Agama Tented Camp, near Garies

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Agama might only be 10 km from the N7 as the crow flies, but it feels light years away. The camp is in a gor­geous val­ley in the con­ser­va­tion sec­tion of Linda and Vin­cent Burke’s farm, and it’s a place to se­ri­ously slow down and for­get about the stress of mod­ern life. Gems­bok and spring­bok roam the veld, which guests are free to ex­plore on foot or by bike. In-camp en­ter­tain­ment in­cludes a swim­ming pool and a rustic pub. There’s no cell­phone re­cep­tion, but the hosts have re­cently in­stalled Wi-Fi – whether or not you use it is up to you. The si­lence is ab­so­lute and the night sky is mag­nif­i­cent – as is Linda’s cook­ing! Once you’ve tasted her bobotie you’ll un­der­stand why there’s no self-cater­ing op­tion. The camp might get booked up quickly dur­ing flower sea­son, but it’s a great des­ti­na­tion at any time of the year. Where can I see flow­ers? If you’re look­ing for iconic fields of daisies, the 200 km loop through Kamieskroon and the Sk­il­pad Wild­flower Re­serve is great. On the farm it­self, you can see an amaz­ing va­ri­ety of vy­gies. The dif­fer­ences be­tween the species are best ap­pre­ci­ated on foot – just walk along any old an­i­mal tracks and fol­low your nose. There’s a vlei on top of a nearby moun­tain that be­comes a riot of colour some years – the staff at Agama will tell you how to find it. Fa­cil­i­ties: Seven twin-sleeper sa­fari tents, all with decks and rustic en suite bath­rooms (loo, basin, hot shower). There’s no elec­tric­ity in the tents, but there are heaters for chilly nights. Rates: R1 150 per per­son shar­ing dur­ing low sea­son; R1 275 dur­ing flower sea­son (din­ner and break­fast in­cluded). No chil­dren un­der 12. You can book out the whole camp, but this is tricky dur­ing flower sea­son. How to get there: Fol­low the N7 north of Garies for about 10 km and turn onto the Klip­fontein/Mid­delkraal road. The en­trance gate is about 2 km fur­ther on the right; the camp is an­other 10 km into the veld. GPS: S30.49313 E17.92461 (en­trance gate) Con­tact: 072 0400 614; aga­macamp.co.za – Nick Dall

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