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Robby's West Coast Trip - Cederberg

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ITINERARY
Start Cape Town International Airport
Day 1.2 120km to Tulbagh
Day 3.4.5 120km to the central Cederberg
Day 6.7.8 110km to the north eastern Cederberg
Day 9.10.11 160km to Elands Bay
Day 12.13 80km to Paternoster
End 160km to Cape Town International Airport 
Total driving distance: approximately 750km, excluding sightseeing detours. Large sections of this journey are driven on gravel roads, and the Cederberg, in particular, demands a reasonably robust vehicle, like an SUV, with relatively high ground clearance. The gravel roads on the coastal plain won’t pose any problems.

 

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ITINERARY 

  • Day 1 & 2

DAY 1.2. AIRPORT TO TULBAGH
120km - approximately 1.5 hours without stops or detours

 

From the airport, you head straight towards the Cape mountains. Landing on our wild shores centuries ago, these behemoths stared down imposingly at the first waves of European immigrants, and kept them on the plains. As the population grew, and the explorer's itch with it, they ventured beyond this rocky barrier, and then found themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place – namely, the tortured rock of the Cederberg, and the inhospitably arid Karoo plains. To appreciate the trepidation they must have felt, we suggest spending a few nights in the Cape mountains, enjoying the fine dining and sophisticated wines that flourish in the shadow of their greeen slopes. As imposing as these mountains seem initially, the Cederberg will soon change your perspective!

Tulbagh is the most civilised town you're going to see on this trip until the very end, but even so it is a small farming town so we'd recommend planning ahead and buying creature comforts in Wellington. Once you arrive, be sure to check out all the historic attractions in town – Tulbagh has one of the highest concentrations of monuments in the country.

Check the Destination Guide for activities and attractions (our personal favourites are in the To do & see tab above).

STAY AT EIKELAAN FARM COTTAGES FOR 2 NIGHTS
Main option | Self catering | Bed and breakfast | Full board

 

Situated 5km from the historic town of Tulbagh on a working farm, Eikelaan offers you the opportunity to break away for a totally relaxing stay in these scenic surroundings, while the kids enjoy the large play area and the farm life. The three fully equipped, spotlessly clean, self-catering cottages offer spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and mountains. They have been designed to provide guests with maximum comfort during their stay. Double doors lead out from each cottage onto a large pergola covered patio, from which one can enjoy sundowners while watching magnificent sunsets. The snow covered mountains are a great attraction in winter.

DAY 3.4. TULBAGH TO THE CENTRAL CEDERBERG
120km - approximately 2.5 hours without stops or detours

 

Once in the Cederberg proper, the mountains grow fiercely towards the sky, and their boulder-strewn slopes are as inhospitable as they are beautiful. Mountain bikers, climbers and hikers delight in this terrain, and there is a wealth of outdoors activities to pursue. The most well known of the hikes include the Maltese Cross trail (7km and suitable for children), the Pakhuis Pass to Heuningvlei trail (12km and also suitable for children), the more difficult Wolfberg Arch trail (13km) and the even tougher Tafelberg and Spout Cave Trail (14km).

If the more active pursuits are not your thing, you can simply drive around and enjoy the splendour of the landscape, or try a wine tasting. In the hotter months, there should be a rockpool nearby that you can lounge in while soaking in some sun.

Check the Destination Guide for activities and attractions (our personal favourites are in the To do & see tab above).

STAY AT MOUNT CEDER FOR 2 NIGHTS
Main option | Self catering | Bed and breakfast | Full board

 

Set in a valley surrounded by arrestingly dramatic mountains, Mount Ceder offers a variety of accommodation options, a choice of self-catering or homestyle cuisine from the Old Mill Restaurant, and the freedom to do exactly as you please. It is a lovely destination in a great wilderness area, with a river running through it, majestic views, amazing Spring flowers, and rugged hikes – perfect for the young and not-so-young. How you enjoy the beauty of Mount Ceder is up to you: walk in the mountains with no one around, enjoy clambering over the unique rock formations, hire a canoe, swim in the perennial river with the kids, marvel at the delicate Bushman rock art... Of course, you could simply relax and enjoy the exhilarating peace of this unspoilt paradise from the comfort of your cottage.

DAY 5.6.7. THE CENTRAL TO THE NORTH EASTERN CEDERBERG
110km - approximately 2 hours without stops or detours

 

The next leg of the trip takes you past the little hamlet of Wuppertal, and a stopover here is highly recommended. The general area around Wuppertal is somewhat dryer than other Cederberg destinations, but the town itself is green and lovely. Its founders, the Rhenish missionaries, Theobald von Wurmb and Johan Gottlieb Leipoldt (grandfather of poet C. Louis Leipoldt), named it after the Wupper River in Germany, in 1830. It attracted many freed slaves after 1838, and in 1865 it was absorbed into the Moravian Church. It remains a Moravian mission and is mostly unchanged, with an old thatched church (1834), a shop, tearoom, post office, school (1842), community hall, and a few rows of neat thatched white cottages.

Your destination for this leg is truly 'off the map', allowing you to unwind completely in the tranquility of this desolate and remote region. Nearby, there are a number of hiking trails and rock art trails. It is particularly worth visiting the rock at sites at Sevilla and Salmanslaagte (collectively know as Traveller’s Rest). Consult the 'To do and see' tab for details.

Another idea is to pop out just past Clanwilliam to Elandsberg Eco Tourism for their Rooibos Tea Safari (they also offer Fynbos Safaris). This hardy bush holds considerable economic value for the region, and makes a world-renowned tea... and, more recently, a very interesting take on the classic cappucino.

Check the Destination Guide for activities and attractions (our personal favourites are in the To do & see tab above).

STAY AT DE PAKHUYS FOR 3 NIGHTS
Main option | Self catering | Bed and breakfast | Full board

Central to all Rocklands climbing areas, nestled in the picturesque Agter-Pakhuis Valley, 26 km from Clanwilliam en route to the historic Wupperthal village, you will find the beautiful de Pakhuys Farm. Rocklands is an ancient natural labyrinth of sandstone boulders, towers and crags, making it an internationally renowned rock climbing destination. The climbing area at de Pakhuys was originally developed in 2005 and offers a huge range and variety of bouldering for climbers, while non-climbers will marvel at the incredible shapes carved by the elements in this silent landscape. The fully-equipped self-catering chalets are situated in lush gardens and boast beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.