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Cederberg Wilderness Area

  • 4.8

  • from 569 Google reviews

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

About the garden

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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None

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Google reviews

  • 4.8

  • from 569 Google reviews

sam KB

in the last week

5

Amazing hikes and walks. Recommend 4x4 for comfort although most untarred/gravel roads can be made with regular vehicles. You need to get permits from Cape Nature at various stations and in summer carry lots of water, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Start early if possible on day hikes so you avoid midday sun/heat. Buy permit day in advance so you can access hikes etc for early starts. Check difficulty levels if hiking with children. Maps available online or when you buy permits. Maltese Cross is 4-5 hour hike out and back - we powered up in about 1.5hrs so can be done quicker but worth allowing recommended times.

dianay giovante

5 months ago

5

Awesome, awesome, awesome! We just love this area for its vast open spaces and majestic mountain vistas. We make a habit of picking up any litter we find along the roads, and fortunately there is not as much to collect as in other areas frequented by humans. Vast networks of well maintained gravel roads leading to interesting little rural hamlets and scenic vistas galore. Definitely recommend you go there to explore. Just make sure you have enough food and fuel in your tank!

Hamilton Peter Witbooi

a month ago

4

It is really fantastic very interesting I'm still here

Sarah Gedye

a year ago

5

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

2

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

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+27 (0)27 482 2403

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