Wild and wonderful!
When a friend invited a few of us to a weekend at Kagga Kamma that he’d booked with his timeshare I was thrilled because I’d seen photographs and longed to go there.
Two hours out of Cape Town, on the edge of the Cederberg, Kagga Kamma is remote, beautiful, wild and just wonderful.
By the time we left the main road for the last stretch it was already dark and all we could see was another car’s tail lights going upwards. Okay, so there’s a steep road ahead. Up we went and up and up. Although we knew we were climbing we couldn’t see a thing.
Eventually we arrived and after a friendly reception and guidance to our house, we lit a fire, opened a bottle of wine, had a quick supper, and went to to bed early. We were in a state of anticipation for the next morning because we couldn’t wait to see our surroundings.
The next morning we were like kids at Christmas – after a hurried breakfast we rushed off to explore. And we fell in love. Kagga Kamma was everything we’d hoped – no, wait, it was more. The views alone are marvellous – we were so high up that we were eye-level with the top of the Cederberg mountains!
Close to our house was a magnificent swimming pool, built into the natural rock with a huge boulder serving as a diving board, and San art on the walls of a cave. It was winter and too cold to swim, but we could just imagine what fun it is in hot weather.
There are loads of activities available at Kagga Kamma, such as a guided San cultural tour with interpretation of the rock paintings – 4×4 safaris – nightsky observation through a powerful telescope – guided quad bike safaris to remote, inaccessible parts of the reserve – bird watching or relaxing at the health and beauty Spa. But we elected to spend our time just exploring the various hiking trails and this was definitely some of the best walking we’ve ever done.
After a day of walking we took sundowners and snacks to a cluster of rocks near the house – the perfect setting for a magnificent sunset. The next day was another one of hiking and marveling at the beauty around us.
Kagga Kamma is a private nature reserve covering 15 000 hectares. The owners have carefully developed this area without spoiling the natural wilderness and have carefully preserved the many KhoiSan paintings on the property, some of which is presumed to be as old as 6000 years. Read the full history here.
I think it’s time to go back for another visit!