October 13, 2014

The glorious and vast Cederberg, Western Cape

Cederberg
The open road to the Cederberg. Red rock synonymous with the region
Visiting the Cape is not always about the beautiful white sand beaches and the glorious ocean views. It is also highly recommended that you experience the beautiful Cederberg.

The undulating mountain passes, the sheer rock faces, the unspoilt nature. Accommodation ranging from self-catering and pet friendly accommodation to timeshare resorts and 5* luxury retreats. They are all available here in the Cederberg. Well-appointed and spread out, whichever retreat you choose, you will feel like you are the only ones there.

Cederberg
The natural beauty of the Cederberg Mountains
Depending on where you go in the Cederberg, you are looking at a drive time of about 2-4 hours from Cape Town. Unfortunately there are a lot of traffic delays at the moment due to the massive road works that they are busy undertaking. You travel along the N7 from Cape Town to Cederberg. This is the main road between the Cape and Namibia, therefore this road handles a huge amount of traffic. It was in a very sorry state, hence the massive road upgrades. They are certainly needed, but all the stop and go's, along with the massive amount of trucks and construction vehicles, does make travel to the Cederberg currently rather tedious.

This should not stop one going though, plus this won't last forever of course. Once complete, maybe another 2 years at a guestimate, the road will be superb. My advice, Cederberg is still worth it, but leave early, give yourself lots of time and take lots of water and "padkos". Be prepared for it and it will be worth it.

Piekenierskloof
Piekenierskloof
At the start of the Cederberg you have a timeshare resort (also available to the public for bookings of course) named Piekenierskloof Mountain Lodge. Chalets are beautifully appointed and overlook the valley. This is a family resort and caters for the whole family with lots of kiddies fun.

Piekenierskloof
Piekenierskloof
Travel further and there are a few self-catering options on the left available to the more adventurous traveller. From camping to chalets, such as The Traveller's Rest, there is something for everyone.

One then passes the very extensive Clanwilliam dam on your right. Clanwilliam has long since been a Capetonians weekend escape. Cabins and camping along the dam is very popular especially throughout the summer months, when the temperatures reach over 40°C. Most weekenders have their boats moored here for easy weekend access. It's a beautiful place to spend some summer days, water-skiing and soaking up the sun.

If you need to stock up on some food supplies, wood, charcoal, etc,  Clanwilliam is the town to do so. Head to the main road and the local Spar for the essentials. Plus it's a good idea to refuel here in town as after Clanwilliam you will not find any stores or petrol stations as you head into the rural Cederberg. There is also no 3G or cell phone reception from this point on for miles. Make sure you have directions, as no Google maps from here on out.

Bushmans Kloof Retreat
Bushmans Kloof Retreat
As you carry on through Clanwilliam and onwards, you arrive at the beautiful 5* Bushman’s Kloof resort. This is an oasis in nature. The retreat is high-end, 5* luxury and the rooms are exquisite. Fine dining with a large, superb wine selection.

Bushmans Kloof Retreat
The rooms at Bushmans Kloof Retreat
Each room has wonderful touches such as art supplies to encourage you to sit and relax on your well-appointed verandas while sketching or trying your hand at painting the natural canvas in front of you.
The resort has some of the oldest recorded Khoisan art to be viewed as well. One of the guides can take you on a hike to see this.

Bushmans Kloof Retreat
Bushmans Kloof Retreat
You can also view this option as a package to book on our website: Click here.

If you are looking at taking your favourite pets with on holiday, or looking for that self-catering "back to basics" option, carry on further past Bushman’s Kloof, and through some mountain passes, several dirt roads, into the Biedouw Valley. There is a beautiful little nature farm here called "ENJO" Nature farm. This is truly back to nature. Wide open space, little cottages far away from civilisation. No cellphone, no internet, just back to nature.

Enjo Nature Farm Cederberg
Pure nature. Enjo Nature farm Cederberg
It's called soul country, and so rightly named. This kind of getaway truly is good for the soul.


Enjo Nature farm Cederberg
 Enjo Nature farm Cederberg
There is birding, dams and rivers for the kids to play in, and just pure clean air, with no pollution. Stargazing is spectacular, as there is no light pollution for miles. The array of milky ways and galaxies that you can view are absolutely astounding. It's really worth the experience.

Enjo Nature farm Cederberg
Enjo Nature farm Cederberg
Whether you are after "back to basics" accommodation, some adventure or a luxury break, the Cederberg has it all to offer. If you are in need of some fresh air and relaxation, The Cederberg is highly recommended.

If you want to see the glorious wildflowers of the Cape next year, it's advisable to book your trip now, as it will be full if you leave it too late. Timing is difficult though. This year the flowers came end August and didn't last long. Last year they arrived early September and lasted through to end September. So one never knows if you'll be lucky or not, but it's worth the try anyway, and if you miss the flowers, there is so much more to ENJOY!


Photo credits Abigail Pires (AbsPires40 Flickr)


BLOG CONTRIBUTOR: Abigail Pires

Abigail absolutely loves to travel and is extremely passionate about the travel industry as well as technology. She loves all things digital and is a definite gadget girl! Her favourite destinations so far are Croatia, Italy, Portugal, the Azores and the USA (nothing beats the rides at Universal!). An amateur photographer who loves to capture her memorable travel moments in photographs.


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