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.
Erstwhile Urban Self-Catering Accommodation
Flat rentals generally restricted one’s choice of destination to a urban area, because each unit was part of a block of flats, a type of building not usually found outside urban boundaries. Only vacation homes and flats allowed for self-catering convenience, which was normally a less expensive option if the family group was large and one compared rates per person to those of a hotel. Gradually, the prevailing trend for holiday accommodation swung away from hotels in favour of self-catering establishments. Over a period of time, the reason for this shift centred less around cost savings and instead started to favour the freedom from having set mealtime routines and dress codes. It became a lifestyle choice and not so much a price-driven one.
Discovering the Cederberg’s Charm
Although initially completely unrelated to leisure travellers’ accommodation preferences, a select few people also began to discover the inimitable, alluring beauty, the leisure travel, and self-catering accommodation possibilities proffered by the Cederberg. The owner and founders of Kagga Kamma were three such entrepreneurs, who fell in love with the unforgettable charm of the unspoiled Cederberg, its plains and its distinctive rough sandstone rock formations. Together, they purchased some 15 000 ha of land in the region.
On this land, the first newly built, semi self-catering guest accommodation was a small stone cottage, which the owners erected to house friends who were frequent weekend visitors, having discovered the Cederberg’s charm for themselves. In 1988, the land was converted into a nature reserve in order to preserve its natural fauna and flora and its San rock art paintings. After enlarging their property further to ensure a plentiful supply of pure, fresh water, the first self-catering guest chalets were built in what was to become Kagga Kamma Private Nature Reserve’s resort, offering visitors a one-of-a-kind, supremely memorable holiday experience.
Guests at Kagga Kamma have several accommodation options from which to choose. Some are totally self-catering, while others are semi self-catering. However, our excellent à la carte restaurant provides lovely breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Visitors should note that open-air rooms only sleep two persons and are therefore not designed for family accommodation.
The following accommodation options are available:
- Star Suite – a night in the open under the stars;
- Outcrop Room –open-air;
- Cave and Hut Suites –with tea/coffee making facilities;
- Timeshare Chalets – fully-equipped kitchens, fully self-catering;
- Camping – authentically self-catering.
Although it’s unlikely that only one visit will be enough for you, you simply must place Cederberg’s Kagga Kamma on your bucket list, whether you self-cater or not.