The game viewing was an added bonus. At Kagga Kamma, home to nearly 300 animals, including 36 mammals, we enjoyed some game viewing and stargazing. Seeing the famous ancient (350 to 6,000 year old) San paintings, and listening to the guide’s colorful storytelling relating to this dying culture was fascinating.
General Manager Heinrich de Waal
Handicapped Access No
Length Of Stay Two nights
Location In the Swartruggens region, south of the Cedarberg Mountains, 250km (approximately 150 miles) from Cape Town. A four hour drive; or 40 minute charter flight from Cape Town .
Lodge Manager Andries Ras
Owned Willie de Waal, Pieter de Waal and Pieter Loubser
Size Ten caves and five huts
Utilities During our stay, electricity was available from6:30 a.m. to11 p.m. We found candles in our “cave” for when the electricity was off. They also provided us with a flashlight, attached to our room key, to light the way to and from the main lodge after dark.
It was great to be able to walk freely within the lodge at night. Almost all the other lodges and camps we visited would only allow guests to walk around at night with security escorts.
Year Opened-Renovated 1989 first construction; 1997 caves and huts built
Between the bar and the boma (dining area) was a lovely mat of green grass with chairs and tables where some guests rested in between activities. A small area for astronomical observation was under construction when we visited.
While breakfast and lunch were served in the restaurant, dinner was served in the boma with an open fire roaring and the night sky as a ceiling. There were only two choices on the diner menu. The lunch menu offered more options. No dessert was available when we had lunch.
Facilities Bushmen Lodge had a pub, curio shop and restaurant with an open air boma (dining area)
Pool Yes. The pool, situated in the Rest Camp time share area of the lodge, was a 25 minute walk away from the lodge main area.
Other Seeing the San or Bushmen paintings was a treat. During the lodge’s San tour, we visited three locations where a handful of ancient Bushmen paintings appeared on the sandstone rocks. We were also able to see one of the remaining San huts.
We had looked forward to meeting the descendants of some of the artists who for a while lived on the Kagga Kamma land. It was not to be; when we arrived, we discovered the Bushmen had relocated to government granted land in the Kalahari area.
Date Of Last Visit May 2004
Would You Stay Again? Yes