Cederberg Wilderness Area

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40km from Citrusdal

-32.3942, 19.085

 

+27 27 482 2403/4

About

The Cederberg Wilderness Area lies 200km north of Cape Town, stretching from Citrusdal to Clanwilliam and encompassing 71 000 ha of rugged, mountainous terrain. Renowned for its spectacular landscapes, as well as its namesake, the increasingly rare Clanwilliam cedar tree, the Cederberg has grown into a popular destination for hikers and rock-climbers.

The Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve within the Wilderness Area boasts the famous Stadsaal rock formations and excellent examples of San rock art varying in age between 300 and 6 000 years. Part of the Cape Fold Belt, the Cederberg Wilderness Area consists mainly of Table Mountain sandstone, and encompasses mountain fynbos and lowland succulent Karoo vegetation at Matjiesrivier, and central mountain Renosterveld on the reserve’s western slopes. The attractive endemic snow protea grows on high peaks.

More than 100 bird species occur here, including Verreaux’s eagles, rock kestrels and jackal buzzards. The armadillo lizard is endemic to the area and berg adder, puff adder and black spitting cobra are commonly seen. Baboon, rock hyrax (dassie), grey rhebok, klipspringer, duiker, grysbok, small grey mongoose and striped polecat are fairly common while porcupine, honey badger, Cape clawless otter, aardvark, and leopard occur but are seldom seen. Smaller predators include African wild cat, lynx, bat-eared fox, aardwolf and Cape fox. Winters in the Cederberg are cold.

Night temperatures drop sharply causing heavy frost, and it often snows in the higher parts. Summers are warm and dry with temperatures reaching as high as 40°C. The Algeria campsite is situated along the banks of the Rondegat River and has 48 camping sites and seven chalets ranging from fully-equipped to comfortable, basic accommodation. The Kliphuis campsite has 10 camping spots under shady trees along the Kliphuis River. Groups are limited and visitors are urged to book well in advance.

Accommodation

  • 7 cottages, sleeps 4-8 people each
  • 2 campgrounds; 48 and 10 campsites respectively