Untamed and craggy, the Cederberg Wilderness Area is just 200km north of Cape Town – a perfect short break that feels a million miles from city life. Here mountains dominate the horizons and you can let your imagination run riot among the jagged sandstone formations. We visited to explore and to stay in CapeNature’s new cottages at Algeria.
We hadn’t been to Algeria for years. Now there was a fancy new reception building and new cottages, but the campsite remained much as we remembered it, with its grassy sites, its footbridge over the river and its low water bridge for cars to drive over.
Our cottage was pretty and well-designed, with everything we could possibly need – fabulous mountain views, a river rushing past in front of the deck, a large and well-equipped granite-topped kitchen, main bedroom with double bed and second bedroom with twin beds, both with a view out towards the river and mountains.
Rainy day chilling
Aware of this winter wet-season lottery, CapeNature was running a 40%-off winter special from May to the end of August – on all its accommodation and camping around the Cape. It’s a clever strategy; it gets bums in beds and, if we’re anything to judge by, it inspires people to plan a return trip sometime soon.
We didn’t even care that it was raining, scuppering any plans for a walk to the waterfall. We’d had a busy week and the cottage was so inviting and comfy we simply tucked in for the day with a good book. We made a fire in the little fireplace and soon the place was toasty warm. We had hot chocolate. We had red wine. Walking and exploring could wait until tomorrow.
The next day was clear and we jammed in two days’ worth of exploring into one - read about it here: 15 things to do in the Cederberg.
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