Cederberg Mountains

Stay in the heart of the Cederberg in pristine mountain country - walks, rock art, fynbos, swimming in rock pools and stunning scenic drives.

Overview

Enjoy hiking, bouldering, swimming, wine-tasting, and scenic drives in the Cederberg Wilderness Area of the Cederberg Mountains. The Cedarberg mountains rise majestically above the vineyards and citrus groves of the Oliphants River valley. The 100-km long mountain range is richly coloured by iron oxides. The sandstone rock has eroded into curious shapes such as the well-known Wolfberg Arch, Stadsaal caves and the dramatic Maltese Cross.

Most of the Cedarberg mountains are part of the official Cedarberg Wilderness Reserve and remain one of the most pristine areas of South Africa. Ancient mountain trails take you through fynboa fynbos and past curious rock formations. Fynbos include the rare Snow Protea and Clanwilliam pincushion.

The Northern Cederberg mountains, near Clanwilliam, are also discussed under Clanwilliam

Simple self-catering accommodation is available within the reserve. However, just outside the Cederberg Wilderness area there are a number of country lodges such as Mount Ceder Lodge.

Malgat rock pools in Cederberg mountains

Is it the Cederberg or Cedarberg mountains?
You may have noticed that our company name is spelt Cedarberg. Yet we now call this region the Cederberg. Why is this? Essentially, there are two spellings of this region in common usage. The English name is the Cedarberg but now many people have combined the English and Afrikaans spelling (Sederberg) into Cederberg mountains. So that’s why we have mainly said Cederberg mountains to describe the region, but we’ve used both names almost interchangeably. (We decided not to change our own company name because the Cederberg is only one of the areas we sell…)

Also check out our blog on Best Walks in the central Cederberg

Wolfberg Cracks in the Cederberg Mountains

Features

Why you may love it

  • Pristine wilderness experience
  • Plenty of well maintained walking trails
  • Stadsaal Caves with their amazing rock formations
  • San rock art at Stadsaal & Sevilla Rock Art trail
  • Scenic mountain drives
  • Cederberg Heritage Route – slack-packing trails
  • Excellent wine-tasting at Cederberg Cellars
  • Swimming in natural rock-pools such as Algeria Forest Station or Maalgat
  • Wonderful star gazing

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Did you know
  • WineHome to South Africa's highest altitude winery
  • Rooibos / Red BushEndemic to Cederberg, only place in the world it grows wild

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