Hakuna matata: Koffylaagte Game Lodge offers a true Karoo getaway experience

BY TAMLYN MCMULLAN - DECEMBER 15, 2014

Established back in the 1800’s as a stopover for travellers and ox-drawn wagons through the Karoo to what would later be known as Port Elizabeth, there is no doubting the rich and colourful history enjoyed by Koffylaagte Game Lodge.

Situated between Uitenhage and the small town of Jansenville, the modern day Koffylaagte, literally meaning coffee hollow when directly translated, has remained true to its frontier roots with bits of old medicine bottles, horseshoes, nuts and bolts from ox-wagons and old era machinery that lie scattered around the area.

It was in this place that our group of four friends was to spend a weekend.

On arrival, we were warmly greeted by lodge manager Robin Carelse. As we had opted for the Koffylaagte Game Lodge bush cottage – with the aim of experiencing the genuine Karoo outdoors, we soon found that our city cars were not ideal for the terrain.

Our luggage was promptly packed onto a game viewing vehicle before we started our journey into the depths of a scenic Karoo valley.

Arriving at our humble abode, right in the heart of the Koffylaagte reserve, the feeling of being detached from all modern conveniences overpowered us. We were left there in the veld with only a two-way radio and our happy spirits – and feeling like Survivor contestants.

There are two fully-equipped farmhouse units near the main lodge suitable for families and five luxury safari tents with private verandas for couples wishing to chill and enjoy breath-taking Karoo vistas.

Situated a few hundred meters from the main lodge, our two-bedroom unit could sleep up to eight people on one queen-sized bed and three bunk beds plus sleeper couch available in the lounge. It also had two bathrooms with showers and is equipped for self-catering purposes with a lovely open plan lounge/kitchen as well as indoor and outdoor braai facilities. I found it a perfect getaway option for families and groups looking to reconnect with nature.

Koffylaagte Game Lodge also offers day and night game drives, guided game walks and horse-back adventures to make your stay even more unforgettable. Koffylaagte is also home to an abundance of wildlife including, Cape Buffalo, Giraffe, Burchells Zebra, Nyala, Waterbok, Cape Eland, Jackals, Bat eared foxes and Lechwe. The fact that the reserve won four Lillizella awards this year including one for best wildlife encounters is no surprise. Needless to say, we enjoyed our stay at Koffylaagte and I am looking forward to our next visit.

 To book your stay, call Koffylaagte Game Loge on 049 836 9188 or visit www.koffylaagtegamelodge.co.zaa today. 

 

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