Explore the History of the San with a Rock Art Tour

The southern parts of Africa boast some of the biggest legacies on earth with ancient rock art tours. In the Cederberg Mountains, there are more than two thousand sites where the San, or Bushmen, painted their silent stories onto rock faces and cliffs, and the majority of these sites are easily accessible for visitors.

Here, through these ancient drawings, narratives are found that document the lives of the inhabitants of these rugged mountains and valleys, people who understood life here and tread lightly on nature. Their paintings are lively and meaningful, and these make a huge impression on anybody who is fortunate enough to encounter them.  The meaning of these artworks is not lost to age, and there are still many undiscovered art treasures to be found in this beautiful and rugged landscape.

For those who would like to see these wonders it is best to do a rock art tour with a professional.  Those who live and operate in the area are familiar with rock art sites and their accessibility, and they are able to lead rock art enthusiasts to the best sites to engage with these ancient drawings.

Book a Rock Art Tour at Kagga Kamma

Located in the heart of the Cederberg, Kagga Kamma is a luxury guest lodge that caters to discerning guests who like to get out and explore.  The lodge provides guests with the unique opportunity to experience unusual accommodations such as caves, open air rooms and traditional huts that are all luxuriously furnished and decorated.

Everything our guests need to make their stay unforgettable is provided – from delectable meals prepared by an expert chef with local, seasonal produce, to a range of adventures or a relaxing massage at our spa.  The beautiful landscapes surrounding the lodge provide ample opportunity for hiking, star gazing, quad biking, hiking and a host of other activities that also include tours to the rock art sites in the area.

Our very special rock art tour is guided by an expert ranger who has experience and training in the field, and is familiar with most of the local rock art sites.  A wealth of information is imparted about the art, the methods of painting and the lifestyle that is portrayed of these fascinating people.  As there are still a host of paintings that remain undiscovered, guests may also experience the thrill of discovering their own rock art site!

At Kagga Kamma, our guests lose themselves in the luxury of our lodge and the richness of nature around them.  The beauty of the rugged landscapes and the spectacle of the Cederberg sunsets and sunrises are bewitching, and our guests find themselves returning to this setting again and again to explore even further and to be further beguiled by the diversity of the flora and fauna in this region.  The setting is incredible restful and relaxing, and with only ninety minutes’ drive between the rushed Cape Town city life and the complete tranquillity and luxury of our lodge in the Cederberg, it is easy to see why so many people choose to come here to restore their senses and to commune with nature.

If you are keen to explore the Cederberg or to do a professionally guided and informative rock art tour, give our team at Kagga Kamma a call today!

Hiking in the Cederberg – An Adventurer’s Paradise!

If you love hiking, the Cederberg is one of the places you simply have to explore.  Only ninety minutes’ drive from Cape Town, this area offers a very special combination of enticements for those who like to explore on foot.  Today, a large part of the Cederberg and surround area is recognised as a World Heritage site, and it is also a large part of the Cape Floral Kingdom of South Africa.

The Attractions in This Area

  • A variety of sites where San rock art dating back to pre-colonial hunters and gatherers can be seen
  • The rugged mountain range with vivid red rock formations and sandstone cliffs that have been carved and shaped by the elements over millions of years
  • Very rare and endangered flora that cannot be encountered anywhere else
  • A variety of animal and bird species – some of which are very rare, such as the Cape Mountain Leopard
  • Quaint village in the mountains that were set up by Bohemian missionaries where small communities of farmers and rooibos tea growers live and work together.

The Weather and Atmosphere

The weather is ambient for hiking almost all year-round; although in the summer it can get very hot during the day and in winter it could be very cold to camp at night.  The vast territory provides plenty of space to explore on foot, and an abundance of hiking trails can be found of various lengths and degrees of difficulty.  This makes it a great destination for those who need to get out of the city to have some adventure and to engage with nature in a more intimate way.  Here it is possible to experience wonder, excitement and tranquillity, and the natural landscape and brilliant surroundings provide some quality experiences for those who like to commune closely with nature.

Hiking at Kagga Kamma

Located in the heart of the Cederberg, Kagga Kamma is a luxury guest lodge and resort that provides guests with the opportunity to explore the unique environment and build experiences that are simply unforgettable.  All the comforts and luxuries that one would expect from a quality lodge are provided:  from luxurious, private accommodation and delectable food to an on-site spa and plenty of opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoors as well as the indoor environment.  The setting is restful and tranquil, and a range of activities such as quad biking, hiking, star gazing, rock art trips are available at times that suit our guests.

Here you can venture out into nature on one of our many hiking trails and become entranced with the fascinating sights and sounds of the wonders of this environment.  We have experienced guides that can accompany you to all the wonderful sites and point out flora and wildlife.  We believe that exploration of nature as an element of life which is absolutely vital, and we do our best to stir this belief in our guests.  We encourage our visitors to engage and discover, to search and to survey, and to encounter how truly wonderful it can be to delve into the many wonders of a natural environment.

For more information about hiking and other activities at Kagga Kamma, give our friendly team a call today!

Pick of Western Cape’s Cederberg Holiday Resorts

Voted amongst the top tourist destinations in the world, the Western Cape offers so much more than holiday resorts built alongside clean white beaches and azure water, the unique character and delights of the city of Cape Town, Cape Agulhas – the southernmost tip of the African continent – Table Mountain with/without its fluffy white tablecloth, and world class vineyards and wineries. As any local will tell you, the Western Cape Province offers much, much more than this.

Something for Everyone

One of the Western Cape’s most fascinating, charming assets is the fact that there is such a diversity of activities, landscapes, fauna and flora, things to see and do, and holiday resorts offering excellent accommodation and facilities near or in the midst of each area, catering for a diversity of preferences.

It’s All There

If you want entertainment and urban activity, it is there. If lounging on the beach is your thing, you’re in luck. The mountains are here, whilst people who want to escape crowds and city life have umpteen options to get away from it all, back into pristine, unspoiled nature, peace and tranquillity – without having to undertake a long, exhausting journey inland.

Another Western Cape Jewel

Only relatively recently discovered by lucky holiday makers, the Cederberg wilderness area, and our resort in particular, is another fine jewel in the crown of the Western Cape’s glorious offerings.

In the mid-1980s, three visionary men, founders of our resort, saw the potential and recognised the unique scenic beauty and appeal of a particular part of this region. Collectively, they bought up three adjoining farms and a secluded section known as Kagga Kamma in 1986.

A year later, a small stone cottage was erected, where they visited and entertained their friends. This proved to be so popular with their guests that they decided to develop the property further, within very strict parameters.

Nature Reserve

In order to preserve the wild, pristine landscape, its unique fauna and flora, outstanding examples of ancient Bushman rock art and the prevailing ambience, they converted their land acquisition into a nature reserve in 1988.

Another adjacent farm, named Grootvlei, was also acquired in 1989, enabling them to provide additional potable water of fine quality to their nature reserve. Soon, the first chalets were constructed, carefully adhering to the landscape’s features so as to blend in, rather than stand out. Several antelope species, which thrive in such an area, were also introduced.

Unique Accommodation

Today, the accommodation on offer here in the Cederberg is completely unique, as is the inimitable experience of visitors to our luxurious holiday resort, where we, our guests and the wider community strive to protect and maintain this magnificent environment and ecosystem.

Five roomy, en suite chalets have been constructed to appear as though they grow out of the surrounding rock formations, while our ten cave suites are built right into sandstone formations. All have private patios with outdoor furniture, the occupant’s love to relax in uninterrupted peace and quiet.

When weather permits, visitors can choose to spend a night in the open, in ultimate luxury, right under the stars, in a double bed alongside a glowing fire – an exclusive, one of a kind opportunity to experience Cederberg at night in an entirely unique way.

Don’t Delay

Why wait? Book now to experience the holiday of a lifetime at our luxurious resort in the heart of the Western Cape’s Cederberg wilderness – we know you will want to return, over and over again.

Cater for Yourself or Dine Out Under Cederberg Stars

Have you ever wondered why some people prefer self-catering accommodation when they are travelling or on holiday in the Cederberg and elsewhere in South Africa, particularly if full board options, with all meals catered for, are on offer?

Wouldn’t it just be so much easier not to have to prepare your own meals, just sit down and be served, instead of catering for yourself at a Cederberg resort? There are numerous reasons why certain of our visitors prefer to go for this DIY option.

The Advantages of Self-catering

  • Not everyone eats three meals per day.
  • Many prefer to eat when they are hungry, not when the clock tells them that it is time to have a meal, so they prefer to see to their own food.
  • Dietary requirements differ, especially nowadays, when so many persons have food allergies and intolerances. Certain health conditions require special diets. All these folks feel more secure if they shop and cook for themselves.
  • Different cultures have varying preferences where meals, preparation methods and their foodstuffs and ingredients are concerned, some of which may be completely foreign to the average South African palate. They would rather see to their own meals.
  • Children can be very fussy eaters. Many parents cook accordingly.
  • Self-catering accommodation is more affordable than a full board option, particularly for larger groups. Bed and breakfast rates typically fall in between the aforementioned room/accommodation rates and may present a good compromise.

So-called Disadvantages

There really are very few disadvantages to selecting a self-catering option. The few that do exist are considered part of the pleasure and fun of the holiday break by many guests, certainly not as disadvantages.

Firstly, you need to bring your foodstuffs and supplies with you to a relatively remote wilderness area like the Cederberg wilderness area, where the next shop is not just around the corner, so you will probably need to draw up a shopping list, so as not to forget anything you are likely to need.

However, food and grocery shopping for your self-catering holiday builds that eager anticipation and sense of adventure. (We can assist with emergency grocery supplies for guests at our exclusive resort in the heart of the Cederberg, but this is not the norm.) Secondly, you prepare your own meals, but only very few will view this as a disadvantage, because here, there is no rush; you cook and eat at your leisure.

3 Options

Even though our guest numbers are limited in order to provide our visitors with a true Cederberg wilderness experience and perfect privacy in the midst of unspoiled natural surroundings, we offer 3 meal options – full board, bed and breakfast and self-catering, ensuring that all preferences are met.

Our self-catering chalets are only made available to timeshare owners, DAE and RCI exchanges and TradeUnipoint.com members, subject to availability. These luxurious units have fully equipped kitchens, indoor fireplaces/braais and private outdoor boma braai facilities. Also outdoors, campers are situated near the swimming pool and they normally prefer to see to their own meals too.

If You Don’t Want to Cook

When/if you do not feel like cooking, you will be delighted with the freshly prepared a la carte meals provided, and lovingly prepared by our in-house gourmet chef, Willem Kruger. Breakfasts and lunches are served at the restaurant and dinners, accompanied by a selection of fine wines, are enjoyed under the night time Cederberg canopy of stars – an idyllic break from self-catering.

Honeymooners’ Cederberg Paradise

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.

Origins

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.

 

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.

Cederberg Honeymoon

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.

Wilderness Luxury

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.

Memorable Accommodation

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.

This Unique Cederberg Accommodation Offers Visitors Luxury with a Difference

The demand for Cederberg accommodation has grown steadily, especially in recent years. Always a favourite destination among the local tourists, the nation’s readmission into the international community has, since, also served to draw the attention of large numbers of overseas travellers to the many attractive features of this Western Cape resort. Continue reading