- Western Cape
- Cederberg Wilderness Area
Cederberg Wilderness Area, Western Cape
The Cederberg Wilderness area is located 250 km north of Cape Town and consists of 71 000 ha of rugged mountainous terrain. The Wilderness was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritige site in 1973 and received World Heritage Site status in 2004 as part of the Cape Floral Region. This area when included with the Cederberg Conservancy that is found inside the borders of the Cederberg Wilderness, increases in size to 170 000 hectares. These 22 conservancies are privately owned land (mostly farmers) who have undertaken to keep the areas in their natural state and protect the fauna and flora. Three of these conservancies are the Cederberg Conservancy, Pakhuis Conservancy and the Nardouwsberg Conservancy.
The area was named after the rare tree called "Widdringtonia cedarbergensis" and is well known for its remarkable sandstone formations, ancient rock art and unspoilt terrain. The Cederberg Wilderness area is popular with seasoned hikers as it has 300 km of well looked after hiking and mountain biking trails in pristine, rugged mountains.
The Cederberg Wilderness is home to the largest variety of wild flowers in the world, with many of them found only in this region and mountain fynbos making up most of the plant species in the area including;
- Laurel Protea
- Red Disa
- Snow Protea
- Rooibos - a herbal tea
- African Wild Cat, Bat-Eared Fox and Cape Fox
- Cape Clawless Otter and Aardvark
- Cape Mountain Leopard is fairly common but very shy
- Duiker and Rock Dassies
- Klipspinger and grey Rhebok
- Porcupine and Honey-Badgers
There are no shops or fuel available in the Wilderness area so visitors are advised to take all the supplies they need for their trip including a full tank of fuel. There are some farm stalls in Clanwilliam on the N7 and a coffee shop in Wuppertal but it is closed over the weekend. The nearest town is Clanwilliam, 30 kilometres from the Algeria Camp site and 10 kilometres form Kliphuis Camp site. New cottages are being built at the moment and should be completed by 2015.
Algeria Camp Site
Permits for the Cederberg Wildness area are available a this camp site as well as tourist information and trail maps. Please consult website for more detailed information.
- 48 sites along Rondegat River - with power-points and warm water
- 7 self-catering fully equipped units with bedding
Kliphuis Camp Site
This camp forms part of the flower route and has:
- 10 Camping sites - no electricity
- 5 Cottages - with solar lights, gas stoves and geysers
Garskraal and Rietdak Camp Sites
These sites have electricity.
- Bird watching
- Day hikes
- Mountain biking
- Overnight hikes
- Rock art
- Seasonal flowers
Please consult their website.
Monday to Fridays, 07h00 - 16h00
Contact detailsCape Nature
P O Box 356
Tel: +27 861 2273 628 873
Fax: +27 21 483 0190
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