Travel: The Kagga Kamma, South Africa

Safari days meet starlit nights at South Africa’s most unique and luxurious eco-tourism retreat, Kagga Kamma. Tucked away in the middle of the Cederberg Mountains, a span of dramatic rock formations in shades of red sandstone north of Cape Town, Kagga Kamma was started as a nature reserve by owners Willie de Waal, Pieter de Waal and Pieter Loubser. After building a small stone cottage to entertain family and friends on the property, the trio soon realized they wanted to share their piece of paradise with the public, and Kagga Kamma was born.

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Kagga Kamma seamlessly blends the wild and romantic allure of Africa with top-notch design, cuisine, and comfort. The property’s thatched-roof guest suites are inspired by traditional African rondavels, while their ‘hut’ suites are built into the surrounding sandstone.  For those ready to leave the walls behind, Kagga Kamma takes the suite outdoors, letting you sleep under the stars in it’s open air outcrop room.

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Days at Kagga Kamma are made for your choice of exploring or unwinding. Set out by foot, bike, or 4WD into the spectacular landscapes to see the reserve’s other guests, native zebras and antelopes, jackals and meerkats, and aardvarks and porcupines, and if you’re lucky, a glace at the illusive local leopards. Take a trip to the caves for a look into the past, with walls covered in Bushmen rock art dating back 6,000 years. The best part? Coming home to an after-Safari spa treatment or simply laying by the pool.

Didn’t we tell you it was the best of both worlds?

Sarah Bertness is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer covering the arts, music, fashion and culture. She has a love for all things avant-garde, late night rock and roll, wanderlust, and a good dose of fringe and gold sequins. You can follow her musings on Twitter and Instagram @sarahbertness.

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