Just a short distance from Cape Town is the Cederberg region, and what a contrast. It’s completely different, the climate is warmer and the landscape wilder. It has a captivating, raw beauty about it. The bustling towns of Clanwilliam and Citrusdal are surrounded by towering mountains which change colour with each dramatic sunset. Citrus fruit is grown in the valleys and the scent of orange blossom hangs in the air in spring. In contrast with the inland mountains, Lambertsbaai and Elandsbaai have coastal breezes and simple open-air restaurants serving some of the best and freshest seafood. There is a wealth of history to be discovered in this region.
Things to see and do in the Cederberg:
This region is good to visit all year. Do bear in mind that the summers can get very hot in the mountains.
A luxury lodge set in a wilderness area of the Cederberg with stunning vistas and rock formations.
A private reserve in the Cederberg Mountains, two camps set amongst stunning rock formations.
Enjoy an unspoiled ocean getaway on the West Coast.
Time: GMT +2 hours
There are daily flights from Europe to Johannesburg (about 10 ½ hours direct) and Cape Town (about 11 hours). There is also a good network of domestic flights connecting all main towns.
Language: English is South Africa's main administrative language and is widely spoken. There are also 11 official tribal languages.
Visas are not required for British passport holders.
No vaccinations are compulsory. Malaria is found in certain areas (mainly Kruger and the east coast towards Mozambique), but not throughout the country.