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Why visit Cederberg?

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:

  • Hike in the mountains with not another person is sight.
  • There are some good examples of Bushman rock paintings in the mountains that are worth exploring.
  • Small open-air restaurants serving fresh seafood, right on the shore at Lambertsbaai are well worth investigating.
  • Go for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear rock pools dotted about the mountains. A good way to cool down during a hike.
  • Perhaps surprisingly, some excellent wines are grown in this region at the Cederberg Private Cellar, this is South Africa's highest winery, you can combine this with a hike if you wish.
  • Hike to the Maltese Cross, a 5 storey high rocky outcrop in the mountains near Algeria, this makes for stunning photographs.
  • Enjoy a cup of rooibos tea, after all, this is where the tea originated, there is a rooibos factory in Clanwilliam.
  • You could try your hand at rock climbing, there are some excellent areas for this - Krakadouw and Tafelberg peaks
  • The wildlife is varied, there are plenty of baboons, even porcupines and klipspringers, wildcats and Cape foxes.  If you are really really lucky, you may see an elusive leopard
  • The night sky here is spectacular, there is so little light polution. Budding astronomers can seek out the Southern Cross and the Milky Way.

When to visit the Cederberg

This region is good to visit all year. Do bear in mind that the summers can get very hot in the mountains.

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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time:

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.



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