Overview-Cederberg Drive and Hike
The Cederberg Wilderness is a World heritage area renowned for its spectacular landscapes, rock formations, botanical diversity, ancient rock art and very special hiking trails. Cederberg Drive and Hike is an opportunity to experience the Cederberg highlights.
|Type||Self-drive and hike|
|Location||Cederberg Wilderness, South Africa|
|Group size||1+ people|
|Duration||7 days (6 nights)|
|Day Stages||About 10 km per day|
|Distance||About 50 km|
|Terrain||Mountain trails, tracks|
|Meals||Self-catering or all meals included|
|Cost||Available on request|
|Dates||Oct to April is “High season”|
The program allows you to experience wilderness hiking combined with the necessary comforts. You will stay in cottages/chalets in the heart of the Cederberg and venture out each day on various hikes. The program provides for the unique features and hikes in the area such as The Wolfberg Cracks, The Stadsaal cave, the Maltese Cross, etc The standard program is 7 days and can be structured to include all meals or it can be self-catering. The services of a guide can be arranged, if required.
The Cederberg is the wilderness at its best.
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
Red sandstone and unique rock formations
Variety of Bushmen rock art produced by the San
Several hiking trails
The Maltese Cross -, the Wolfberg Cracks and Arch -, Disa Pool trail, etc
Follow our Route directions and drive through the wilderness area from base to base. From each base (cottage) a selection of hiking trails will be recommended. During daily walks you will have the opportunity to explore the Cape fynbos, Cedar trees, rock formations, bird life, rock art ,etc The 7 day program is focused on the highlights of the Cederberg Wilderness. It involves minimum driving. We ensure that each day is interesting and well balanced in terms of walking and leisure. The day sequence of the program may vary, depending on weather conditions. The program includes hikes/visits listed under below.
Your accommodation bookings in the central Cederberg will be rustic cottages/chalets. Lunch packs can be arranged and Dinner options are available. Most areas will not have cell phone and internet reception. Example of Clanwilliam accommodation
Rate available on request- depending on whether meals and the services of a guide are required
Overall rating is "Easy/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 Easy and 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 Drive and Hike. We can assist with bookings and advice. The costs of these options are available on request.
When to do the Cederberg Drive and Hike
Bookings can be made throughout the year. High season is the Easter period and from Christmas to after New Year. The Easter period is traditionally the time when South Africans go on a mountain holiday. There are normally three long weekends during the March to May period, which are very popular. Facilities are very seldom overcrowded, even during high season time. Winters in the Cederberg are quite severe. The winter period of from the middle of May to the end of August is normally not ideal for an inexperienced hiker. Mid summer can be very hot. If you are flexible we recommend booking during the week outside the school holidays. The period just before or after long weekends or school holidays are also normally quiet. For example the second half of January or the whole of November.
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 Drive and Hike Gallery
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More about Cederberg
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