Cedarberg Hiking tour
$ 1,016 (Pps)
The Cederberg Wilderness area, with its wild and dramatically colored and weathered rocks, is ideal for walking and hiking.
It lies only two hours north of Cape Town and the Winelands. So it’s easy to add on a few days walking. Ancient forest trails take you through pristine mountain fynbos. There's hardly a soul to be seen and a sense of peace descends on you as you walk. The Cedarberg Hiking Tour is a series of one day walks in the mountains using a very comfortable mountain lodge as the first base and a luxury lodge as the second base. It is ideal for the keen hiker.
Differences between the Cedarberg Hiking tour and the Cederberg Heritage Route trails:
Our Cedarberg Hiking Tour is a fully guided tour with a Satour-registered guide. It begins in Cape Town and it also uses premier country lodges. The Cederberg Heritage trails are only semi-escorted. Community guides escort you from point A to point B rather than act as full-fledged guides. You are staying in more modest community guesthouses and the tours begin and end in Clanwilliam (though we can arrange transfers from Cape Town).
It is difficult to give an extremely accurate price for these hiking tours, especially for 2 pax, because walking guides vary in price considerably and so it depends on their availability. The price below should thus be treated as a guide price which will be firmed up on enquiry for specific dates. We have erred on the pessimistic side so the price may well be lower.
- Wine tasting at the Cederberg Wine Estate
- Hike to the Maltese Cross
- Climb up to dramatic Wolfberg Cracks
Cedarberg Hiking tour at a glance
You leave Cape Town and head to Tulbagh where you have time to explore the charming 18th century village of Tulbagh with its whitewashed Cape Dutch houses, enjoy some wine tasting and have an early Cape Malay lunch at the Paddagang restaurant.
You continue via Ceres and the Gydo pass into the Southern Cedarberg. Once over the pass, the country changes; wilder, warmer with a raw, dramatic beauty. You arrive at Mount Ceder Lodge in the mid afternoon where you stay for two nights. Here you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal clear river waters.
Mount Ceder is a delightful lodge high in the Cedarberg, ideally situated for mountain hiking, fishing, swimming and visiting San (Bushman) rock paintings. The nine cottages range from charming one bedroom cottages to spacious four bedroom houses, all with Oregon pine furnishings. They are immaculately kept with obvious pride and attention to detail.
Take the enjoyable walk to the imposing monolith of Maltese Cross in the morning (3 to 4 hours walk) where you enjoy a magnificent view of the Cedarberg range. In the afternoon enjoy some wine tasting at the Cederberg Wine Estate nearby, swim in the Maalgat rock pools and visit the Stadsaal caves and Bushmen rock art paintings.
Today you have an early start for the fairly steep, but rewarding, climb up to the dramatic Wolfberg Cracks (1 to 1½ hours hike up). At the top there are some stunning rock formations and panoramic views.
After your descent, you continue down the Uitkyk Pass to Algeria Forest Station where we stop for a picnic lunch. Depending on the time of year you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal clear swimming hole.
Continue down the valley to skirt the beautiful Clanwilliam Dam before arriving in Clanwilliam, one of the oldest towns in South Africa.
You stay overnight at Cederberg Ridge, a luxurious wilderness lodge offering delicious food, hospitality and adventure. The lodge overlooks the panorama of the Cederberg Mountains with its unique raw, rugged beauty.
It offers the authentic ambience of a modern African farmhouse with much use of wood, natural materials and earthy tones. But the striking steel windows bring a contemporary touch. The lodge terrace, dining room and deck look out over the indigenous gardens which melt into the fynbos, veld and mountains beyond. Enjoy relaxing around the pool, under the fever trees or on the stoep. You can also pamper yourself with a spa treatment or enjoy story-telling and star-gazing at the fire-pit in the evening.
This morning you enjoy a stunning circular, and not too strenuous, walk through some of the northern Cedarberg enjoying some lovely examples of fynbos vegetation. The walk takes approx 3½ to 4 hours. After lunch, you return to Cape Town via the picturesque wheatfields of the Swartland arriving in the late afternoon.
An idea of price
This price is based on 4 people doing the trip. It will be a higher price if it is only 2 people (ie about 35-40% higher, because the costs of the guide, transport and guide accommodation are all divided between only 2 people and not 4 people.) But we’ll give a firm price on application as it varies depending on walking guide availability.
Meals and accommodation as shown in text, services of a guide and transport, entrances and walking permits.
Items of a personal nature, drinks