Only two hours away from Cape Town … and what an adventure!!!
The Cederberg is one of the most interesting places that you would not want to miss out on!
The contrast of the Magnificent rugged Mountains, to the magical cool water pools and gently meandering rivers to the fragile beauty of the Namaqualand daisy and all her indigenous cousins, coupled with the friendly people of this place, is somewhere you would want to return to over and over again.
There is place for the adventurer to experience not only the wonderful Hiking and Mountain Biking trails but also to experience the “Fufi slide” (zip line) as it is known to the locals.
This is a 1.4 km series of zip lines, the longest in South Africa.
Sometimes as high as 40 meters above the ground, allowing you the most breath taking views of the town of Ceres and the Ceres Valley!
Also waiting for you is Rock Climbing in Bobbejaankop (translated: the Head of the Baboon) amongst others, not always for the faint-hearted!
The Sport Enthusiast will find one of the Western Capes best 9 hole golf courses situated on the Olifants River (‘Elephants’ River) with spectacular views all around of the majestic Cederberg Mountains.
Fresh Water Angling also might entice you where the Clanwilliam Yellow Fish, the Rooivlerkie (red wing) and the Klipbaber (pebble baby) can be found and these species you will not see anywhere else in the world!
Armed with your Permits, which must be obtained from Cape Nature Conservation to protect this fragile ecosystem, this could be one of the most peaceful fishing experiences of your life.
Rock Art of the Ancient San people tell their stories in the caves of the valleys and these can be explored with well-informed guides to explain them.
August and September will also take your breath away with Nature’s wonderful display of colour when the Wild flowers raise their heads to greet the Spring Sun.
The photographs you will take back with you will remind you always of the spectacular show of Earth’s natural adornments.
Sandveldhuisie (the ‘cottage in the sand wilderness’) would be one of those places that you could break your day.
A quaint replica of a pioneer cottage where coffee is always on tap, with home made preserves and delicious local cuisine and deli to wet the appetite.
Interesting gifts to buy to for those at home!
One of the places I just must mention among all the mix of places to stay, from self-catering to the more sophisticated type of living, would be the Tree Tops on the banks of the Olifants River.
A romantic cluster of cabins on stilts set up in a leafy forest where Nature lovers, bird watchers, fisher-folk, hikers and mountain bikers can experience a very different place to stay.
With the weather in the Cederberg being mostly hot all year around and only the very cold Winter’s nights to be prepared for, there will be nothing holding you back to experience all this.
A place to come back to over and over again …
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