UNFORGETTABLE KAROO ESCAPE: Tranquil country visit to Koffylaagte Game Lodge and Safaris

BY AMBER HARINGTON - JULY 30, 2014

Charmingly set over hectares of the beautiful wide-open country bushveld of the Karoo Heartlands, precisely halfway between Graaff-Reinet and Port Elizabeth, Koffylaagte Game Lodge – or ‘Coffee Hollow’ when loosely translated, recreates scenes from the early 1800’s when travellers stopped there to rest, brew some coffee and feed their horses and cattle.

My boyfriend and I recently visited this premium 4-Star wild adventure destination. After only an hour and a half’s drive from Port Elizabeth, we found ourselves in place of total tranquillity surrounded by mountains and bushveld with an odd windmill and old-fashioned farm building on the horizon.

We were greeted like old friends by Hestie and Piet, who now run the place. With our delicious welcoming drinks, we sat outside at the pool area to relax and take in the fresh air - and Koffylaagte’s stunning views.

With our bags unpacked in a beautifully-decorated Luxury Tent, we preceded to the Main Lodge where we tucked in on a scrumptious lunch of salami croissants, mini chicken rolls with sweet chilli sauce and absolutely divine caramel balls. After lunch, we were ready for our exciting afternoon of quad-biking and what a pleasure that was!

That afternoon, we saw buffalo, zebra, giraffe, antelope as well as a myriad of birds and butterflies which seemed to surround us all the time. For town dwellers, the quad-bike safari was a complete thrill in itself!

Back at the lodge, Hestie was waiting for us with a heart-warming and appetising Karoo dinner and wine. We sat next to the fire before being served venison in phyllo pastry with brown rice and green vegetables, a delicious combination - thanks to Koffylaagte’s truly remarkable Chef, Unati!.

For dessert we were presented with meringues with cream and strawberry sauce, another firm favourite of mine! Afterwards, we spent some time with Hestie and Piet who filled us in on the history of Koffylaagte. Pleasantly tired, we retired contentedly to our tent for a good night’s sleep.

The following morning we were treated to a lovely breakfast of eggs, sausages, muffins, toast and coffee. After breakfast, we were able to go inside the old Hurter farmhouse to have a look at the original photographs that are now in frames decorating the house.

We had a fantastic stay at Koffylaagte! They also offer guided game walks and horse-back adventures to make your stay unforgettable. To find out more, call Koffylaagte Game Loge on 049 836 9188 or email: [email protected] or visit www.koffylaagtegamelodge.co.za.