Bushman rock art in the Cederberg Mountains

Visit the Cederberg Mountains

About Cederberg Mountains

Despite being a mere two hours from Cape Town, the landscape of Cederberg is dramatically different. Boulders and cliffs loom in from all angles while the wild flora blossoms freely throughout the region. The area also has a rich and diverse selection of wildlife, which includes mountain zebras and klipspringers (a small rock-climbing antelope) as well as majestic leopards and several different species of birds of prey. For those looking to immerse themselves in the wilderness and reconnect with nature, the Cederberg Mountains are the perfect destination.

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The biggest lure of the Cederberg Mountains is, undoubtedly, the magnificent sandstone formations that have been shaped and carved by the wind over the course of millennia. The most notable of these are the Maltese Cross and the Wolfberg Arch. Other features worth exploring are the naturally formed rock pools, in which weary travellers can take a dip for some brief respite from the fierce sun that often beats down on these plains.

The Cederberg Mountains present some of the best hiking opportunities in the country as many take on the Tafelberg and Sneeuberg mountains. Both peaks offer breathtaking views of the area and are ideal for those seeking to get lost for a bit. The vastness of the area gives explorers the chance to feel completely alone, an extremely cathartic feeling for those used to the chaos of big metropolises. One further point of interest in this area is the trail that takes wanderers past some intriguing Bushman Rock Art, the provenance of which is highly contested.

Cederberg Mountains Tours

Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Cederberg Mountains

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Cape to Namibia

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Great African Expedition

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Cederberg Mountains Hotels

If you are planning a Cederberg Mountains holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Clanwilliam Lodge Cederberg Mountains

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Founded in 1732, the Clanwilliam Lodge is a colloquial gem ensconced in the magical Oliphant's River Valley. Guest rooms vary from standard rooms to superior suites. All are tastefully furnished, bright and modern. The inviting outdoor pool is a great way to cool down and relax in the afternoons. Guests can grab a drink in the evening in the classy sunken lounge and bar or indulge in a bit of pampering at the luxury spa. The lodge is located just a 5 min drive from the Clanwilliam Dam - a hotspot for watersports and angling.

Gecko Creek Lodge Cederberg Mountains

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Gecko Creek Lodge is a self catering lodge with comfortable cabins overlooking the valley, a fire warmed open air Boma and salt water swimming pool. It is located on a 517 hectare private nature reserve that borders the 80,000 hectare Cederberg Reserve. Visitors have the option of staying in cabins or tents and are provided with a fridge and plenty of cooking utensils for whipping up some homemade grub in the evenings. There is also a resident masseuse who can help you unwind after a long day trekking through the Cederberg Reserve.

The Old Village Cederberg Mountains

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Built in the 1700s, the Old Village has been beautifully restored to its former glory. Made up of a number of stone built white-washed cottages, the accommodation is all under thatch with original beams and fittings. Rooms also have their own kitchens so guests can feel right at home. However those not wanting to cook can enjoy hearty meals at the The Old Village Restaurant and Pub which serves a sensational carvery roast on a Sunday. Perfectly located overlooking the beautiful Cedarberg mountains.

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