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Cederberg Wilderness Area

  • 4.8

  • from 575 Google reviews

A tree with a mountain in the background
A tree with a mountain in the background

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The Cederberg Wilderness is only three hours outside Cape Town, but it feels like a different world. The Cederberg Mountains, burnt orange by iron oxide, dominate the landscape. Jagged sandstone rock formations, like the Maltese Cross and the Wolfberg Arch, and ancient San and Khoi rock art, make this area truly spectacular.

The Cederberg lies 200km north of Cape Town, stretching from the Middelberg Pass in Citrusdal to north of the Pakhuis Pass at Clanwilliam. The wilderness area encompasses about 71 000 hectares of rugged, mountainous terrain, making it a top spot in the Western Cape for hiking and rock-climbing enthusiasts.

The Cederberg, which forms part of the Cape floral region, is a World Heritage Site, is covered in mountain fynbos, including the laurel protea, the red disa, rooibos, and the rare and endemic snow protea. Rare Clanwilliam cedars, the area’s namesake, dot the higher mountain cliffs.

The area is also rich in wildlife. Visitors with a keen eye may spot porcupines, honey badger, the Cape clawless otter and aardvark. The lucky few may even catch a glimpse of the elusive leopard. There are also smaller predators like the African wild cat, lynx, bat-eared fox, aardwolf and Cape fox. Other, more common animals include baboons, dassies, grey rhebok, klipspringers, duiker and grysbok.

Opening times

Office Hours | 07h30 to 16h00

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No cafe or restaurant on site



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Google reviews

  • 4.8

  • from 575 Google reviews

Hans Scheffler

3 months ago


Unique rock formations. Do an overnight hike for the best experience. You need to be totally self-sufficient; no facilities outside the formal camping sites.

Deon Engelbrecht

in the last week


Wonderful stay at peerboom cottage. Great setting. Great design and finishings. The fireplace in the lounge was especially nice.

Hamilton Peter Witbooi

6 months ago


It is really fantastic very interesting I'm still here

Sarah Gedye

a year ago


Middleburg mountain accessed from Algeria. Beautiful mountain hike, waterfall and special places to camp under the stars. Get a permit from Algeria.

Therésa Rossouw

a year ago


Place is stunning...must be much better sustained. Soooooo much more that could be done. 🙈

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