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100km from Ceres
+27 21 872 4343 www.kaggakamma.co.za
Configuration: This is more a network of off-road tracks than a formally laid out 4x4 route.
Terrain: Gravel, steep ascents and descents, loose rocks and sand.
This is a self-drive route; no guiding is needed. The route can be tackled over several days. Autumn and spring will ensure milder temperatures. Flower enthusiasts should aim for mid-August to mid-November. Full board or B&B accommodation as well as a camping site with ablutions are available at the rest camp. There is a pool, bar, restaurant and curio shop as well as a spa. The camping sites en route are very basic with no water or toilets. There is a maze of tracks and game viewing routes on the property. A host of activities awaits: rock art tours, game and nature drives, hiking trails and guided quad bike safaris.
Kagga Kamma Private Nature Reserve is in an untouched wilderness area south of the magnificent Cederberg Mountains, three hours from Cape Town. The reserve, set in the Swartruggens region, is well known for its scenic beauty and dramatic rock formations. These are peppered with hundreds of Bushman/San rock paintings and rock art, estimated to be up to 6 000 years old.
On a clear day the 4x4 trail offers magnificent views over the vast stretches of the Karoo and the mountains and valleys of the Cederberg. You can plot your route on the detailed map to drive right around the reserve, sleeping over in the bush camps. Or you can just get lost and forget about time and the rest of the world. However, if you are travelling in a 4x2 or soft-roader you should stick to the southern part of the reserve and only navigate along the sandy game viewing tracks.
To the north the maze of off-road tracks begs exploration. The first section is not too challenging; the surface is predominantly rock, but a few steep descents will keep things interesting. On the section between Bobbejaanskrans campsite and Joubert’s Kloof the twists and turns of the track become real tight and the nasty drop into Joubert’s Werf is quite unexpected. It is recommended to walk this loose rocky section before driving down it. The scenery on the mountainous drive back past Graskop camp to the start is mesmerising. You'll have trouble keeping your eyes off the Cederberg Mountains and the vast Tanqua Karoo plains and on the track.
The Bushman Lodge offers full board or self-catering accommodation in en suite caves and thatched rondawels. The lodge has a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and well-stocked curio shop. The Swartrug camp site is only 1 500m from the pool area and offers flush toilets and washbasins. However, the wilderness campsites have no facilities. You have to be entirely self-sufficient and even bring your own water as well as ablution and sleeping gear. Go on a guided quad bike safari, go hiking or birdwatching, or spoil yourself with a health and beauty spa treatment.
After passing through Prince Alfred's Hamlet and Gydo pass, turn right at the "Kagga Kamma" sign just after the small town called Op-die-Berg. Turn right at the next "Kagga Kamma" sign after about 18km. From here it is good gravel road. Turn left after 19km at the "Kagga Kamma". You will arrive at the entrance gate of Kagga Kamma after 15km.
As the name suggests, the Cape Winelands is an area of vines and vineyards; the berries of which are responsible for that most delicious fermented juice of the grape: wine. The region is well known for its proliferation of estates and cellars that continually create quality wines throughout the cultivar spectrum.
This is an area that encourages leisurely meanders along its various wine routes, absorbing the natural beauty of the rural surroundings.
The region stretches northwards from the eastern outskirts of Cape Town. In the south the popular and trendy towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek nestle in the shadow of the mountains that make up the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. To the west the popular tourist ‘Route 62’ follows the Breede River Valley. It takes in the town of Robertson, the quaint village of McGregor and continues to Worcester.
North, across the N1 highway, the historic towns of Paarl, Wellington and Tulbagh are strung out between a series of mountains. In the far north-east, the town of Ceres is a dot in a sweeping valley of fruit orchards.
Craggy mountains are a feature of the landscape, giving rise to the region also being called the Boland (High Land). The mountains include the ranges of the Groot Drakenstein, Langeberg, Hexrivier and Witzenberg. Their steep rocky peaks plunge to gentler gradients rich in fynbos and proteas, before levelling out in fertile valleys threaded with chortling streams.
In these low-lying areas, suspended between the slopes, vineyards stretch in patchwork patterns. Like an artist’s palette the area changes with the seasons - from subtle spring pastels, through lush summer greens, to the earthy shades of autumn.
Not only are the Cape Winelands a delight for connoisseurs of fine wines; the towns themselves are centres for a host of enjoyable pastimes. Many are steeped in history and have magnificent collections of traditional Cape Dutch and period architecture.
These are best viewed during a stroll along the leafy streets. The historic Church Street in Tulbagh has the largest concentration of provincial monuments in one street in South Africa. The university town of Stellenbosch, with its oak-lined boulevards, is the second-oldest town in the country, dating back to 1671. Today it is an important cultural centre with a host of galleries and museums, and the country’s oldest music school.
Franschhoek, reclining in a somnolent valley ambience, entices gourmets to sample its fare at some of South Africa’s top restaurants. McGregor is well known for its life-enriching tranquillity and Ceres for its fruit production and snow-covered mountains in winter. Besides their wineries, Robertson and Worcester are known for the production of some of South Africa’s best known brandies – Klipdrift and KWV, respectively.
The winelands is great country in which to enjoy a leisurely trip along minor roads that fade into the fynbos. They will take you into valleys and gorges, past barns stacked with bales of lucerne, and paddocks with grazing sheep and lazing cows. Around farmsteads and cottages, chickens strut their stuff and pigs wallow in slushy heaven. Dams mirror the sky and hillsides, their reflections rippled by drifting and preening waterbirds. Tractors till the land, and labourers and farmers wave to every passer-by.
For centuries the terroir here has been ideally suited to the production of great wine and today, more than ever before, it is also conducive to the making of good times and fond memories. The Cape Winelands is a region to relax in, whilst inhaling the warm, scented air and indulging in the finer things in life.
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Wine tasting – naturally this is a popular and pleasant pastime in the region. The Stellenbosch wine route, established in 1971, is the oldest in South Africa. Today other routes lead to the cellars and estates around virtually every town in the region. Many of the wineries offer tasting and sales from Monday to Saturday. Maps are available from the tourism office in each town.
Brandy tasting – this much-loved spirit is produced by a good number of cellars and specialist distillers throughout the region. There are 2 brandy routes in the region. The Western Cape Brandy Route winds through Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington. The R62 Brandy Route goes through Robertson and Worcester. Many of these offer tasting, tours and sales from Monday to Friday.
Historical towns – the Cape Winelands is rich in history, with most towns and many of the wine estates having their own collections of historical buildings, museums and monuments. The region is synonymous with Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture. Highlights include Church Street in Tulbagh and the De Oude Drostdy Museum just outside the town. There are Zeederberg Square and the Paarl Museum in Paarl, and Klein Plasie open air Museum in Worcester. Twenty declared National Monuments are in Wellington and there is the Huguenot Memorial and Museum in Franschhoek.
Scenic drives – where there are mountains and valleys there are always scenic roads and passes to explore; here is no exception.
River rafting – the Breede River is the sixth largest river in South Africa and is a playground of fun and adventure.
Adrenalin - for lovers of the adrenalin rush, Ceres Zipslide Adventures offers 8 slides totalling 1.4km amongst the rock formations of the Skurweberg mountains near Ceres.
Art galleries – the towns are home to a host of artists and galleries. The Stellenbosch Gallery and Rupert Gallery in Stellenbosch are popular and showcase art through many mediums and genres.
Wildlife on display – the area has a number of parks that allow one to get close to a variety of wild creatures in captivity. Some of the better known ones include the Drankenstein Lion Park, Butterfly World, Paarl Bird Sanctuary and the Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm - all situated between Paarl and Stellenbosch.