Just 200km from Cape Town, the Cederberg Wilderness Area is a destination to please everyone. Whether you love hiking and mountain biking or you’re a culture vulture, even if you simply like to chill with a glass of wine and watch the play of light on the mountains as the clouds whizz by, there’s something here to make your day. Here are 15 things to do there.
2. Mountain biking
Go stargazing at the Cederberg Observatory 2km from Dwarsrivier for slide shows and a chance to look through telescopes. A two-hour show starts at 20:00 every Saturday evening, weather permitting, except weekends closest to full moon. Or just lie back and enjoy the night sky in an area where there’s little light or air pollution.
5. Game viewing
See if you can spot the mammals of the Cederberg like grey rhebok, klipspringer, baboon and dassie, or even a leopard.
Look out for raptors like Verreaux’s eagle, jackal buzzard and rock kestrel, or many smaller species like Diederik and Klaas’s cuckoo.
8. Stadsaal Caves
9. Rock art
10. Wine tasting
11. Craft brewery
14. Cottages at Algeria
If you stay at Kliphuis (cottages and campsite) on the Pakhuis Pass it’s only about a 90-min drive on a gravel road to visit the photogenic mission village of Wuppertal, originally founded in 1830.
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