We spent two nights at the lovely Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve which is located the Eastern Cape’s Great Karoo. We experienced luxury, history and a personalised safari experience as well as a wonderfully comfortable room and fabulous dining experiences.
Our home for the the two nights was Mount Camdeboo Manor, one of four Cape Dutch houses nestled in a valley surrounded by the Sneeuberg Mountains. Camdeboo Manor dates back to the early 1800s, evidence of which can be seen in the gleaming Oregon floorboards and thick walls.
We had one of the four bedrooms in the Manor house, which adds to the ‘being part of the family’ charm. There is a honeymoon suite set in the picturesque garden for guests requiring a little more privacy.
The wide verandah with its comfy oversized couches begs for an afternoon nap, or time out reading one of the many books available to guests.
The expansive lawns and out door area a great space to breathe in the fresh country air… or take the opportunity of having a soothing hand massage.
The gardens are also where breakfast and high tea were served. The fresh homemade lemon juice an absolute hit, as was the fresh locally sourced ‘contemporary Karoo country cuisine’ – thank you Charles and the team!
High tea had us nibbling on local South African treats – bobotie filled vetkoek, tiny koeksisters and carrot cakes, as well as smoked trout and cream cheese crumpets garnished with freshly picked herbs.
Dining at Mount Camdeboo was a treat. From a surprise bush dinner with Karoo leg of lamb, marinated in wild herbs, to a fine dining experience for two in the main lounge – now transformed into a private dining area complete with roaring fire.
What I loved most about the food is the fact that most of the ingredients are either grown on the property or sourced from neighbouring farms and local suppliers. Think organic Karoo chickens and Karoo lamb (special because of the wild herbs they eat when grazing). As well as some great local ‘Charles’ specialities like pickled agave buds (produced locally from what used to be tequila factory), spekboom and venison and of course wild herbs like the kapok bos.
Whilst you could relax at Camdeboo Manor all day, there are many reasons to leave this comfort and head out for a drive… be enthralled by the history of the region, walk through the ruins of historic buildings, hear tales of war…
and conservation victories. (Read more about this HERE).
And of course there’s nothing like a Karoo sunset… watching the changing sky as the sun slips away, G&T in hand.