The Cederberg Mountains lie only 2+ hours drive north of Cape Town, but it feels like a different world. Once over the Piekenierskloof Pass, the country has changed: wilder, warmer with a raw, dramatic beauty. The towering Cederberg mountains, brilliant purple in the late afternoon light, preside over a fruit-filled valley laden with the scent of orange blossom in the spring.
The Cederberg is our home. So we have an expert knowledge of the Cederberg lodges and touring options. From self drive itineraries and walking holidays, to rock art and spring wild flower tours.
The Cederberg also provides a natural arena for adventure lovers. It is a perfect area thos who enjoy an outdoor lifestyle. There’s great hiking opportunities. Whilst the rivers offer glorious crystal clear water for swimming and canoeing. Take a fascinating journey to the picturesque mission village of Wupperthal deep in the Cederberg. Or follow a walking trail to some ancient rock paintings. Enjoy hiking in the Cederberg Wilderness Reserve, swimming in waterfall rock pools.
Or simply relax in one of the most beautiful and peaceful areas of South Africa.
En route to the Cederberg you may like to visit the Cape West Coast, with its unique sandveld vegetation, picturesque fishing villages, long sandy beaches and immense bird colonies. Its relaxed hospitality is demonstrated by its famous alfresco seafood restaurants on the beach.
Why visit the Cederberg?
- Carpets of wild flowers in Spring (Aug to mid Sept)
- Ancient rock paintings of the San (Bushmen) people
- Hiking in the Cederberg mountains with its fynbos and dramatic rock formations
- Wine-tasting at the Cederberg cellars, the highest wine estate in South Africa, as well as other leading cellars of the area
- Enjoy an alfresco seafood lunch on the beach on the West Coast
- Learn about Rooibos tea on farm and fynbos tours
- Spectacular star-gazing in the Cederberg skies
- Fantastic weather for most of the year
Note: Is it Cedarberg or Cederberg?
You may have noticed that our company name takes its name from this region, as this is where our South African office is located. We are called Cedarberg Africa and yet the region is now called the Cederberg by most people. There are still two spellings of this region in common usage. The English name was Cedarberg but many people now combine the English and old Afrikaans spelling (Sederberg) into Cederberg, which is why you will see it spelt in both ways! We decided not to change our company name because the Cedarberg (or Cederberg) is just one of many parts of Africa we sell.
When to visit the Cederberg?
The traditional time to visit the Cederberg and West Coast has been during springtime (think August) when the flowers are in full bloom. But it’s worth visiting at any time of year. The Cedarberg gets much less rain than Cape Town or the Winelands so it’s great to visit in the winter. In the height of summer (January and February) it is hot so an early start is recommended. But many of our guests love relaxing by the pool and enjoying some chill-out time.
The Cedarberg is 2-3 hours drive north from Cape Town on an easy and scenic tar road. No traffic lights from when you leave Cape Town so its a clear run through. Once in the Cedarberg area, some of the driving in the mountains will be on gravel roads.
The Cape West Coast is closer, between 1-2 hours north of Cape Town depending on where you are staying. A great circular route from Cape Town would be to visit the West Coast for a couple of nights, then continue to the Cederberg before heading to the Cape Winelands or even Hermanus. If you like to get off the beaten track, you could travel via the picturesque village of Tulbagh with its Cape Dutch houses and wine estates.