Koffylaagte’s farmhouse accommodation is ideal for a self-catering family weekend

BY GRAEME LUND - MAY 16, 2016

Every city-dwelling family should get their kids into the bush as often as possible. Research shows that kids with some wilderness experience understand and are more easily excited about conservation than city-bound kids – and right now, our planet needs all the protection it can get!

My favourite place for getting my kids into the bush is at Koffylaagte Game Lodge. Situated just 130km outside of Port Elizabeth, on the road to Graaff-Reinet, this oasis of tranquillity has plenty to offer a family in search of exciting activities to reconnect them with nature, which is part of the owner, Cem Kumral’s vision. 

“I am well aware that the earning potential of my land is far greater if it was domestically farmed but I want my land to be enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts and to serve as a place of refuge for people in need of rehabilitation from the urban jungle,” explains Cem.

He adds, “When people pay to stay at Koffylaagte, I want them to know that they are paying to preserve the environment and to maintain an eco-friendly game farm.”

Koffylaagte Game Farm offers luxury tented and lodge accommodation, a solar-powered bush lodge and two typical old Karoo Farm House units.

The Farm House units are ideal for families wanting self-catering with the option of eating in the restaurant. The farmhouse is also just across the lawn from the swimming pool and the recreation room. As we head into winter, dads will be pleased to know that the lounge has DSTV and the game ranger is an ardent rugby fan.

My kids love staying at the Koffylaagte Farm House because they can roll out the door and jump in the pool or stand at the fence and watch the rhinos go by. I love the farmhouse because I know my kids can run freely, but safely, and that the when I am tired of cooking I can order a meal from the farm restaurant.

One of my favourite experiences at Koffylaagte is to simply sit on the veranda, early in the morning, with a mug of coffee and simply enjoy the tranquillity. The evenings are just as pleasant but then I prefer to have a frosty in hand.

Game drives, horse-back rides and archery are all readily available from the Farm House and, if you have some bush knowledge, you can simply step out the gate and walk into the veld. Just make sure that you have two-way radio in case you get lost or twist an ankle.

Give your kids some bush experience and help Save the Rhino and the planet. To book your stay, call Koffylaagte Game Lodge on 049 836 9188 or visit www.koffylaagtegamelodge.co.za today.