Set up in the heart of the Karoo Heartlands, you will find Koffylaagte Game Lodge, a private game reserve located 130km from Port Elizabeth.
Koffylaagte, literally translated means “Coffee Hollow” and owes its name to its colourful history as the resting place of the early settler traders. The 1870’s farmhouse, its decor and artifacts, as well as the ox wagon, that rests outside the farmhouse, bear testimony to this bygone era and make Koffylaagte is a uniquely South African Game Lodge. This pristine reserve, which is dedicated to wildlife management and breeding programs, has been stripped of all remnants related to its early farming days and has been converted back to its magnificent fauna and flora, becoming a place to rest your mind, body and soul, reminiscent of the days of the early settlers.
With an abundance of wildlife, some 20 species of South African antelope, Cape Buffalo, Giraffe and Zebra breeding programs, as well as other mammals such as warthog, bush pig, mongoose, fox, porcupine, jackal, meerkat and primates such as baboon and vervet monkey, a large variety of birds, including bird of prey such as the majestic black eagle and the magnificent Karoo flora resembling a natural succulent garden with aloe, euphorbia, spekboom, as well as the protected Cycad and Elephant’s Foot, Koffylaagte presents a rich and rewarding visual feast in this 1800 hectare reserve.
In keeping with a minimalist and truly South African theme, the owners have decorated the game lodge in a simple, yet tasteful style reflecting the rich heritage of the Karoo region. Accommodation capacity has been restricted to ensure the necessary escape from the daily hustle and bustle for our guests and to provide a background of immense comfort, personal touch and attention to detail.
The 12 bedroom accommodation capacity is therefore spread between five luxury safari tents, a hunting lodge consisting of three luxury en-suite bedrooms, and two 2-bedroomed self-catering farmhouse units, which will provide a discerning guest with a variety of accommodation choices, as well as space and privacy at all times.
Nyala Valley Safari Tents:
Overlooking the breathtaking Nyala Valley, you will find the Nyala Valley Safari Tents. These three elegantly funished 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.
The Hunting Lodge consists of three luxury, en-suite bedrooms and two other rooms with a shared bathroom. The general guest area consists of a bar, indoor braai (barbeque) and a ten-seater dining table, as well as a games room with a pool table and cable television. The lodge has retained its original character with the various trophies that are on display. There is also a fully equipped kitchen. The lodge can be hired for either full board guest use or self-catering in the case of a large group.
The Historic Farmhouse:
The original farmhouse has been converted into two 2-bedroomed self-catering/full board units. Each unit comprises 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 and a 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 friends.
There are two separate outdoor braai (barbeque) facilities; one is situated in the thatched lapa that offers campfire seating for 24 guests for larger gatherings, parties or ‘Bosberaad‘ meetings.
The large rock pool overlooks a splendour of rolling hills and a waterhole with surrounding Lucerne plantation which is frequented by various antelope.
Koffylaagte produces its own biltong (jerky), boerewors (sausages), minced meat and other various cut game meat specialities. All meat products are produced from game that roam and feed freely in the reserve, hence they are fully organic and contain no preservatives, hormones, pesticides etc. Meat and other meat by-products can be purchased from our butchery on the reserve to braai (barbeque) during your visit and/or to take home. All products are shrink-wrapped, labelled and packed in various sizes.
The lodge prides itself on providing guests with true Karoo farmstyle catering. We can provide guests with catering from tasty homemade muffins at tea time to a mouthwatering Venison roast for dinner!