Cederberg & West Coast

The Cederberg is famous for its spring flowers, ancient rock art, delicious wine, spectacular mountain drives and hiking.

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The Cederberg Mountains lie approx 2+ hours drive north of Cape Town. Once over the Piekenierskloof Pass, you descend into a different world… 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 Cedarberg lodges and touring options. From self drive itineraries and walking holidays, to rock art and spring wild flower tours.

The Cederberg provides a natural arena for adventure lovers. It is a perfect area for anyone who enjoys the outdoor lifestyle. There’s great hiking and bouldering 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 area, swimming in waterfall rock pools or simply relaxing 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 amply demonstrated by the outdoor 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 amongst the fynbos and dramatic rock formations
  • Wine-tasting at the Cederberg cellars, the highest wine estate in South Africa
  • Enjoy an alfresco seafood lunch on the beach on the West Coast
  • Learn about Rooibos tea on farm tours
  • Spectacular star-gazing in the Cederberg skies

Note: Cedarberg or Cederberg?

You may have noticed that our company name takes after this region, which is where our South African office is located. But we are called Cedarberg and yet the region is now called the Cederberg by most people. There are two spellings of this region in common usage. The English name was ‘Cedarberg’ but many people now combine the English and 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 it is only one of many parts of Africa we sell.

When to visit

The traditional time to visit the Cederberg and West Coast has been during springtime when the flowers are in full bloom but it’s worth visiting at any time of year. The Cederberg 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 very hot and so enjoying the Great Outdoors is more of a challenge but many of our guests love relaxing by the pool and enjoying some chill-out time. Ideally we recommend any time between mid March and mid December.

Getting around

The Cederberg is 2-3 hours drive north from Cape Town on an easy and scenic tar road. Once in the Cederberg area, some of the driving will be on gravel roads. The 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.

Alternatively you can head north to Namibia (5 hours to the border), the Augrabies Falls and the Trans Kgalagadi National Park.

Check out these related blog posts

Walks in the central Cederberg

Walks in the northern Cederberg

Behind the scenes of the Cederberg Heritage Route

Tips for flower-viewing in the Cederberg & Namaqualand

Where To Go

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