We custom make our Cederberg itineraries for private guiding, but here are some options to consider or start from:
Southern Cederberg traverse
5 days - classic trek
The Southern Cederberg Traverse is a true wilderness mountaineering experience that takes in the two highest peaks in the Cederberg Range. Average fitness is required and some rock scrambling will be encountered. During winter temperatures can drop well below freezing and very wet weather can be encountered with snow and ice always a possibility.
Day 1 (4 - 5 hours hiking)
Departing early from Cape Town we follow the N7 via the Piekenierskloof Pass and the towns of Malmesbury, Piketberg and Citrusdal to arrive in the Cederberg Wilderness Area by late morning. We hike up to the Sneeuberg Hut via the imposing Maltese Cross which is found looming 30m high out from the valley floor along the way. The night is spent at the rustic hut either sleeping in the hut, under the stars or in a tent nearby. Water for drinking and cooking is available close to the hut.
Day 2 (5 - 6 hours hiking)
We leave the heavy packs behind and hike up to the top of the Sneeuberg and climb the summit blocks to reach the highest point in the Cederberg Range at an altitude of 2026m. The spectacular view from the summit is well worth the effort and one can often see all the way to Table Mountain approximately 300km away. Hiking back down the mountain we keep a look-out for the rare Snow Protea and enjoy a great view of Tafelberg, our next objective. The night is spent at the hut again.
Day 3 (7 - 8 hours hiking)
From the Sneeuberg Hut we hike down a historical pass on our way to Welbedacht Forrest Station. Along the way we have a look at an old leopard trap which was used in years gone by to catch these magnificent animals. This, of course, is no longer allowed and today farmers and conservationists alike work hard to re-establish the leopard in the Cederberg. We cross the valley floor towards Tafelberg and following a crystal clear mountain stream we ascend to Welbedacht Cave for the night.
Day 4 (5-6 hours hiking)
From the cave we cross Die Trap (meaning “The Step”) shale band and ascend to Spout Cave. We leave our packs at the cave and scramble to the summit of Tafelberg at 1968m. On top there is a multitude of incredible rock formations to be explored including the famous “flying saucer”. There is plenty of opportunity for stunning panoramic photographs before we return to spout cave for the night.
Day 5 (3-4 hours hiking)
Today it’s all downhill as we descend back past Welbedacht Cave to end our hike at a crystal clear river for a final swim or wash before we return to Cape Town for the afternoon or continue onwards on an exciting add-on adventure.
3 days - lodge based trek
The Wolfberg Adventure offers an ideal first experience of the Cederberg with a taste of various activities and seeing some of the best known features of the range. We stay in fully equipped mountain chalets with hot & cold running water, full ablutions and electricity.
Departing early from Cape Town we follow the N7 via the Piekenierskloof Pass and the towns of Malmesbury, Piketberg and Citrusdal to arrive in the Cederberg Wilderness Area by late morning. We make ourselves at home in lovely mountain chalets on the banks of the Driehoek River on the farm Dwarsrivier. We spend the afternoon swimming at Maalgat (”whirlpool”), exploring the area and relaxing. Abseiling and Single-Pitch Rock Climbing can also be enjoyed close to the campsite. Watch the orange and red of the sandstone cliffs as the sun set and enjoy a traditional South African meal around the fire.
Day 2 (7 - 8 hours hiking)
Taking only what we need for the day we hike up the Wolfberg via Gabriel’s Pass, crossing the sandy plato to reach the impressive Wolfberg Arch (a natural, freestanding, 30m high sandstone arch!). Continue along the footpath on the plato to the Wolfberg Cracks. Exploring the amazing network of narrow passages and chimneys we follow the cracks down into the alluring Valley of the Red Gods and then steeply down back to the chalets.
Today we spend the morning exploring the historical and impressive Stadsaal (meaning “City Hall”) Caves and looking at the ancient San (”Bushman”) Rock Art. We make time for some wine tasting, at the cellar with the highest vineyards in Africa, before we head back to Cape Town in the afternoon.
Cederberg trekking trips are run as private guiding for one or more people with a custom itinerary so please contact us to discuss.
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