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  • Entertaining history preserved as a part of Koffylaagte's identity
  • Beautifully restored farmland now roamed by game
  • Luxurious traditional safari accommodation

Koffylaagte Game Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

56km from Jansenville


-33.2315, 24.937


Directly interpreted to mean ‘coffee hollow’, Koffylaagte was established in the early 1800s as a settler post for Afrikaner traders travelling on horseback or ox-wagons from inland South Africa to the coast. Although the colonial government attempted to charge a fee to incoming traders, this was abandoned and the travellers could rest freely.

The property is packed with history and guests can find many fascinating remnants of the traders left undisturbed in the veld, including a maintained ox-wagon left in its final resting place, and graves of early settlers.

The history continues in the renovated farmhouse, with photos of this bygone era decorating its walls. Even the trees tell a story, with some of them used to create coffee supplements. Owners Cem and Jayne Kumral pursued a vision of providing luxury accommodation, while restoring the Karoo veld back to its original state and restocking it with game.

Today, guests can enjoy restful, comfortable modern accommodation in lodge suites, family units, luxury safari tents and self-catering cottages. Each sleeping two people in twin beds, the lodge suites are country-style and open plan, with a screen separating the modern bathroom from the bedroom. Guests can breathe in the fresh Karoo air from the patios overlooking the gardens. 

Raised on platforms overlooking the Karoo landscape, the safari tents are secluded and luxurious, with polished wooden floors, attractive full en-suite bathrooms and lovely wooden decks from which to take in the views.

A separate colonial farmhouse contains two family units sleeping four each, or eight people if combined, and have well-equipped kitchenettes and open-plan lounge and dining areas, making them ideal for self-catering.

Occupying its own little valley, the bush cottage is very secluded and offers affordable self-catering accommodation for groups of up to eight people.

To bring in the safari flavour, the main lodge is a thatched building of generous proportions, housing a dining room, lounge and bar. The grounds are equally expansive and guests can laze the day away on lawns surrounding the inviting swimming pool.

Along with its significant historical interest, Koffylaagte offers an equal dose of adventure. Guests can partake in guided morning, afternoon and night drives and bushwalks, on which you can expect to encounter white rhino, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and a variety of antelope. You can participate in the handling and feeding of animals in the breeding programme, or take a horseback or quad-bike safari to get a different perspective of the bush.

Fishing, picnics and archery add to the fun-filled list of attractions, and there is therefore no need to seek further entertainment outside the reserve’s borders. Should you wish to do this, however, the Addo Elephant National Park and Danielle Cheetah Breeding Project are a comfortable drive away.

To build up your energy for an action-packed day, three hearty meals are included in the rates for lodge and safari-tent guests.

Rates & Summary

3 Lodge Suites

Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite shower over bath
Patio opening onto garden

5 Luxury Safari Tents

Each sleeps 2 in double/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Private deck overlooking the bush

2 Family Units (self-catering)

Each sleeps 4 in two bedrooms
Bathroom with bath and shower
Open plan lounge and dining room
Stoep with braai facilities

Bush Cottage

Sleeps 8 in two rooms
2 shower rooms
Kitchen/living area
Deck overlooking the bush


  • TBA


Full board in lodge rooms and tents
Self-catering in family units and cottage


Children of all ages are welcome.
Children 6 years and older are welcome on game drives.

Why Stay Here?

Formally a settlers’ post, Koffylaagte preserves its long and entertaining history in a number of original relics scattered throughout the farm and nostalgic old photographs in the renovated lodge. Painstaking care has been taken to convert the old sheep farm back to its pristine Karoo state and a number of wild animals have been introduced. The game lodge offers luxury accommodation in a restored farmhouse and comfortable safari tents, mixing an authentic safari experience with a showcase of settler history.


  • Entertaining history preserved as a part of Koffylaagte's identity
  • Beautifully restored farmland now roamed by game
  • Luxurious traditional safari accommodation


The Bush Cottage is especially secluded.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The gravel roads leading to the lodge are suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Game drives
  • Quad bike safaris
  • In-house tour company

Nearby: Addo Elephant National Park, elephant-back safaris, cheetah breeding project.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Ceiling fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bring own swimming towels
  • No hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast and dinner by arrangement
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Gas stove
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Paid Wi-Fi
  • Limited cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 50km
  • Nearest fuel further than 50km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • No security guard




Karoo Heartland

Eastern Cape


The Karoo Heartland area lies in the Eastern Cape province, inland from the busy coastal city of Port Elizabeth. It embraces the eastern landscapes of the Great Karoo and, like the rest of this vast and semi-arid region, it is sparsely populated and little developed.

Rising in the north-west of the region are the Sneeuberg mountains. As their name suggests, the higher reaches are often draped in a blanket of snow during winter. Further east they link up with the Bankberg range. From here the landscape drops in altitude in a series of gentle slopes and rolling foothills.

For the motorist, the steep gradients are traversed via the winding roads of the Lootsberg, Naudesberg, Ouberg and Wapadsberg passes. In the south the landscape flattens out in a sweeping flat expanse, referred to as the plains of Camdeboo. In the eastern extremes the traditional Karoo scrub gives way to waving grasslands, tall slender aloes and tree-choked gorges.

Amongst the koppies and expansive plains are small rural towns like Graaff Reinet, Cradock and Nieu Bethesda. All of these are popular with visitors and well-known for their fine architecture and enduring charm. Graaff Reinet is best known for its magnificent stone church, the historic Drostdy with its colourful Stretch’s Court. It also has tranquil tree-lined streets sporting grand old houses and quaint cottages.

On its outskirts, the 19 000ha Camdeboo National Park almost encircles the town and protects the habitats and wildlife of the area. Within its boundaries stand the pillars of balancing rock that make the Valley of Desolation so intriguing. Nearby, the Sundays River flows into the Nqweba Dam.

A short drive north, at the base of the towering Kompasberg Peak, is Nieu Bethesda. Its main attractions are the Owl House with its artwork, and the mythical figures in the Camel Yard. The town is loved by seekers of tranquillity who come to escape in its rural charm and laid-back ambience.

In the east the busy, upbeat town of Cradock on the banks of the Fish River boasts a wealth of interesting architecture. The best preserved of examples form part of the well-known Tuishuise.

Each year canoeists converge on the area for the annual Fish River canoe marathon.

Cradock’s natural icon comes in the form of the Mountain Zebra National Park. This expanse was proclaimed in order to protect the endangered mountain zebra, which now number around 300 in the park. The variety of game includes cheetah, Cape buffalo and black rhinoceros. The landscape varies from rugged mountains to plateau grasslands.

Throughout the region there is a cultural richness, and strong traditions still survive in the towns and on the farms. With an extensive network of gravel back roads that lead to hidden farms and stunning views, the Karoo Heartlands is ideally suited to the explorer. It’s also home to large game lodges, 4x4 trails, hiking and mountain bike routes, fishing, and birdwatching.

Look out for

Camdeboo National Park – on the outskirts of Graaff Reinet, this 19 000ha park protects some of the low-lying plains as well as the mountainous terrain in the area. It contains the Valley of Desolation. Within its boundaries are 12 species of large game and 225 bird species. There are several hikes, varying from a 1.5 km stroll to a day walk and an overnight trail. 4x4 enthusiasts have a choice of either the Koedoeskloof or Driekoppe trails. There is a tented camp and some campsites are being developed in the park. 

The Valley of Desolation - is formed by the extraordinary geology of the mountains that create impressive dolerite rock pillars, which are easily seen from various viewpoints along the walking trails. En route to the main viewpoint a toposcope stands on a small koppie, from where there is a magnificent view of Graaff Reinet.

Mountain Zebra National Park – situated 12km from Cradock, the park nestles amongst the craggy heights of the Bankberg mountains in the far eastern area of the region. Proclaimed in 1937, the park embraces undulating plains and plunging valleys where the Cape mountain zebra was saved from extinction. Accommodation is in the restored Victorian homestead at Doornhoek (that sleeps 6), or in cottages and campsites at the main rest camp. There is an à la carte restaurant, a shop selling basic commodities, a fuel station and a swimming pool. Day visitors are welcome.

The Owl House – this iconic house was created by eccentric artist Helen Martins. It became famous by being featured in world-renowned playwright Athol Fugard’s film, ‘The Road to Mecca’. Obsessed with the interplay of light, colour and reflection, martins covered walls, ceilings, windows and other surfaces with bright paint and glass. The effect is amplified by the many candles, lamps and mirrors she collected. The Owl House is rated a premier ‘outsider art’ destination and attracts 15 000 visitors annually, from all over the world. It’s open to the public daily (except Christmas day). Opening times: 09h00-17h00 in April to September / 08h00-18h00 in October to May.

Blouwater Railway - for a rail journey with a difference give Charles Kingwill a call to book a seat on his rail van, which trundles up the 11km-long Lootsberg Railway Pass and back. He can take a maximum of 9 passengers per trip. Trips run from Monday to Saturday between 09h00 and 15h00. It takes 2 hours, and you can take your own picnic and refreshments.

Tuishuise –mention Cradock and the first places that come to mind are the historic Tuishuise. Even if you’re not planning to stay overnight (although you should), make a point of exploring Market Street where they are situated. 

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