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  • Set in scenic valley in a dramatic mountainous landscape
  • Large variety of accommodation options available to suit all needs
  • Offers a spectacular outdoors escape within easy reach of the city

Mount Ceder

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

86km from Clanwilliam

 

-32.6488, 19.4092

About

Set against a backdrop of rugged beauty and dramatic mountains, Mount Ceder is a perfect place to revive weary souls and enthrall inquisitive adventurers, and our stay will be made even more memorable by the lovely team who are there to look after you. Accommodation options consist of several 2 to 6 sleeper cottages, ranging from rustic to luxurious, and camp sites that offer private washrooms and solar electricity.  

Leeustert, Melkbos and Kliphuis are tastefully renovated shepherd's cottages that sleep 2 people each and are situated 1km downriver from reception. The 4-sleeper PeperboomKamferboom and Olienhout are set in spectacular scenery about 30m apart, are ideal for family groups, and are a five to ten minute walk from the river. The 6-sleeper Puntjie is set against a small koppie and offers beautiful valley views and total privacy.

The 6-sleeper Taaibos is situated on a corner of land overlooking the river, with glorious views from the verandah of the surrounding mountains and the olive groves on the northern side of the river. No other cottages are in sight. The 6-sleeper stone cottages, Waboomhoek and Blinkberg, are situated near the river with spectacular scenery all round. Finally, the 6-sleeper Klipbokkop is a luxurious stone cottage situated on the ridge overlooking Waboomhoek and Blinkberg, with magnificent views up and down the river. 

How you enjoy the beauty of Mount Ceder is up to you. Walk in the mountains with no one around, clamber over the unique rock formations, hire a canoe, swim in the perennial river with the kids, or marvel at the delicate Bushman rock art. Of course, you could just immerse yourself in quiet contemplation and enjoy the solitude of this unspoilt paradise from the luxury of your cottage. At the end of an activity-filled day, settle down to a relaxing drink on your veranda, or enjoy a wholesome 3-course meal at the Old Millhouse restaurant, accompanied by superb wine from the region. The restaurant has TV for sport, and limited, paid Wi-Fi is available at reception.

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12 Self-Catering Cottages

Each sleeps 2 - 6 guests
Comfortable living area
Fully equipped kitchen facilities
Fireplace indoors
Verandah with braai & utensils

3 Camping Sites 

Max 6 guests on each site
Each has its own wash room
Braai area on each site

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Self-catering 
Restaurant: light daytime meals 
Breakfast & dinner provided if booked prior to arrival

Kids

Kids of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Set in a valley surrounded by arrestingly dramatic mountains, Mount Ceder offers a host of accommodation options ranging from rustic to luxurious, a choice of self-catering or homestyle cuisine from the Old Mill restaurant, and the freedom to do exactly as you please. Mount Ceder is located midway between Ceres and Clanwilliam, and offers a perfect weekend destination in a great wilderness area. It has a river running through it, majestic views, amazing spring flowers, and rugged hikes – perfect for the young and not-so-young.

Summary

  • Set in scenic valley in a dramatic mountainous landscape
  • Large variety of accommodation options available to suit all needs
  • Offers a spectacular outdoors escape within easy reach of the city

Privacy

Puntjie and Taaibos offer the greatest seclusion.

Things to consider Bringing

It's an 86km drive on gravel to the nearest town, so be sure to bring all your supplies with you.
Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming towels, mountain bike, fishing gear, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

Both gravel approach roads, 34km from Ceres, or 75km from N7 Clanwilliam, are  suitable for any vehicle.

Activities & Attractions

  • Hiking trails
  • Olive grove cycle route
  • Horse riding
  • Swimming in the dam & river
  • Canoes for hire
  • Fishing in the river
  • Birding
  • Olive picking Apr - Jul
  • Historic Mill House
  • Stargazing
  • Boer War trenches
  • Fossils (protected by law)
  • Rock art in the area
  • Seasonal wild flowers
  • Cederberg Astronomical Observatory

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning in some rooms
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Periodic housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast and dinner by arrangement
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Stove
  • Fridge or minibar
  • Basic cleaning materials

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Business & Connectivity

  • No cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 50km
  • Nearest fuel further than 50km

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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Cape West Coast

Western Cape

About

This exquisite, isolated stretch of land along the west coast of South Africa is one of its richest and most prized natural areas. Breathtaking mountain ranges are constant travelling companions along the Winelands and West Coast routes. The magnificent, brooding peaks, crags and unusual rock formations and caverns were canvases for the San and Khoi people, who left lyrical rock paintings documenting their lives and spiritual experiences of the land.

The mountains now attract rock-climbers and hikers. The west coast’s cold, nutrient-rich Benguela current ensures that its Atlantic waters are teeming with marine life and its shores, although seemingly dry and grey out of flower season, nurture an incredible diversity of plant and animal life.

Unesco has deemed the Cape Floristic Region an area of such incredible biodiversity that the Cape Biosphere Reserve has been formed to protect the land from Milnerton to Velddrif.

The West Coast route encompasses both inland and seaside villages. Travelling north from Cape Town through inland towns such as Darling, Riebeeck Kasteel, Porterville, Piketberg, Citrusdal, Clanwilliam and Wupperthal leads past a series of mountain ranges and wilderness areas, including the Grootwinterhoek, Koue Bokkeveld, and the well-loved Cederberg. The route winds through vineyards, wheat fields, olive, citrus and dairy farms, and friendly towns that have a pastoral serenity.

After good winter rains, flower-lovers make pilgrimages to the west coast in spring (August to September) to enjoy the Cape floral region’s colourful splendour, which reaches its full brilliance in Namaqualand in the Northern Cape. Darling, Porterville, Clanwilliam and Hopefield are especially well known for their flowers and flower festivals.

Once sated with the marvels of the Cederberg, tourists can meander down the coast through fishing villages such as Strandfontein, Lamberts Bay, Eland’s Bay, Velddrif, Paternoster, Langebaan and Yzerfontein.

In the 1600s, Jan Van Riebeeck rejected the west coast as unsuitable for settlement because of the lack of fresh water and the area remained relatively undeveloped. However, in the past 15 years, fresh water supply has been ensured and tourism has boomed. Paternoster has maintained the aesthetic appearance and atmosphere of a fishing village, with whitewashed cottages and fishing boats strewn across its beaches, and is particularly popular with tourists as a result. 

The west coast paints olfactory pictures as compelling as its beautiful scenery. Inland areas can be startlingly fragrant, with orange blossom, rooibos, fynbos and buchu, whereas the fecund, fishy, kelpy marine smells of the coastline are quintessential to the Cape.

Then there is the mouth-watering aroma of west coast rock lobster (crayfish or kreef) on the braai (barbeque) … and the stench of Cape gannet guano at Lambert’s Bay’s Bird Island. All the senses seem heightened in response to this area, perhaps because of its ancient wilderness. 

The coastal towns have a much-vaunted Mediterranean feel and moderate temperatures that attract holiday makers and retirees. With blazing blue skies above, white sandy beaches underfoot and azure seas, you can feel as if you have been catapulted onto a brilliant Greek isle. 

However, the west coast is different from the warm, easy going east coast, and can whip up a howling, biting wind, or set in with miserable rain and austere, desolate greyness.

Shell middens and Stone Age artefacts dotted along the coastline suggest that the west coast’s sea and mountains sustained early human life as long as 700 000 years ago and later supported the San and Khoi people. The Khoi began herding sheep two millennia ago and were well-established herdsman by the time the Dutch settlers arrived in the 17th century, leading to disputes over territory. 

The Portuguese navigator, Vasco da Gama, is said to be the first recorded European to arrive on South African shores, near the Berg River mouth, in a bay he named Bahai da Santa Elena after the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great.The west coast is well-known for its shipwrecks, with Paternoster (“Our Father”) said to reference the prayers of Portuguese sailors.

The west coast has drawn waves of fortune-seekers over the years, with fishing, farming, whaling, guano, forestry and diamonds being among the major drawcards, but some of the area’s greatest assets have been nearly exhausted by human demand, leaving a number of conservation concerns, such as the scarcity of the renosterbos (Swartveld) and the near eradication of endemic Clanwilliam cedars. 

After years of exploitation, the Cederberg Wilderness Area now protects these rare and endemic species as well as the Cape leopard, snow protea and the red and yellow Disa uniflora. Dainty antelope species roam the reserves, as well as baboon, tortoise, caracal, mongoose and bat-eared fox. Sunbirds and sugarbirds thrive on the fynbos. 

Southern right whales enter the west coast’s sheltered bays from July to October in order to calve and can often be seen quite close to the shore. Endemic Haviside’s dolphins also roam the waters, as do dusky dolphins, great white sharks, penguins and Cape fur seals. The wetlands and estuaries in the region are a bird-watcher’s paradise, with tens of thousands of birds, including (in summer) northern hemisphere waders.

Look out for

Cape Flower Route – geologically, the region has remained relatively unchanged for five-million years, resulting in its unique fynbos and astonishing plant variety. 

The 71 000-hectare Cederberg Wilderness Area encompasses famous rock formations (Maltese Cross; Wolfberg Arch and Wolfberg Cracks), caverns with fine rock art sites (Town Hall/Stadsaal Caves) and peaks (the tallest of which is the Sneeuberg at 2 028 metres). Streams, waterfalls and ravines and the amazing plants and animal diversity attract bird-watchers, nature-lovers and hikers who revel in the 254 kilometres of trails. 

Langebaan Lagoon is the centre of West Coast National Park, known for abundant birdlife, beaches, the Postberg Flower Reserve (open from August to September) and Buffelsfontein Game Reserve, with resident black and blue wildebeest, bontebok and eland. Near Kraal Bay are the “footprints of Eve” - early hominid footprints preserved in the sandstone. 

Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, known to Paternoster locals as “Tietiesbaai”, has the last manual lighthouse in South Africa. 

The West Coast Fossil Park between Langebaan and Velddrif yielded a fossilised skull dating back to the Stone Age and showcases the ancient prehistory of area, including extinct animal fossils of toothy bears and tigers. Tours, mountain-bike trails, flower walks and coffee are available.

San Rock Art sites are a testament to the rich spiritual and community relationships of the San and Khoi and quirkily detail the creatures they encountered (even white settlers and ships).  The Cederberg region has more than 2 500 sites. 

Quaint villages - neat, charming Clanwilliam is famed for bouldering, flowers and Rooibos tea. Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout (South African satirist Pieter Dirk Uys) has made a cabaret theatre out of the old Darling station, called Evita se Perron (Evita’s Platform). Riebeeck Kasteel is known for olives, wine, eateries, pastoral friendliness and vibey food, arts and culture festivals. Citrusdal’s hot springs are an amazing natural phenomenon.

Wine – the Olifants River, Swartland and Darling Wine Routes lead oenophiles through amazing scenery to excellent local cellars.

Birdwatching - Langebaan Lagoon; Verlorenvlei (Elands Bay); Berg River Estuary and Rocherpan Nature Reserve (near Velddrif). Bird Island Nature Reserve (Lambert’s Bay), a 19 000-strong Cape gannet colony. 

Activities -  angling, diving, sailing; windsurfing at Saldanha and Langebaan Lagoon; surfing at Eland’s Bay; canoeing on the Berg River; paragliding and hang-gliding at Porterville; Langebaan Country Estate’s scenic 18-hole links-type golf course,designed by Gary Player.

Hikes and walks – numerous trails available, with attractions specific to every area, whether crayfish, rock art or flowers. 

Seafood - West Coast villages offer delectable culinary experiences in unique settings, traditional South African dishes and unsurpassed seafood, such as seasonal crayfish, snoek and bokkoms (dried salted fish). 

Music Festivals - The Rittelfees (Vredendal) and Rocking the Daisies (Cloof Wine Estate, Darling) draw tens of thousands of visitors in October.

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