When Hiking the Cederberg you can explore the land of crazy rock formations.
Cederberg mountains and nature reserve are located near Clanwilliam (+ 300km north of Cape Town). The wilderness area encompasses 71 000 hectares of rugged serrated sandstone cliffs, and deep valleys, making it a hikers paradise. Cederberg forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom. It is covered in mountain fynbos including laurel protea, red disa, rooibos, and the rare snow protea. The rich wildlife in the area includes porcupine, honey badger, Cape clawless otter and aardvark. Its also possible see African wild cat, lynx, bat-eared fox, aardwolf, Cape fox, baboons, dassies, Grey rhebok, klipspringer, duiker, leopard and grysbok.
Some famous landmarks worth hiking to include the Wolfberg Arch and Wolfberg Cracks. Welbedacht Cave, Tafelberg, the Maltese Cross and Sneeuberg (2026m).
Hiking Cederberg is freezing in winter and scalding hot in summer. So spring’s the best time , with full streams and lovely flowers.
4x4 vehicles make hidden oases accessible, such as the highest vineyards in the country. San rock paintings, historic mission villages still handmaking leather shoes and other rare experiences.
The Cederberg hike
There is a wide choice of accommodation options from camping, self catering cottages to 5 star lodges. However hiking is one of the best ways to experience the area and its people. Hike the Heritage Route, which was founded by the Moravian Church. This is a slack-packing trail with overnight accommodation includes catering and porterage of hikers luggage, utilizing facilities provided by the local communities.
The journey begins with a donkey cart ride over a mountain range into the heart of the Cederberg wilderness. Overnight accommodation is at a Moravian mission house and the guiding is by local escorts who take hikers through fields of fynbos and rooibos tea. Hike over unique rock formations to the next village for another memorable experience of warm local hospitality. Trails can be 3 or 4 nights, and tailor-made to suit fitness levels.
We offer guided walks in the Cederberg and surrounding areas. Detailed itineraries can be arranged to suit your time frame and pocket. Please contact us for more information