The Western Cape province of South Africa is arguably the most unique and diverse province in this country. The cold Atlantic is to the west and the warmer Indian to the south, and magnificent, white sandy beaches abound. There’s also Table Mountain and a host of other famous mountain ranges, country villages and hamlets, vineyards galore, and gorgeous, award-winning wines, seafood of all descriptions, vibrant city life and the ultimate solitude, peace, and tranquillity of untamed nature, all within a single province. Continue reading
A Most Romantic Western Cape Honeymoon Destination
“If music be the food of love, play on” said Orsino, one of the characters featured in William Shakespeare’s play, Twelfth Night. This unfortunate soul was impatient and frustrated because his efforts to woo his beloved were not progressing according to plan, try as he may to get things moving in the desired direction. If the troubled, fictional Orsino was a real person, living in the 21st century, we would recommend that he bring his lady love to Kagga Kamma, our unique Western Cape resort and choice honeymoon destination in the heart of the Cederberg. Continue reading
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You have met the love of your life, you have popped that monumental question and she has accepted your proposal of marriage. The date for your wedding has now been set, so it is up to you, as a couple, to decide where to spend your honeymoon. South Africa offers so many outstanding destinations and resorts, that it is really hard to choose but we suggest that you make certain that our resort in the Cederberg appears on your shortlist, if not right at the top.
The Honeymoon Holiday
There was a time when it was purely up to the groom to pick a destination with which to surprise his new wife, but this practice has fallen away and such an important decision is now generally made jointly.
After the marriage ceremony and reception spent with family, loved ones and special friends, the newlyweds usually go away together on holiday and this is the honeymoon. It is their first holiday away together as a married pair, beginning their life together as Mr and Mrs.
It is also a time for them to adjust to their new status and their future in a committed union and it is widely accepted that the purpose is to allow this away from their normal environment, routine, responsibilities and families, at a destination where they are able to focus on themselves.
There are various theories about the origin of this immediate post wedding period and holiday. One possible explanation states that the couple was given a month’s supply of mead, a sweet alcoholic beverage made of fermented honey and water, made for thousands of years throughout the world.
Another theory of the term’s origin was based on the supposition that the first month of marriage was filled with love, tenderness and harmony, and thus the sweetest period of all. However, this explanation may also imply that things were expected to deteriorate thereafter, which most certainly is not the case in modern times.
What Our Cederberg Lodge Offers
Our luxurious lodge in the very heart of the Cederberg Mountains is a dream honeymoon destination. Peace and quiet, tranquillity, seclusion and privacy, unique surroundings with exclusive accommodation and fine dining are standard features and the area is great for select leisure activities.
Air is pure, miles away from bright city lights and ideal for romantic star gazing at night, when all around you is quiet and you feel like the only people in the world but you are not, since our resident chef takes care of all your meals and the wine cellar is well stocked.
En-suite facilities are included in ten luxurious cave suites and five thatched rondavels, attached to the unique rock formations in such a way as to provide complete privacy. You may decide to spend a secluded night under the stars in the unique outcrop open air room, the ultimate romantic experience.
Everything is on hand to pamper and spoil your. You don’t need to lift a finger. A wonderful onsite spa provides massages to relax, detoxify and uplift you, and our personnel will spoil you with a manicure, pedicure or facial. Two sparkling swimming pools, nestled between magnificent sandstone rock formations are perfect for a dip on a hot summer day.
We suggest that you book your Cederberg honeymoon accommodation with us as soon as possible, since our guest numbers are limited, in order to preserve our 4-star exclusivity, the environment, and your privacy.
Unique, Luxurious Honeymooners’ Accommodation in the Cederberg
Congratulations – you have popped the question/accepted the proposal, confirmed the date of your marriage, all the planning and wedding preparations have been set in motion and now it only remains for you to decide on the location of your honeymoon, but have you considered the glorious, pristine Cederberg?
If you want to get away from everything that is mundane or familiar, and spend your time privately and intimately alone with your beloved, the Cederberg and in particular, our exclusive, romantic honeymoon accommodation options are simply a “must”.
About the Cederberg
By car, it only takes about two and a half leisurely hours to reach the heart of the Cederberg region from Cape Town. This undisturbed, unspoiled part of the Western Cape was officially proclaimed as a wilderness area in 1973 and its residents do everything possible to preserve this pristine natural environment.
Breathtaking rock formations and caves have lent themselves to the magnificence of the wild terrain, while attracting ancient rock artists. Fine examples of their work can be seen at numerous local sites, some dating back about 6 000 years.
Unfortunately, there are not many cedar trees to be seen any longer, although conservationists are cultivating and planting new cedars every year to prevent this species from becoming extinct. Nevertheless, there are lots of other wonderful things to experience in our part of nature’s wilderness.
Honeymooners typically prefer to have all of their creature comforts catered for, and this is precisely what we offer at our luxurious 4-star Cederberg lodge, nestled amongst spectacular rock formations in our own private nature reserve.
You will want for nothing, from a cosy, intimate pub, to an excellent à la carte restaurant serving delicious, home-made breakfasts and lunches, and romantic, gourmet fine dining under the Karoo-like night sky, where stars appear brighter and closer than anywhere else.
Our resident chef has 30 years of top culinary experience and even tends his own vegetable and herb garden; only the freshest ingredients reach his (and your) dining table. Our wine collection is carefully selected to ensure perfect pairing with your meals.
Pamper yourselves with relaxing treatments at our onsite spa. Massages and exclusive therapeutic oils focus on uplifting, relaxing and detoxifying your body and spirit, whilst numerous other spa therapies and treatments are also on offer.
A memorable honeymoon deserves equally memorable accommodation. Choose between five spacious, luxuriously appointed thatched chalets, which seem to grow out of the surrounding rock formations, or ten cave suites, built snugly into rocky outcrops, blending in seamlessly with nature’s beauty.
Better yet, reserve our inimitable outdoor suite, offering an opulent night under the stars, and awaken next morning to early birdsong as the sun peeks over the horizon, before beginning its journey across the vast African sky. This exclusive suite offers perfect privacy and outdoor ablution facilities.
It is sheltered on two sides by enormous boulders, which add to the cosy ambience, as do the lanterns on the bedside pedestals and the embers of a glowing fire. Ablution facilities are situated outdoors as well, so guests should note that this accommodation option is weather dependent.
Although we cannot control the weather, we have everything else you could possibly wish for to make your Cederberg honeymoon the ideal way to begin the next chapter of your life, alongside the partner you love above all others.
When choosing romantic honeymoon destinations, nobody would deny that South Africans have an exceptionally wide selection from which to choose. Each of the provinces offers, both newlyweds and holidaymakers in general, something exclusively its own in terms of its appeal. It could be a magnificent mountain range, the sea shore or the riverside, or the fact that it offers visitors an opportunity to experience some of the country’s unique wildlife and plant species. For other visitors, the attraction may lay in the chance to be thoroughly pampered or even to share the experience of a life lived closer to nature than their suburban lifestyles can offer. Continue reading
Choosing the Cederberg as a honeymoon destination will probably not be the first option to cross the minds of most engaged couples, when planning their nuptials. However, for the prospective bride or groom who may have some knowledge or even first-hand experience of the lifestyle at the Kagga Kamma facility, it is very likely to be his or her venue of choice. Situated in the very heart of this picturesque nature reserve, the lodge and its location offer the newlyweds a unique and irresistible opportunity to enjoy that somewhat rare combination of a taste of luxury living within an atmosphere of privacy and tranquillity, set against a dramatic backdrop of raw, natural beauty. Continue reading
There are many reasons why Cederberg accommodation has become so popular. The mountain range takes its name from the now endangered tree species, known as the Clanwilliam cedar, and its widely adopted spelling derives from an amalgam of the English word “cedar” and its Afrikaans equivalent “seder”. More significantly, many now see the area as a welcome escape from the city, perhaps for a honeymoon or a relaxing holiday, while others flock to the region to revel in its wildlife, to experience its diverse and beautiful flora, or to gaze in wonder at the ancient rock art – a legacy of the nomadic Bushmen who once roamed the area and stalked its game. Continue reading