can be organised, and our knowledgeable guides are on hand to tell guests more about the surroundings, the plants, animals and reptiles.  We also have a very popular 4×4 route for those who like their adventure on wheels.

Wildlife and Nature

The Cederberg area is exceptional because the Karoo wilderness here remains largely untouched, and rare fauna and flora can be found exclusively in this area.  The annual flower season is spectacular – suddenly the rugged valleys and mountain slopes burst into vivid carpets of colour.  This phenomenon is a display of natural wonder that is enjoyed by visitors from far and wide, and it is one of the best attractions during the period between August and November.  A wide variety of rare shrubs and fynbos is also found here, and botanists regularly visit to discover more species.  The fauna here include zebra, wildebeest, duiker, steenbok, eland and a host of other species. We recommend that you take a hike with our trained guides to marvel at the interesting environment and to discover some ancient Bushmen drawings in the caves.

If you are looking for the ideal Cederberg self-catering getaway, give our friendly and hospitable team a call at Kagga Kamma today to book your stay!

The Very Best in Cederberg Honeymoon Destinations

As if planning a wedding is not stressful enough, you still have to reserve some of your decision-making savvy and direct it to the one thing that will be just as important (but more enjoyable!) than the wedding day: the honeymoon location.  Before you spend many hours and days drowning in tour brochures, pamphlets and unsolicited advice from just-married friends, read this first!

If you are the kind of person who likes nature, the outdoors, luscious luxury, unbelievable night skies, romance, adventure and delectable food, you are in for a treat.  While a lot of places can fulfil some of these requirements, there are very few that can do all of them at once.  Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve is tucked away in the majestic mountains of the Cederberg and offers everything that you need for a perfect honeymoon.  It is secluded and private, and here you can spend intimate time together in the lap of luxury, while still being very close to nature. At Kagga Kamma, we offer honeymooners a completely unique experience, and our guests often leave here with the belief that a Cederberg honeymoon is the best type of honeymoon that there is!

In addition to the obvious comforts, there is also the magic and romance of the location and the history of the area.  The origins of this location are mysterious and age-old, and there are many treasures to discover in the ancient rocks of the Cederberg.  Here you can follow the trail of the old Bushmen and find out more about their lives in the early rock drawings.  This history-rich area situated amongst the caves, valleys and ragged mountain peaks is breathtaking, and at night the stars in the crystal clear skies feel almost close enough to touch.

There are also other reasons that Kagga Kamma is the perfect place for a Cederberg honeymoon.  For those who choose to be more active, there are plenty of opportunities and activities that can burn off that extra energy, while revelling in the beautiful surrounds.  For quad bike enthusiasts, there are spectacular quad bike safaris and mountain bike lovers can take advantage of the wonderful mountain bike trails through the reserve.  Our guests also like to appreciate nature on foot on one of our scenic hiking trails.  After a day filled with activities, appetites can be quenched by delectable food from our à la carte menu, and our stylish ladies’ bar provides the perfect place to chat over a drink.  If privacy is required, a private picnic under the stars can also be arranged.

Our accommodation is something unique – with a choice between rooms carved into the sandstone rocks, an open-air love nest underneath the bejewelled sky, and rustic yet luxurious African rondavels, there is something unforgettable for even the most discerning guests to love.  Here our honeymooners can spend their days relaxing far from any distractions.  If serious pampering is on the menu, our Relax Spa is the perfect place to get a massage or beauty treatment.

At Kagga Kamma, you will experience what true luxury feels like, and our high service standards and stunning lodge with quality furnishings will make you reluctant to leave!  If you are looking for the perfect Cederberg honeymoon destination, call our team today to make your booking!

Inimitable Accommodation in the Heart of the Pristine Cederberg

We would like to share news with you about a precious gem in the Western Cape area, loved by those in the know and as yet undiscovered by others who have never travelled to this region – Cederberg – and the finest, most unusual accommodation to be had, virtually anywhere in South Africa.

What makes the Cederberg and our unique accommodation facilities in the heart of this glorious landscape so singular and exceptional? The answer and reasons are manifold, possibly to many to mention, but we will gladly share a few of them with you.

Undisturbed Nature was There First

It all begins with the magnificent features provided by Mother Nature, the passage of time and changing climatic conditions over millions of years, and how we have adapted our lodge to blend seamlessly into its craggy surroundings, under the clear, wide African sky.

While staying with us, you are immersed in unspoiled nature’s wonders. When sipping a pre-dinner sundowner on your private deck, you will see for yourself why the night sky and stars appear closer to earth than anywhere else. There is no pollution, only crisp, clean Cederberg air and small sounds, typical of the African night.

À La Carte Dining

You may also enjoy your pre-dinner drink in our cosy pub, where you can socialise with fellow visitors, watch your favourite sports matches on TV or make use of WiFi facilities to catch up with the busy world, seemingly very far away.

Fine dining under the night sky, carpeted with twinkling stars, awaits you at the lodge. With more than 30 years’ top class experience, our resident chef prepares wonderful à la carte dishes for the most discerning palates, from his own creative local, Karoo inspired dishes to international cuisine and delicious fresh seafood dishes and delectable desserts.

Breakfasts and lunches are also served at the restaurant, so that you don’t have to lift a finger – simply relax and enjoy. Our chef creates scrumptious cakes and pastries for your pleasure and the well-stocked wine cellar offers a carefully chosen range of fine wines to compliment every dish and taste.

Uncompromising 4-Star Luxury

Visitors should note that guest numbers are limited, in order to preserve the tranquillity and ambience which pervades our resort and the area. Despite this, we nevertheless provide 4-star, luxurious modern amenities, appointments and facilities to ensure the ultimate comfort and convenience of our valued guests.

In all likelihood, you have never slept in a cave before. When visiting us, doing so does not imply that you need to don an animal pelt and live rough. On the contrary, ten luxuriously appointed cave suites accommodate you in the lap of luxury, even during winter, when heaters keep you warm, snug and cosy in your natural stone en-suite shelter.

Five thatched, private en-suite rondavels appear to grow out of their natural rock walls and the Outcrop rock room allows you to sleep directly under the stars, in the open and also in absolute luxury, subject to weather conditions.

Well Worth the Visit

Once will never be enough, but if you have never been to the Cederberg and if you have not stayed at our resort, it is time you did and we know you will be back again to experience the delights of our region, our resort and luxurious accommodation.