Nestled amongst the shrubbery emerged the yellow antique walls. The journey was long but worthwhile as the picturesque landscape is captivating. Arriving in the late afternoon, the Sneeuberg Mountains allow the sun to peak through its valleys teasing an audience with its orange hues and purple shadows. The lack of rain the days prior has dried the soil and as the drive continues clouds of mud blur the vision of the pathway leading to the guesthouse. In the distance, the calls of playful Vervet monkeys and crickets echo breaking the silence of the Karoo. The wheels begin to slow, female voices gradually crescendo as the Mount Camdeboo staff prepare to greet their guests.
Nomakunje. The dust settles and the cheerful employees sing and clap to the Xhosa welcoming song as the guests admire the beautiful expanse that surrounds them. The song speaks of the ability to be nothing but happy and give the best to everyone. Nomakunje is more than just an uplifting piece of music, it reflects what this luxury accommodation provides to its clientele: ‘A gift from the heart.’
Les Slabbert, the head ranger leaves the vehicle and dismantles the door unveiling the hidden steps for an easy descent. “A license to love, insurance to hold. Melts all your memories and change into gold.” Sade’s Smooth Operator plays over the speaker as the guests are treated to an amazing spread prepared by the pastry chef. Dazzling textures and pastries of every hue, lemonade, water and Lipton tea too. The table is composed of an immaculate spread of quiche, shortbread, fudge and much more. Delectable options that one’s taste buds cannot wait to explore.
From room to room, renovated farmhouses provide much character with the mahogany and yellow wood furniture perfectly accenting their minimalistic charm. The outside wooden louvre shutters offer ventilation and protection from the dynamic, untamed environment. With the Eastern Cape and its wonders at your backdoor, the world is literally at your fingertips. Whether one is in pursuit of a secluded getaway for two or a family adventure, Camdeboo offers a first class, holistic experience of living on a private game reserve – a balance of conservation and eco-tourism. Each housing option provides full amenities, bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, cable and Wifi for those looking to stay in touch, heated floors and fully catered meals.
The beauty of the indoors is a mere palate cleanser, as an easily organized game drive fulfills and exceeds the expectations of living in an endless landscape. The sounds and smells of the Karoo imprint to memory for long term safe keeping. Whether looking to synchronize one’s demure nature with that of the Cape Mountain zebras or endeavoring to count the spots along the gangling neck of a giraffe, Mount Camdeboo is the finest way to reconnect the soul to mother nature.