Cederberg – Dwarsrivier Trails

 

The Cederberg Wilderness District is a vast area stretching roughly 400 km South to North and varying from 50km to 200km West to East. There are numerous hiking routes that very often link up with each other, stretching over the entire terrain, some of which are on private land and some of which are reserve territory, managed by Cape Nature. Two of the most popular trails are the Wolfberg Cracks & Arch Trail and the Maltese Cross Trail, both defined by the awe inspiring rock formations that give the trails their names. For this reason we base ourselves at one of the resorts in the area – Sanddrif or Kromrivier – and take day walks out onto these trail as well as one or two other options, including visits to rock art paintings in the area. It is possible to spent a few weeks exploring the area, but the trails are usually limited to three or four days.

Trail Details

Trail location

Cederberg Wilderness – Dwarsrivier

Nearest towns

Citrusdal and Clanwilliam

Transport options

Local transport options: Away from any transport hub. Robust private transport or by arrangement

Trip Duration / Options

Option 1. Minimum – 3 days / 3 nights
Option 2. Additional days hiking and touring, by individual arrangement
Option 3. Refer to Cederberg Heritage Route

Start / Finish

Start: Trail accommodation hub at Sanddrif GPS: 32˚48'77.98 S / 19˚26'98.94 E

or Kromrivier GPS: 32˚53'64.96 S / 19˚28'06.18 E

Finish: As above

Daily Time / Distances

Day 1: Maltese Cross – 8km;
Day 2: Wolfberg Cracks & Arch – 20km;
Day 3: Disa River – 12 km

Optional extras: Sneeuberg 12 to 14 km; Stadsaal – viewing sight; Treitjieskraal – Rock Art 2 km; Savilla Rock Art Trail – 4 km

Trail Grading

Based on a grading of Easy – Moderate – Strenuous.

Days 1 & 3 would be moderate, with Day 2 being strenuous. The paths are well established but not always clear. Rocky and uneven underfoot in places with some easy scrambling. Some exposure in places with a tricky scramble in one of 'cracks'. Alternative routes available.

Physical Fitness

A high degree of overall and hiking fitness required

Technical detail / Terrain

On path, steep terrain in places, limited exposure, limited easy scrambling. Short section requires wriggling under a chock stone in a confined space.

Mountain terrain with short steep sections, well defined natural rock path with some loose stones and uneven surfaces underfoot

Accommodation

3 Night – comfortable chalets with bedding and towels provided.

Food Supply / Catering

This is a fully catered trail with lunch packs both days, dinner, breakfast and hot beverages supplied. Cold beverages / drinks for own account.

Logistic support / Guiding

All overnight luggage is transported – day packs only
The trail is guided by a fully trained, accredited mountain guide with experience of the area.

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Highlights

The Cederberg Wilderness area is known for its remoteness, winding mountain passes with magnificent views, diverse flora and amazing rock formations.

Other Activities

Wine & beer tasting; rock art visits

Fauna & Flora

The core of the 'fynbos' biome and part of the Cape Floristic Region World Heritage Site. Mostly nocturnal and shy small animals, occasional small antelope and rock hyrax. Lizards and agamas with a scattering of birdlife, including occasional sighting of raptors.

Climate

The Cederberg as part of the Western Cape is located in a Mediterranean climate with winter rainfall. Summer can be hot (up to 35 degrees) and winter can be very cold with snow on the higher peaks and even occasionally further down. Spring and Autumn are moderate and the best hiking season although good winter days can be quite warm and summer temperatures are seldom high for long periods. Hiking is only recommended with caution, during the hottest summer months of December, January & February.

Seasonality & Best Time Year

Spring and Autumn are moderate and the best hiking season although good winter days can be quite warm and summer temperatures are seldom high for long periods. Hiking is possible all year round but with caution that the hottest days that usually occur between December and February, it is not recommended

Group Size

Minimum 6 persons – recommended maximum 10 persons although larger groups can be accommodated.

Price P/P

4 days / 3 night
From approximately R7000 pp – minimum group 6 people (excluding transport from Cape Town or agreed meeting place – this can add substantially to the cost)

Price review date: 1 November annually

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Price Includes

  • All permits for hikes and activities in the Cederberg
  • 3 nights Accommodation
  • All Meals: Dinner, Breakfast & Packed lunch on hike days
  • Qualified Mountain & Hiking Guide
  • Luggage Transfers & Vehicle Support within the Cederberg

Optional Extras: 
Wine tasting

Transport from accommodation in Cape Town or local town and return after the hike.

Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (order in advance or no charge to bring your own)

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