Cederberg Wilderness Area

The Cederberg Wilderness Area, which derives its name from the rare and once near-extinct Clan william cedar tree, is a vast area characterized by a rugged and stunning mountain range.


This stark and fascinating landscape with it’s amazing rock formations, waterfalls, crystal clear streams and rock pools, caverns, overhangs, peaks and ravines was once home to the San (Bushmen) and Khoi people and there are now many wonderful sites where one can view their unique rock art.

Wildlife is prolific and comprises some 30 mammal species such as klipspringer, grey rhebok, steenbok, grysbok, leopard, wild cat, caracal, bat-eared fox and baboon. Bird-watchers are spoilt for choice with sunbirds, orange crested sugarbirds, bee eaters and a number of raptors, including the black eagle, jackal buzzard, black sparrowhawk and rock kestrel filling the skies.

The natural attributes of the Cederberg are so diverse in form and structure, that any nature lover, hiker or mountaineer will find its opportunities and challenges difficult to exhaust. The area is traversed by a number of dirt top roads and an extensive network (254 km) of unmarked, well maintained, footpaths are laid out.

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