Heavy rain falls mainly in winter and sometimes in summer. Snow is possible from May to September. It can be very hot and dry in summer, so carry plenty of water if you’re hiking.
The Cederberg is a wilderness area with some fantastic indigenous cedar forests, San rock paintings, magical waterfalls and bizarre rock formations. In winter, you'll find snow capped peaks and in summer you'll trade your soul for an ice cube.
The magnificent mountains of the Cederberg are coloured in shades of ochre and red and weathered by extremes of sun and cold. Extraordinary rock formations reach up to the sky and shy klipspringers, barking baboons and mysterious leopards haunt the heights. Hikers and rock climbers will be in seventh heaven - experience the wilderness, smell the fynbos*, get naked in a rock pool and be alone. Access to the Cederberg is from either Citrusdal, Clanwilliam or via the spectacular dirt road from Ceres. (Motorbike riders will love this one.) In the area there are several camping grounds, a couple of backpackers, some excellent rock climbing and miles of hikes. Rising to over 2000m at the Sneeuberg and stretching for 100km, the Cederberg is spectacularly beautiful, a gallery of natural rock sculptures, home to San paintings, rare plants and many small game species. Well known trails lead to spectacular rock formations like the Maltese cross, the Wolfberg cracks and the Wolfberg arch, but you can also go off and be an intrepid explorer. Get a map and head out into the wilderness. There are small populations of baboon, rhebok, klipspringer, grysbok, and predators like caracal, cape fox, honey badger and rarely seen leopard. Birds include sugarbirds, sunbirds, the Cape canary and francolin. The Cederberg comes alive in winter when the fynbos begins flowering after the first rains. Vegetation includes plentiful fynbos, the Clanwilliam cedar and the rare snow protea, which grows above the snow line. From May to September the weather is cooler and it’s a good time for hiking and other outdoor activities. There is less rain than in Cape Town, days are warm and sunny and nights cold.
*Fynbos - a specific type of indigenous vegetation.
Places to Stay
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Fly with the birds.
An eclectic mix of tropical village lifestyle and flavour-full cuisine
A - framed huts await your coming.
Nothando is situated in the centre of Plettenberg Bay and is a five star backpackers.
(Plettenberg Bay,Garden Route)
Valley View is a bright, fun and funky backpackers in Graskop.
Join an expedition to encounter Great White Sharks off the Gansbaai coastline and come face-to-face with Jaws yourself.
See Soweto the eco-friendly, local way.
Give your soul time and space to breathe.
(Montagu Western Cape,Overberg )
Go adventuring in the Wilderness - abseil, kloof or canoe.
Stay in a traditional cottage, hike, explore, and chill.