Overview- Cederberg Community Hike
The 4 days/3 nights Cederberg Community Hike is in the northern Cederberg, about 250 km north-west of Cape Town. The area has a spectacular mountain landscape, is a treasure house of rock art and has a rich botanical diversity, being part of the Cape Floral Kingdom. A major portion is a proclaimed Wilderness Area that has World Heritage status.
|Location||Cederberg Wilderness, South Africa|
|Group size||1+ people|
|Duration||4 days (3 nights)|
|Day Stages||About 14 km per day|
|Distance||About 44 km|
|Terrain||Mountain trails, tracks|
|Meals||Breakfast & dinner incl|
|Cost||From R6 850 per person|
|Best dates||1 August to 31 October|
The hike is escorted by members of the local community. It includes accommodation, meals (excluding lunch packs), a rock art visit, donkey cart ride and entrance fees, where applicable. Accommodation will be comfortable guesthouses, guest cottages and one night at the small picturesque Moravian missionary settlement, Heuningvlei. Luggage are transported to the next night’s stay. Hikers only have to carry day packs.
The Cederberg landscape
Distinctive Cederberg landscape. Magnificent views and sunsets
Flora and fauna
Cape fynbos, endangered Clanwilliam Cedar, Cape Mountain Leopard, Baboons, Klipspringers, etc and more tha 100 bird species
This part of the Cederberg is particularly known for its impressive mountain landscape, rugged terrain and coloured rock formations. The area is very popular for rock climbing.
The Cederberg is one of the best areas for ancient San (Bushmen) rock art in the world, with more than 2,500 discovered sites, a number of which are easily accessible.
Day 4 of the hike includes the opportunity to see beautiful examples of the ancient art on the easy walking 5 km Sevilla Rock Art Trail.
The hikes are escorted by local community members. Stay one night in the small picturesque Moravian missionary, Heuningvlei.
Donkey cart ride
The itinerary includes a donkey cart ride.
4 days / 3 nights
Total distance 40km
Arrival Clanwilliam region for overnight
Self-drive to Kliphuis Campsite (Cape Nature) in the Pakhuis Pass where it is safe to leave your car. The walk for the day starts at the Kliphuis Campsite and ends at Krakadouw / Dwarsrivier. Descent for the day 950m, total ascent 393m.
Overnight Boskloof Distance 15 km
Krakadouw / Dwarsrivier to Heuningvlei via the Krakadouw Pass. The first section all along the Dwarsrivier. Ascent for the day 893m over the first 7.4 km to a total height of 1100m at Krakadouwpoort, thereafter descend 242m to the small community of Heuningvlei.
Overnight Heuningvlei Distance 12 km
Donkey Cart Trail from Heuningvlei to Kliphuis Campsite / Pakhuis Pass. Total ascent for the day 302m, descent 474m Distance 13 km.
Collect your car, then self-drive 13 km to Traveller’s Rest to experience the Sevilla Rock Art Trail.
Your accommodation bookings will be rustic cottages/chalets and includes breakfast and dinner. Lunch packs to be arranged. Some areas will not have cell phone and internet reception.
Minimum 1 plus 1 person
From R6,850 per person sharing
- The hikes are escorted by local community members
- Luggage transfers
- 3 nights accommodation
- Breakfast and dinner
- Guided rock art visit, donkey cart ride and entrance fees where applicable.
- Electronic maps are available for users of navigation devices (gps and cell phone)
- Items not mentioned above
- Transport to and from Clanwilliam
- Lunch packs and snacks for the walk (Lunch packs to be arranged previous day at guesthouses)
Overall rating is "Moderate". You do not need to be ultra-fit but certainly able to walk between 12 and 20 km per day. The route takes you along paths, along field and tracks . See Walking grades for more details about Moderate rating.
Destinations to add to your trip
We recommend that you add some other attractions to compliment your visit to Cederberg. You can include other visits before or after the Cederberg Community Hike. We can assist with bookings and advice. The costs of these options are available on request.
When to do the Cederberg Community Hike
Bookings can be made throughout the year. If you are flexible we recommend booking during the week, outside the school holidays. The most beautiful time for hiking would be late winter and spring, the months of August, September and October. The botanical diversity is beautiful and there is water in the mountain streams which is drinkable and being cold very refreshing. Lovely clear rock pools for swimming. Summers can often unfortunately be very hot and unpleasant for long hikes. Mid-summer is not recommended for this particular hike.
The Cederberg has a great climate – hot summer days and mostly mild sunny days in winter with cold nights. During winter the higher mountain peaks do get snow with cold fronts coming over the Western Cape. Rainfall in the Cederberg ranges from an average of 800 mm per annum at Algeria to an average of less than 250mm/annum around Matjiesrivier, Cederberg Oasis, Nuwerust and Mount Cedar. The west of the Conservancy is mostly wet and cold during the winter while the eastern area is very cold with less rain. The most rain falls during winter between May and September. It often snows on the higher parts. Summers are very hot and dry and can reach temperatures as high as 40° Celcius.
For international visitors:
When we confirm your booking more details will be given as well as suggestions about places to visit along the way from Cape Town
What to take
Comfortable, well aerated clothes in keeping with the season. Always bring a thick windbreaker/jacket, good walking boots (already worn-in) and several pairs of cotton or wool socks. For your daily needs, you are advised to have a day-bag, a plastic bag to line your day-pack (to protect the contents from rain), rainwear, a sun-hat, sunglasses, sun block, a water bottle, plastic picnic boxes, personal first-aid kit, camera, torch/flashlight and an extra plastic bag for litter,hiking stick, insect repellant.
We recommend that you arrange appropriate holiday insurance giving you cover against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for any reason.
Availability and Booking
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Pictures of Cederberg can be viewed in Cederberg Community Hike Gallery
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