The Cedarberg mountain range, 200 km north of Cape Town, stretches for an approximate 100 km in length. The highest peaks are about 2000 metres. Of special interest are the many weathered sandstone formations, which create a spectacular stage for a sunset.
The vegetation of the Cedarberg mountains consists mainly of fynbos, however, as a result of ruinous exploitation, there are only very few of the original Clanwilliam cedar trees left.
Between the small towns of Citrusdal and Clanwilliam lies the Cedarberg Wilderness Area, an approximately 70,000 ha nature reserve. The centre of this area is the Algeria Forest Station with its idyllic campground. There are wonderful walking trails in the surrounding areas and even up to the mountain tops of the Cedarberg. For the very fit, there is the steep five hour long hike up to the famous Wolfsberg Arch.
The best months of the year for outdoor sport activities are March, April, September and October. The summer months are not recommended because of the extreme heat, and the winter months from May to August are rainy and unpleasantly cold. In higher regions snow can even be expected.
Top: Fynbos in the Cedarberg Mountain Range. Left: Wolfsberg Arch. Right: Evening mood.
Travel information and accommodation in the Cederberg region on the blue INFO page.