Luxury Holiday Destinations

Wilderness Accommodation Near Ceres

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.

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Cederberg Mountains Luxury Accommodation

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.

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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.

Romantic Vacations in a Romantic Destination

Many people plan their romantic vacations around a special event, deemed worthy of spending a little extra in order to ensure that their destination and all it offers is as exceptional as is the reason for selecting somewhere and something out of the ordinary.

However, you really don’t have to wait for such an occasion to visit a really unique and very romantic resort, such as Kagga Kamma, where romance is bound to find you, even if you were not actually looking for it.

“Why?” you may well ask. At our 4-star lodge, we confidently say: “Why not?” Unless you’re totally impervious to the charm of the Cederberg wilderness, you’ll soon find out for yourself why our hidden gem holds such appeal for our visitors – South Africans or tourists from abroad.

Our glorious landscape is Karoo-like, yet unique to this area, featuring spectacular sandstone rocky outcrops, weathered by centuries of sun, wind and rain. Much of the abundant fauna and flora encountered here are seldom seen in other parts of the country.

Perfect Partners

Peace and quiet reigns supreme, apart from birdsong and night sounds of small predators, such as the jackal. Night skies are breathtaking. Bright stars appear to be close enough to touch. Nature’s bounty, starlight and romance are perfect partners.

Because the resort is not near human settlements, there’s no air or light pollution during any season. Many visitors find that they’ve never slept better than at our resort – that’s what breathing pure, fresh unadulterated air does for one. Simply relax and unwind and/or take part in the various activities and tours on offer, along with your loved one.

Vacation Activities

Our part of the Cederberg was once home to the San people, ancient hunter-gatherers of the African continent. They’ve left behind ample evidence of their presence and activities in the form of magnificent rock art paintings, which may be viewed during our guided rock art tours – a step back into history, closer to its air of romance.

Guided nature drives, quad bike safaris, hikes, mountain biking, rock climbing, 4×4 trails, educational reptile talks and tours, and romantic sundowner trips are also on the menu of enjoyable activities.

Romance of Dining

Speaking of the menu, you’re in for a treat of delicious South African fare at our à la carte restaurant or the outdoor boma, amidst rock formations and under the stars. Select fine, locally produced wines from the renowned Cape Winelands to pair with a romantic dinner. There’s also a cosy bar at which to relax with the drink of your choice.

Romantic Accommodation

We’ve possibly left one of Kagga Kamma’s best features for last – unique and ultimately romantic vacation accommodation. Private, comfy, cosy cave or hut suites offer luxurious amenities, including air conditioning, whilst retaining the essence of the rugged terrain and San heritage. Our Outcrop open-air room allows a pair of guests to sleep safely, under the night sky.

The latest and arguably most romantic option consists of the beautifully appointed Star Suite, located on a platform beneath the stars, discretely situated about 3 kilometres from the main lodge. Here, you and your beloved have your own natural rock pool, an open-air bath with nothing to obstruct your view and an indulgent outdoor shower under a canopy of stars. Romantic? Oh yes, indeed.

Why You Should Lose Your Selfie and Go Off-Grid at Our Luxury Resort in the Cederberg

One of the things that have recently surfaced on social media more often is the need for individuals to cut themselves off from the ever-invasive technology that surrounds them on a constant basis.  Interacting with technology via cellphones, tablets and computers is proving to take up great chunks of time in people’s lives, while around 50% of that time is not always productive or necessary.  Emotions run high when newsfeeds are read, stress builds around issues displayed on social media and personal communication and relaxation are compromised.

In an age where technology dominates large portions of the normal person’s life, it has become necessary to be removed from these invasive influences.  While most people are working on doing this voluntarily by taking a break from technology for a little while at certain times, it takes real dedication to completely go off-grid, where the temptation of technological interaction will not be present to ruin your detox.

At Kagga Kamma, our luxury resort in the Cederberg, we have perfected the art of getting away from technology to enjoy a complete technical detox.

6 Top Benefits of a Digital Detox

  1. Better creativity:  While constantly engaging with issues and being bombarded with information and demands, we have little time to sit back and let the brain do its creative thing.  Even problem solving requires a creative brain. While being overwhelmed, it is impossible to find the serenity needed to constructively find creative solutions or stimulate creativity for other purposes.
  2. Relaxation:  It is impossible to relax next to a cellphone that is constantly buzzing.  It is like living with an alarm clock that goes off at unexpected times.  It jars the mind and invades relaxing moments.  Cutting off interaction with technology takes away that shock factor and allows for better quality relaxation.
  3. Connecting with others: While using technology, people have a tendency to dismiss or disregard people who share their physical space at that time.  Friends, family and children are ignored while a Facebook post is typed or an email response is needed.  A digital detox promotes better communication and interaction with others.
  4. Less multitasking:  A cellphone in the hand often requires high levels of multitasking.  While multitasking in itself is not a bad thing, doing it on a constant basis is exhausting and prevents us from focusing on one thing at a time.  This means that important matters don’t always enjoy the attention that they deserve.  Focusing on one thing at a time often translates into better problem solving and more satisfactory outcomes.
  5. Setting the schedule:  When answering an email or text at midnight, we effectively teach the sender of the message that you are available at this time, and this means that we are working according to someone else’s schedule. If you go off-grid during certain times of the day or week, others will learn to fit in with your communication schedule, which gives you the freedom to enjoy time on your own terms.
  6. Think more:  Being bombarded with bleeps and feeds all day allows very little time for thinking.  Taking time off from the noise is essential for thought processes to flow and for the brain to relax, which results in more and better thinking.

If you would like to benefit from a digital detox, book an off-grid holiday or weekend at our luxury resort in the Cederberg.  While only 2 hours from Cape Town, Kagga Kamma gives you the ideal opportunity to find yourself again in stunning natural surroundings in plush comfort.  Give us a call today and book your digital detox with us!

The Beautiful Cederberg and Luxurious Accommodation

The undeniable natural beauty of the Cederberg region has created a huge demand for tourist accommodation. Characterised by its rugged rocky terrain, interspersed with a prolific assortment of colourful fynbos, it is also home to numerous wildlife species. Also, many of the reddish sandstone surfaces relate the daily lives of the San people, who once inhabited this area, through their enduring rock art. Served only by the two bordering towns of Clanwilliam and Citrusdal, the area is quite sparsely populated and so provides the perfect retreat for those who may long to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life for a while. Continue reading

A Spectacular Romantic Honeymoon Destination in the Cederberg Mountains

By definition, a romantic honeymoon destination must be able to provide the newlyweds with the peace and seclusion they need while, at the same time, offering them all of the luxury and pampering that they want. While, this is a combination that you are unlikely to find in the average resort, however luxurious the hotel may be, Kagga Kamma offers not just both of these sought-after qualities, but also the promise of a totally unique experience. To say that we offer our guests a destination with a difference is, perhaps, something of an understatement. Continue reading

Unique Holiday Destinations in the Western Cape

The Western Cape region is one of the most unique holiday destinations worldwide and it provides visitors with more to do than just watching animals or driving around. The location is ideal for visitors of all ages, as it provides more activities to pursue on land and sea than you are likely to find anywhere else. Inevitably, especially as the Easter weekend begins to loom, you may find yourself wondering what you are going to do with the family. Continue reading

The Most Prestige Cederberg Luxury Holiday Destinations in South Africa

One of a kind holiday options are available in the Western Cape’s Cederberg area as one of the most sought after luxury holiday destinations and the ultimate in comfort and relaxation. A perfect holiday has the potential to break everyday stress and a mundane work cycle. When one emerges from a memorable holiday, you are once again are ready to take on the world. Continue reading