Amazing bushveld escape: Experience the famed Karoo outdoors at Koffylaagte Game Lodge


Imagine escaping your busy city routines to a place where you can lie under a dark night sky with thousands of stars shining above you – with nothing but the echoes of nature surrounding you. Koffylaagte Game Lodge, near Jansenville, is the best place to experience exactly that and so much more.

Situated exactly halfway along the old ox-wagon trail that ran between Graaff-Reinet and Port Elizabeth, this premium 4-Star wildlife and nature destination has offered exceptional warm Karoo hospitality and cuisine to travellers for over a century.

I found that Koffylaagte radiates this rich and colourful heritage in its original Settler’s Farmhouse Family Unit – a self-catering unit that can accommodate travelling families or large groups.

They also offer three spacious en-suite rooms within a Main Lodge but the five luxury safari tents with private verandas are the highlights of the accommodation at Koffylaagte. Each offers unrivalled magnificent views of the Karoo landscape and its rolling hills, picturesque valleys and grasslands.

One of the fun-filled activities on offer is a magical High 5 at 5 package, which includes a six-kilometre wildlife tour to a dam in the area. Here, you can enjoy a delicious Karoo-style braai and sundowners as you watch the Karoo’s famed sunsets. Dazzling starlit skies in the evening will certainly add magic to your game drive back to the lodge.

Besides day/evening safaris, Koffylaagte also offers guided game walks – a great opportunity for you to get up close with the diverse fauna and flora on the farm. You can expect numerous photo opportunities as rhino, giraffe, Cape buffalo, zebra, nyala, waterbuck, Cape eland, jackals, bat eared foxes and warthogs are often encountered whilst exploring the area.

Guests also have the option of exploring the reserve on horse-back.

Those not keen to have Karoo dust on their clothes can relax and unwind on scattered loungers and arm chairs around the lodge garden. There is a beautiful rock pool available– a great place to escape the midday heat; or you can unwind in the sauna or try a round of archery out on the front lawn.

There is also a boma braai area and a games room with DSTV, a pool table and board games for those rainy days. You are really spoilt for choice!

Koffylaagte Game Lodge is an ideal destination to enjoy memorable Karoo adventures and a great stopover for those tired from their journeys while driving on the R75. To book your stay, call 049 836 9188 or visit