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Reviewed August 21, 2013

We unfortunately only had one night to stay at this wonderful camp, our biggest disappointment. Our stay was pretty much perfect in every way and can’t really make any complaints. From check-in the check-out we were very well looked after by the great staff.

The natural setting of the resort is fantastic, nestled in amongst weird and wild rock formations of the southern Cederberg mountains. The drive into the resort from Ceres, about 1 hour, is very scenic and increases in beauty as you approach the resort. The place is very much in tune with the natural surroundings, with many of the rooms (cave rooms) actually built into the rock formations and made to look like part of the landscape. The reception/restaurant/bar area comprises one building and is very tastefully decorated. The ambience inside is very cozy, especially with the open fireplaces in action (in winter). The pool area was really interesting – a small pool nestled amongst some cool sandstone pillars – very attractive. Too bad the water wasn’t hot, as it would’ve been a nice place to soak on a cool winter day.

We had a “cave” room which, as described above, was built to resemble a cave. From the outside it looks just like the surrounding sandstone cliffs and pillars. The inside is decorated to look like the inside of a cave, with lots of well-placed lighting giving it a nice ambience. A large plate glass sliding door lets in the afternoon sunlight and provides outstanding views of the sun setting over the Cederberg. The room is nicely decorated with high-quality fittings and with all the normal luxuries you’d expect in a resort room – really nice and comfortable, with a good AC/heater mounted on the wall. The shower was hot and felt extremely luxurious in this remote desert camp. The room was spotlessly clean and well-maintained. Needless to say, we had a wonderfully refreshing and undisturbed sleep as the full moon shone through the glass doors. The cave rooms are located only a short walk from the main facilities, maybe 100m at the most, so not far at all.

As for things to do, there is definitely no shortage. There are several nice hiking trails of differing lengths, tons of 4WD tracks, mountains biking trails, game viewing trails, etc. The resort rents out quad bikes as well if you want to get out and do some riding. Great trails for running or walking. The resort also offers opportunities for game drives – morning and evening. There are no predators around so it is safe to go out walking.

We were very impressed with the quality of the food at the restaurant. I ordered the chicken while my wife ordered the beef fillet. Both were excellent, as were all the starters and desserts. Likewise the breakfast, with eggs made to order, was mouthwatering delicious. The service was very attentive, prompt, friendly, and professional. After dinner we went into the bar and there were a few locals playing guitar and singing – quite a good evening, very enjoyable.

Overall we had a great stay at this resort. We would definitely recommend it to other travelers and we definitely plan to stay here again. Great stay and reasonably good value for money.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank DanO68
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

The staff were really very attentive and friendly. It was the best part of the trip. The property is very interesting and beautiful but lacks décor. The cave rooms in winter are cold - and when you turn the air con onto heat you are left with humidity as opposed to warmth - i think a rug on the tiled floor would help. The quad biking was excellent and the star gazing tour is well worth the R80 p/p charged. The food was good but portions small and over priced for the standard. The special touches like the sparkling wine in the room, flower petals on the table were very special on my birthday. I would go back in the spring or autumn.

Room Tip: The cave room at the top is best for a view and pricacy
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank fromCapetown
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

The isolation and rugged beauty of the landscape is breathtaking. However the reserve is let down by the low quality of the accommodation facilities combined with enthusiastic but poorly trained staff. The cave rooms are interesting but lack the necessary finishing touches to make them truly special. The stunning scenery and rock formations make up for the low numbers of game in this arid region, meaning game drives are a must, however the standard of the guides seems below par. All in all, I wouldn't rush back to Kagga Kamma other than for the remote location and amazing scenery.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank MatthewVass
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We bought a groupon to visit this game reserve in mid July. We spent two nights there. Firstly remember that if you visit in winter it freezes in the Cederberg. In the summer it is sweltering hot. Kagga kamma is a privately owned game reserve. They offer cave rooms, hit rooms and self catering( of which only one house belongs to the reserve ) and the rest owned on a time share basis, which the reserve up keeps. We stayed in a cave room. It's an unusual room that is designed to give you that " cave" feel. However part of the room is actually rock, which makes it very very cold in winter. There are no fireplaces in cave rooms, but there are air conditioners. It was so cold the two nights we were there that we ran our airconditioner on hear all night long. The reserve offers you various activities, - two game drives, one very early in the morning, and one in the night. My choice- go for the one in the morning. You may spot one or two wildebeest. The other two activities are the rock art painting tour, which is quite nice and the last is the sunset drive, which is very nice indeed. They do offer star gazing, but their telescope was out of order when we were there. Food is above average, and well presented. Staff was friendly, informative and pleasant. Some things to take note of before you visit kagga kamma. You will require a 4x4 to get there. There is about 37 kms of gravel road that will tax the average car. Even more challenging for a car is if it rained there recently. There is no cell phone reception there at all. If you want to make calls, you will have to use the phone in the bar. There is no wifi there as well. Take a pair of slippers with you. The floor freezes. Beware that sometimes they switch off the electricity after 10 pm. This didn't happen while we were there, but they refer to it in the brochure. I shuddered to think how we would have managed without the aircon heater had they done that.

Some other things we really enjoyed. The landscape is amazing. It is truly soul rejuvenating. We went on our own rock art hiking trail, which was about 10 kms of hiking in the Rocky Mountains. My husband and I are rock art fanatics so we thoroughly enjoyed the hike. We saw lots of bushman paintings, much much more than on the official rock art tour the reserve does. Of you want to see amazing bushmen paintings you will have to do the hike. But beware, it's not for the faint hearted. It's rough terrain, and you do have to fit yourself through some pretty small crevices in the rocks to stay on the trail. Then start early at about 8 or so as you will barely complete the trail by 5 pm and you absolutely don't want to get stuck in the mountains at night. So give yourself enough lead time. The trail was fabulous though.

One last suggestion. Go there with a groupon as you will pay almost half price. Personally I think the normal price is overpriced and not great value for money. Buy a groupon and ou will get value for money

Room Tip: As a couple I would chose either the hut room or the cave room. The hut rooms are bigger and can accommodate up to two kids as well. The cave rooms are small and will befit only. Couple. Also the cave rooms are a bit of a walking distance from h main centre.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Quartershark
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Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

Kagga kamma is an amazing place, beautiful cave rooms, fresh and lovely food - compliments to their Chef, friendly and attentive service!!!!
I'll do it again! Just make sure you drive a 4 by 4 vehicle if you can :)

  • Stayed: July 2013
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2  Thank kgadifaith
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