Kagga Kamma private game reserve is located in an untouched malaria free wilderness area near Ceres to the South of the magnificent Cedarberg Mountains, 250km (40 min. flying time) from Cape Town. The reserve is characterised by breathtaking rock formations and magnificent scenery that is unique to this part of Africa. Here you can find an exceptionally wide range of fauna and flora, some of which are classified highly endangered.
The area has a rich cultural heritage with Bushman/San rock paintings of up to 6000 years old scattered around the reserve. On our celebrated San Cultural Tour guests can appreciate the ancient Bushman living sites at first hand and get an in-depth interpretation from one of our expert guides. The cultural experience is enhanced by the fact that a group of Khomani Bushmen settled on the reserve 10 years ago and today still lives off this land by selling their authentic handicraft to visitors.
On guided open 4×4 excursions guests can also learn more about the various species of plants (and their traditional & medicinal uses), birds and animals, experience the Southern Skies and enjoy a sundowner at the 500 meter deep canyon’s edge.
Accommodation is at the luxurious Bushmen Lodge with its rooms resembling Bushman caves and huts that are nestled between unbelievable sandstone formations, equipped with all the modern conveniences and en-suite facilities. The lodge has a pub, curio shop and restaurant (with an open air boma) where sumptuous South African cuisine, an excellent local wine and superb service can be enjoyed. For timeshare owners (or special group bookings) there is also the Rest Camp with a number of comfortable three bed-roomed chalets as accommodation.
Nestled between weathered sandstone formations of almost any imaginable form, provides accommodation for up to 30 guests in 5 huts and 10 luxury “caves “, all with twin beds, en-suite bathrooms, heaters, hair dryers and fans. All meals are enjoyed in the restaurant and in the open air boma under the African stars, while drinks can be enjoyed in the Doppies lounge/bar.
More suitable for family groups because of its 3 bed-roomed thatch roof chalets that can accommodate up to 8 people each. All have 1 or 2 bathrooms and fireplace inside.
On a clear day the trail will offer you a magnificent view over the vast stretches of the Karoo and the Mountains and valleys of the Cedarberg. Look for detail and you will find some of the very rare reptiles and birds of this area. In certain areas you are sure to see some wild game, from the small steenbok to the largest Eland and cheeky baboon. If you are very lucky you might even see some caracal or mountain leopard.
From the middle of August to middle November you will normally find lots of flowers, a paradise for botanists and nature lovers. Summer months (December to the end of February) may be very hot with very little or no shade. Winter months (June – August) may vary from mild to very cold with frost and even snow on high lying areas. Temperatures also vary greatly from the high lying to the low lying camping sites with the latter generally 8 C warmer.
The route is more than 100km long in total and it is best to travel together with another vehicle. Normally you wont do all the sections of the road and therefore one night is sufficient. If you really want to enjoy nature however – you can stay as long as you like. If you start from Kagga Kamma reception, the route slowly descends from 3800 ft above sea level to 1200feet in the Ceres Karoo, it is mostly quite relaxing but there are a few very steep sections.
Our guests can indulge in the following activities:
- Game Viewing Drives – A ranger will take you on an open 4×4 vehicle and tell you more about the various species of animals, birds and plants in the area while looking for animals like Eland, Kudu, Zebra, Bontebok, Whitetail Gnu, Springbuck, Gemsbok, Gnu, etc.
- San Cultural Tour – Accompanied by a ranger you will visit ancient San/Bushmen living sites with paintings up to 6000 years old. Learn more about the beliefs and mysteries surrounding the paintings.
- Canyon Visit – End the day’s activities with a sundowner drink on the edge of the spectacular Rietriver Canyon that is 500m (1500ft) deep.
- Swimming pool – Spend a relaxing afternoon around the sparkling pool built into magnificent rock formations.
- Hiking trails – Explore the rocks and crevices for more rock paintings on one of the short self guided hikes.