Cederberg Wilderness Area

Only two hours from Cape Town, this rugged mountain terrain is branded with sandstone formations, spectacular landscapes and the Clanwilliam Cedar tree (its namesake). The 71,000ha are perfect for hikers and mountaineers, while the less active can view one of the many caves with rock art as old as 6,000 years.

Don’t miss

In just over an hour on foot from the Algeria campsite, you will be amazed by the perennial waterfall and rock pools in the gorge where endemic disas and other fascinating flora occur.

Main attractions

  • Hiking and mountaineering
  • Rock art
  • Wilderness area
  • Spectacular landscape and rock formations including the Wolfberg Arch and Maltese Cross

This wild bundle of tortured rock holds the most beautiful secret valleys and shale bands.

– Liesl Ravenscroft, Wild 31

Activities:

  • Short and long hikes
  • Multi-day hikes
  • Rock climbing
  • Donkey cart adventures
  • Picnicking
  • Birding

Top sightings: Clanwilliam cedar tree, silky conebush, the scarce snow protea (highest peaks only), klipspringer, honey badger, Cape clawless otter, Cape leopard, bat-eared fox, jackal buzzard, Verreaux’s eagle.

Accommodation: Camping, cottages

Gate times: Weekdays 07:30 – 20:00, weekends and school holidays 07:30 – 21:00.

Nearest centre: Citrusdal is 40km away (about half an hour).

Know before you go

  • Fuel and supplies are available in the nearby towns of Citrusdal and Clanwilliam.
  • There are alternative routes to the Algeria rest camp via Citrusdal and Clanwilliam as the bridge crossing the Olifants River at Kriedouwkrans (between Citrusdal and Clanwilliam) sometimes floods during winter.
  • Visitors are advised to contact the reserve for a road condition report before departing.

Contact reserve: +27 (0)27 482 2403

CapeNature Central Reservations: +27 (0)21 483 0190, [email protected]

Visit Cederberg Wilderness Area’s home page.