Kagga Kamma – Not worth the drive

Kagga Kamma – Not worth the drive

Located about 3 hours from Cape Town, Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve is nestled in the scenic Cederberg Mountains.  Far away from the city lights (far, far, far way), in a vast open space where rock formations frame the horizon, there is a place where nature lovers can experience a truly unique environment – if you can find it and are willing to pay additional charges.

The directions we were sent lacked clear identifiers or landmarks so we ended up spending 2 additional hours lost on a gravel road without cellphone reception. Be sure to pack a sleeping bag and snacks in case you end up having to spend the night in the car. We did consider this option more than once.

On arrival, we were greeted by a rather presumptuous security guard who demanded that we greet and speak to him in Afrikaans (based on our race) before we could sign in to gain access to the 4km gravel driveway leading to our accommodation. After a long drive we were more than a little annoyed.

Jason, the friendly ranger, greeted us at reception and guided us to our suite, even offering to assist with our luggage. he informed us of all the available facilities and optional activities.


  • Restaurant and bar
  • Spa
  • Outdoor boma area
  • Swimming pools
  • Conference room
  • Airfield/runway
  • Curio shop
  • Wi-Fi (main lodge only). Guests receive a complimentary 50MB voucher at check-in and additional data is charged at R15 per 100mb.

On the Morning Nature Drives guests are taken into the veld with an experienced guide.
07:30-09:00| R350 per adult |R125 per child

The Sundowner Trip transports you to one of Kagga Kamma’s picturesque viewing points.
16:00-18:00 | R350 per adult |R125 per child
16:00-17:00 (May – August)
17:00 – 18:00 (September – April)

The Late Night Nature Drive explores the nightlife at Kagga Kamma including the nocturnal animals found
in the Nature Reserve.
21:15| R350 per adult |R125 per child

On the Rock Art Tour you get the wonderful opportunity
to view and learn about the San Rock Art and Culture.
10:00-12:00| R350 per adult |R125 per child

Kagga Kamma is the perfect place to view the stars and our night skies are a truly breathtaking sight. Enjoy
an informative talk and identify specific stars and constellations. Stargazing takes place, lunar cycle and weather permitting
21:15 | R80 per adult | R40 per child

A Quad Bike Safari, also with an experienced guide, is a unique and adventurous way to explore the Nature Reserve.
One Hour R 250 per adult | Two Hours | R400 per adult (no kids under 16 years)


  • Hiking Trails
  • 4×4 Trails – Own 4×4 vehicle
  • Mountain Bike Trails – Guests need to bring their own Mountain Bike and equipment
  • Bouldering and Rock Climbing – Guests need to bring their own gear and equipment
  • Driving range – Aptly named as you have to drive quite a way to get there. We also recommend using biodegradable golf balls.


  • Supermarket (60km)
  • Tankwa Padstal (64km)
  • ATM (100km)
  • Golf (100km)
  • Medical Facilities (100km)
  • Shopping Centre (100km)
  • Cape Town International Airport (250km)

The ‘cave’ suites where we stayed offer a double bed, an en-suite bathroom with a shower, air-conditioning (which can be difficult to use), tea and coffee station, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers. Each of the 8 suites open up out onto a (very) small terrace for guests to admire the view. The ash-brick shells have be covered with artificial rock to blend into the environment. This does leave the rooms feeling a little chilly. We settled in quickly after we sealed the gap at the bottom of the door and window next to the bed with the handy throw pillows. This also kept our chocolate safe from the friendly door mouse.

Thankfully, Fay’s spa treatment could be rescheduled from Saturday to Sunday. And Amanda was exceptional. Fay even left with a manicure set as a parting gift.

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