Escape to the Cederberg Wilderness
The Cederberg Wilderness area is a magical mountainous region located within a 2-hour drive
of the city of Cape Town. The rugged sandstone peaks of the region provide a refuge for
wildlife, as well as the perfect escape from the bustle and stress of city life.
Hiking and Climbing
The sandstone mountains of the Cederberg Wilderness provide an ideal setting for hiking and
climbing. Numerous well-marked trails crisscross the indigenous fynbos, taking visitors on
journeys to strange sandstone formations, crystal clear mountain pools and lofty mountain
A number of peaks in the Cederberg range are attractive to rock climbers, with Sneeuberg and
Tafelberg two of the most popular among climbers of all levels. Mountain biking along hiking
trails is another popular way to explore the unspoiled wilderness of this area.
The Cederberg Wilderness was once home to isolated tribes of hunter-gatherers. Today visitors
to the region can bridge the millennia with trips to the various rock paintings left behind by the
prehistoric residents of the Cederberg range.
There are numerous rock painting sites that can be viewed in the area, with some of these
dating back several thousand years. These portray the animal herds that once wandered
through the valleys, as well as the rituals and culture of the ancient tribes that pursued them
through the wilderness.
One needn’t participate in strenuous hikes or climbs to enjoy the benefits of the Cederberg.
Simply booking a weekend stay in the region if sufficient to refresh and rejuvenate, and a
number of Cederberg accommodation options are available to visitors – ranging from camp
sites to comfortable lodges.
The Cederberg is also home to private game reserves that provide refuge for antelope,
mountain leopard, the rare Cape clawless otter and a profusion of bird and reptile species.
Game reserves offer accommodation close to the natural splendour of the region.
Booking a Cederberg Retreat