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Overview
TThe Karoo Heartland in the Eastern Cape is renowned for its rugged panoramic mountain ranges, wide open plains, unpretentious hospitality, quaint towns, and much desired peace and tranquillity. Against this magical backdrop, only 130km from Port Elizabeth, you will find Koffylaagte Game Lodge. Our game farm and lodge offer both full board accommodation in our stunning safari style thatched tents and lodge as well as self-catered or family accommodation in our traditional 1800s farmhouse. Retaining much of the character, simplicity, history and culture of the days when the early settler traders used this spot as a resting place on their travels between the coast and the interior, Koffylaagte transports you from the modern world to a simpler, more peaceful time. Sit back and relax whilst taking in the uninterrupted vistas of the Karoo. Take a drive, a guided walk, or even a horseback trail through our game reserve then allow the cares of the world to pass you by as you take a dip in our pool or unwind in our sauna. If you’re feeling adventurous, bring your own mountain bike and attempt our mountain pass!The 13 bedroomed accommodation capacity is spreadbetween 5 luxuriously appointed en-suite safari tents, a hunting lodge consisting of 3 upmarket lodge rooms, 1 x two-bedroomed self-catering farmhouse unit and 1 x 1 bedroom farmhouse unit as well as a 2 bedroomed Bush Cottage. Making our maximum sharing capacity 30 people. Safari Tents: Overlooking the breathtaking Nyala Valley, you will find the Nyala Valley Safari Tents. These five elegantly furnished units, with their private wooden decks, offer unsurpassed game viewing, tranquility and privacy,yet are situated a mere 150m from the main lodge dwellings.  These units are perfect for couples wishing to experience the serenity and beauty of the African bush, whilst experiencing absolute comfort and luxury. Hunting Lodge: The Hunting Lodge consists of 3 luxury, en-suite bedrooms that overlook the gardens and rock-pool. Farmhouse: The original farmhouse homestead dating back to the1800`s, has been converted into 2 self-catering units. One unit sleeps 4 and is comprised of a master bedroom with a king size bed and a second bedroom with two single beds. There is also a comfortable living room with sofas anda six-seater dining table.The kitchens are equipped with a refrigerator, microwave oven and stove and also provide cooking utensils, cutlery and china. These units are perfect for families or couples wishing to have a some privacy. Bush Camp: Our eco friendly solar powered bush cottage can sleep up to 8 people. Be one with nature in our cute, rustic 2 bed 2 bathroom cottage in the bush. Perfect for family getaways, school/youth camps,and bachelor bashes. For a true rustic, bush experience, this option offers self-catered groups of up to 8 the chance to be even closer to nature. A log cabin, set in its own quiet valley at the base of our mountain, the bush cottage sleeps up to 8 people in 2 rooms, with 2 showers (powered by gas-fired geysers), a large kitchen/living area with stonefire/braai-place, gas fridge and stove, as well as solar-powered lighting. Perfect for romantic getaways, fishing weekends (Darlington Dam is less than 30 minutes away), bachelors weekends and family breaks.The intimate boma is perfectly cosy in both summer and winter and able to seat up to 24 guests/delegates. The main guest area can be found in the Hunters Lodge and Heron lounge with satellite TV, a fully licensed bar, indoor braai as well as a games room with a pool table and a variety of board games. The game reserve lies at the entrance to the Karoo mountain belt, located between Baviaanskloof and the Addo Elephant Park. It is home to an abundance of wildlife, including 22 species of Southern African antelope, zebra, giraffe and 2 of the big five as well as a rich variety ofother land mammals. The area also boasts a large variety of bird species, waterfowls, game birds and birds of prey including the majestic Marshall eagle have been spotted in the reserve.Our magical oasis provides an ideal retreat foreveryone wishing to escape the daily hustle and bustle for weekend getaways,family vacations, corporate team-building/conferences, honeymoons, weddings and functions. Sample Karoo hospitality at its warmest and most authentic and let us share with you our magical piece of South Africa. The full board rate of R1500 per adult per night includes all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as well as a guided horse safari or game drive. Children between the ages of 4 and 11 pay half the adult rate @ R750 per child. Ages 0-3 stay free of charge. What makes Koffylaagte interesting? There are a number of aspects that make Koffylaagte interesting! The very rich history is one. Artefacts are still found dating back centuries, like pennies from 1917 and bicycle license plates to name only 2 of many. We have won the Lilizela Tourism award having been nominated 3 consecutive years for Best Wildlife Encounters. There is no otherplace on earth whereby horses graze with rhino while the domestic cat watches on a few centimetres from them intermingled with baby lambs and chickens and a porcupine that comes to eat the dogs food from inside the manager's homestead while the female ostrich comes to eat out of the owners plate while he enjoys his lunch outside. The fauna, flora and unique vegetation such as the Queen of the day, the shepherd's tree and plum tree as well as the largest, oldest endangered elephant foot tree provide for a botanical paradise! These are just a few of the aspects that make Koffylaagte the magical gem that it is! The most recent exciting news from the farm is the birth of our baby rhino calf as well as a cave that has been discovered for the very first time.
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