03/03/2015

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve

 

Everywhere you go you are greeted with views such as these. Beautiful, relaxing and at night a beautiful view of the stars unimpeded by lights and no noise. This really was a fantasticly relaxing weekend where we had great lunch in the form of venison pie and dinner (lasagne for me and a stunning sirloin steak for Hubby) on the Friday. Just don't order scrambled eggs for breakfast! The fried eggs were good though. We had a really laid back weekend punctuated by reading, chatting and stunning views.

 
Most of the road up to the lodge look like this!
 
 
The game reserve itself is very low-key and leading. Below is a photo of the pool (it should be noted that the pool isn't is heated at all making it either refreshingly cool or freezing lyk cold depending on your preferences!). They have a bar with the only TV on the premises and little nooks to sit and relax.
 
 
 
 

 
The Valentines Day Braai Buffet
 
I was seriously upset with this Buffet though. Kagga Kamma has a restaurant on the premises with a decent a la carte menu which we enjoyed the Friday evening. The food was really good and I was looking forward to having the fillet steak with lemony mushrooms on Saturday evening (we specifically kept the best for Valentines Day) but we were (un)pleasantly surprised with the buffet, which is the only option if you want dinner! I don't want "pap" and "wors" for Valentine's Day! For the foreigners visiting, it must have been a great experience to have a real South African BBQ but for us it was a serious let down. I suggest they should allow you to decide whether you want to attend the buffet Braai or just order from the restaurant. And by the way, the braai wasn't even our standard, the meat were dry and the salads bland. Even the vegetables came out of a packet, nothing was fresh.
 
 

 

It being Valentines Day we organized a special "turn-down service" for R300.00 equivalent of $30.00) so one would expect rose petals, bubbly and candle light. However what we got was the dried potpourri, JC Le a Roux sparkling wine (the cheap kind) and the small candles. If I brought everything from home it would not have cost ore than R100.00! Our neighbours complained because their turn down service included a bunch of wild flowers and their price tag was R500.00! My suggestion is to bring goodies from home for a special evening.
 
 
Our room. It was spacious and stayed surprisingly cool despite the heat. We also had uninterrupted view of the bushveld every morning. Hubby said the whole place index him very much of where he was born in the Karoo and he even liked the braai. So for him the weekend was a success.
 

 

However, considering the price I paid (+/- R4 000.00 for 2 nights all meals included which was with a 50% discount from Groupon) I expected a hell of lot more 5 star and not 3 star. I would happily go again for R2 000.00 for 2 nights, but comparing it to all the other resorts I have visited I don't consider it worth the amount they charge. This is why it is cheaper to fly to Mauritius than visit inside South Africa!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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