Cederberg 100

 

As the name suggests, this is 100km trek acrosss the Cederberg Wilderness area and the flagship trail of the Cederberg Heritage Route.  Spectacular rock fomations, interesting rock art, warm hearted communities and comfortable accommodation wait to welcome you. While the walking may be tough at times, it is an experience that will remain with you life long. Guided by local community guides you will visit sights well know in the area, the Eselbank Waterfall, the Ereboog rock formation and Wolfberg Arch. There are swimming opportunities on three of the days, providing refreshing relief from the trail.

Trail Details

Trail location

The trail starts in the Northern Cederberg on the Pakhuis Pass and crosses into the Central Wilderness area to Driehoek Tourist Farm.

Nearest city

Nearest town to start:  Clanwilliam – group assembly point
Nearest town to finish: Clanwilliam

Transport options

Away from regular transport hub. Self-drive or group shuttle arrangements to Clanwilliam assembly. Transport from Clanwilliam to the start of the trail on the Pakhuis Pass is included in the cost.

Trip Duration / Options

Option 1: 9 days, 8 nights – 7 days of hiking

Start / Finish

Start: Pakhuis Pass – GPS: 32 13'46.42 S / 19 00'81.35 E
(groups meet in Clanwilliam: 32 18'04.39 S / 18 89'41.20 E –  on the first day.)

Finish: Driehoek Tourist Farm – GPS: 33 44'24.36 S / 19 18'98.51 E
(transport back to Clanwilliam)

Daily Time / Distances

Day 1:  0 km – arrive  Day 2:  17 km path (Rating 3B)  Day 3: about 13 km (Rating 3B) Day 4: 15 to 16 km (Rating 3B)  Day 5:  about 13 km (Rating 3B)  Day 6:  about 10 to 14 km, if hiking to the Eselbank Waterfall and Ereboog as well  (Rating 3B) Day 7:  about 11km (Rating 3B) Day 8:  about 13 to 16 km (Rating 3B), if hiking to the Wolfberg Arch Day 9 – 0 km – depart   

Day 1:  0 hour  Day 2:  7 to 9 hours including breakfast and lunch stops  Day 3: 6 to 8 hours including breakfast and lunch stops Day 4:  6 to 8 hours including lunch and swimming stops  Day 5:  6 to 7 hours including lunch and swimming stops  Day 6:  6 to 8 hours including lunch and swimming stops and hiking to Eselbank Waterfall and Ereboog  Day 7:  6 to 7 hours including lunch stop  Day 8: 6 to 8 hours including lunch stop    Day 9:  0 hour   

Trail Grading

On a grading of Easy – Moderate – Strenuous

Strenuous. This is a strenuous hike with some steep terrain and distances of up to 17 km in the day. The hiking terrain is not difficult but there are some long uphill treks.

Physical Fitness

A high level of hiking fitness required. Recommend regular long hikes in preparation, some steep downhill hiking a week or so prior to doing the trail.

Technical detail / Terrain

Most of the hiking and walking is not very severe, though the paths are usually stony and uneven and occasionally the route goes through the veld with no path. The trail is challenging in places with some steep terrain and loose stones. There are numerous streams and rivers to be crossed, which may involve taking off shoes and socks and wading. No technical exposure.

Accommodation

3 nights (the first two and last night) at a 4* guesthouse, 1 night backpackers guest lodge consisting of four rooms, 3 nights at homesteads vary from two to four bedrooms, 1 night in either tents or a homestead. Bedding and towels are provided.  There is electricity at all the places.

Food Supply / Catering

All meals are including from dinner on the first day till breakfast on the last day, except for your stay at Brugkraal Homestead, where you will be staying on the fourth night.  There you will have to bring and prepare a dinner, breakfast and packed lunch.  You can also bring cool drinks or alcoholic beverages and snacks.

Logistic support / Guiding

All overnight luggage is transported – day packs only.

Most of the guides are local community members that know the area very well, known as trail escorts. The trail is guided by fully trained, accredited mountain guides in places.

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Highlights

Meeting and enjoying the local communities' hospitality.  Hiking through unspoiled rugged wilderness, mountainous area.  Some rock art and hiking to rock formations, like the famous Wolfberg Arch.  Swimming opportunities during some of the day hikes in swimming holes.

Other Activities

You won't have energy for anything else, although there may be opportunity to visit a rock art site.

Fauna & Flora

The Cederberg is at the core of the 'fynbos' biome and part of the Cape Floristic Region World Heritage Site. The majority of the route would be defined as Mountain Fynbos, although it is semi-dessert Nama Karoo near the start at the Pakhuis Pass. Unique to the area is the endangered Clanwilliam Ceder, which can be be seen individually and in small pockets. Mostly nocturnal and shy small animals, occasional small antelope and rock hyrax. Lizards and agamas are common as well as baboons, dassies, grey rhebok, klipspringers, duiker and grysbok. Porcupine, honeybadger, Cape clawless otter and aardvark also occur although they are seldom seen. The leopard is the Cederberg's largest predator and is fairly common although very shy. Smaller predators include African wild cat, caracal, bat-eared fox, aardwolf and Cape fox. More than 100 bird species occur here, with black eagle, rock kestrel and jackal buzzard being the most common raptors.

Climate

The Cederberg is in a winter (June to August), rainfall region, rain usually coming in short sharp burst. In clear weather day temperatures are pleasant, 20 – 24°C, but the early mornings and evenings are cold. Rivers can flood and occasional snow is experience. The region is classified as semi-arid region, with hot, dry summers.  

Seasonality & Best Time Year

Spring (September to November) and autumn (April and May) are better for hiking, when day temperatures are warm to hot, 24 – 30°C, with cool to mild evenings. Generally, hiking is possible all year round, with caution around the possibility of flooded river during winter and in extreme heat at peak summer.  The best time of the year, is during the wild flower season (mid-August to mid-September), with moderate temperatures and spectacular displays.

Group Size

Minimum 1 person – maximum 8 persons (recommended group size:  4 to 6 persons)

Price P/P

8 Night Cederberg 100 km Walk Trail
Per person price (6 pax)  ZAR9 675 per person sharing
Per person price (4 pax)  ZAR11 000 per person sharing
Per person price (2 pax)  ZAR15 850 per person sharing
Price review date: 1 March annually

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Price Includes

  • Accommodation and meals as specified in the itinerary (Full Board – except at Brugkraal Homestead = excluding a dinner, breakfast and packed lunch)
  • Tea, coffee, milk and sugar at all the overnight places
  • Road Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a local community guide for all the hikes
  • Transport of luggage between overnight stops
  • Permits of day hikes in the CapeNature wilderness area

Optional Extras:

Transport to/from Clanwilliam (quoted extra on request)

Travel insurance

Dinner, breakfast and packed lunch at Brugkraal Homestead

Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (no charge to bring your own)

Wood at community homesteads (during the winter), curios, local products e.g. rooibos tea, crafts

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