The raw, rugged beauty of the Cederberg

A mere 2hr drive from Cape Town, the Cederberg region is in stark contrast to the landscape of the mother city: wilder and warmer with rugged appeal. Spring carries the scent of citrus in the air while the Cederberg mountains tower above valleys of fruit orchards. Each season brings a change of colour to the landscape while the Namaqualand’s crowning glory is on display from August when yellow, white, orange and purple hues burst from the earth.

The 100km long sandstone mountain range not only offers solitude but the adventure as well. Hike, bike or climb your way to its peaks, marvel at the San rock art by day or spend a night beneath the star-streaked sky. Dive into the bottomless pool of Malaga, enjoy a leisurely canoe down the river surrounded by rock formations and indigenous flora or relax with a fishing rod in hand.

Klipspringers, grey rhebok, duiker and dassies can regularly be seen wandering the area whereas a keen eye (and a bit of luck) will be needed to spot porcupine, Cape clawless otter and Cape leopard. Among the abundant flora, there are flower species endemic to the Cederberg such as the Snow Protea, pink Cyanella and Clanwilliam Cedar tree after which the area is named.



  • Sporting activities in the Cederberg range from hiking, mountain biking, horse riding and rock climbing to water-skiing, jet-skiing, canoeing, swimming and fishing
  • Carpets of flowers decorate the landscape all year round with every season bringing different colours to the region. Guided flower safaris are popular while the annual Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show takes place in August
  • The Cederberg is home to flower species that can’t be found anywhere else in the world such as the rocket pincushion flower, Snow Protea, pink Cyanella and the Clanwilliam Cedar tree
  • There are numerous San rock art sites to visit

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