CEDERBERG

When you start look­ing for places to stay in the Cederberg, all the op­tions can be over­whelm­ing. The same goes for hik­ing trails, moun­tain pools, rock paint­ings and other at­trac­tions. We’ve cut through the clut­ter to bring you the best of the best.

go! - - Contents - BY MAR­CELLE VAN NIEK­ERK, SHEL­LEY CHRIS­TIANS, ESMA MARNEWICK, MARIJCKE DODDS, ILSE OBERHOLZER & SOPHIA VAN TAAK

Your guide to places to stay, hik­ing trails, moun­tain pools, rock paint­ings and other at­trac­tions.

The Cederberg has a dual ap­peal. Ob­vi­ously the moun­tains are in­cred­i­bly scenic, and it’s a plea­sure to es­cape into them on foot, but the place also makes you think. The land­scape has an an­cient sort of grav­i­tas and that time­less feel­ing is height­ened when you come across a rock paint­ing in a wind-sculpted cave, or when you crum­ble some rooi­bos leaves be­tween your fin­gers. Large parts of the south­ern Cederberg were rav­aged by a fire in 2016, in­clud­ing land­marks like the Wolf­berg Cracks, Wolf­berg Arch, Tafel­berg and Welbe­dacht (see page 34). But don’t de­lay your trip – there are still lots of awe­some places to visit. If you’re not in a 4x4 or on an ad­ven­ture bike, there are only a few ac­cess roads into the wilder­ness area: via Op-die-Berg near Ceres if you’re com­ing from the south and via Clan­william or the Nieu­woudt Pass if you’re ap­proach­ing from the north. We drove the Cederberg from top to tail and com­piled this guide to all the best ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions, hik­ing trails and other at­trac­tions to help you plan your ad­ven­ture. En­joy!

1 AL­GE­RIA

OUR PICK! The mo­ment you leave this Cape Na­ture rest camp, you’ll start plan­ning a re­turn visit. It’s a clas­sic desti­na­tion at the foot of a moun­tain called Mid­del­berg, with a spa­cious, shaded camp­site and views in ev­ery di­rec­tion. There are lots of trees and the Ron­de­gat River brings re­lief on a hot day. Some­times grey rhe­bok graze on the lawns. Ba­boons also love Al­ge­ria. There is a daily ba­boon pa­trol, but be vig­i­lant and keep your food sup­plies locked away. Al­ge­ria was first and fore­most a forestry sta­tion and it was given its in­trigu­ing name by a French­man called Médéric de Vas­selot de Régné, who was in charge of state forests in the Cape colony dur­ing the late 1800s. Ap­par­ently that part of the Cederberg re­minded him of the At­las Moun­tains in North Africa. Be­sides the camp­site, Al­ge­ria also has six mod­ern self-cater­ing cot­tages that were built in 2015 to max­imise the views. The main bed­room in each cot­tage has a big win­dow with a built-in daybed where you can nap in the after­noon sun. The stoep and braai area share the views. Al­ge­ria is a year-round desti­na­tion: swim and hike in sum­mer; read in front of the fire­place and stare out at Dag­gavleikop in win­ter. There are also five older self-cater­ing units fur­ther away from the hub­bub. If you’re af­ter a qui­eter week­end away, stay in the UITKYK area , which is about 4 km from the camp. The Prik se Werf, Uitkyk and Waen­huis units of­fer views of the val­ley; Sas se Werf and Peer­boom are next to the Ron­de­gat River. Rates: Camp­ing from R180 per night for two peo­ple, plus R40 per ex­tra per­son (max six peo­ple per stand). Self-cater­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion in the new units from R990 per night for two peo­ple, plus R200 per ex­tra per­son (max six peo­ple; two rooms and a sleeper couch). Older self-cater­ing cot­tages from R580 per night for two peo­ple, plus R180 per ex­tra per­son. Waen­huis sleeps four peo­ple, Uitkyk sleeps eight peo­ple, the other units sleep six peo­ple each. Day vis­i­tors R60 per adult; R35 per child un­der 12. Cape Na­ture is of­fer­ing a 40 % dis­count on all ac­com­mo­da­tion un­til 31 Au­gust. Rates will go up in Septem­ber.

3 MID­DEL­BERG WA­TER­FALL TRAIL

This mod­er­ately steep trail leads from Al­ge­ria up to the Mid­del­berg Wa­ter­fall. You can walk to the trail­head from the camp­site; day vis­i­tors can park just be­low the Al­ge­ria re­cep­tion of­fice. Fol­low the paved road through the camp­site un­til you get to stand 23, where the trail starts. You’ll soon cross a lit­tle wooden bridge on your right, which is fol­lowed by a rocky gravel road up a gen­tle in­cline. The path zigzags through fields of fyn­bos and proteas, but there’s not much shade. The Cederberg can get very hot so set off early if you’re hik­ing in sum­mer. Af­ter about 1,5 km you’ll get to a junc­tion. Carry on straight. By now you’ll start to feel your legs as the in­cline gets steeper and the path gets rock­ier. When you’re al­most at the top, you’ll come to an­other fork. This time, turn left. (Both junc­tions are sign­posted.) You’ll know you’re nearly at the wa­ter­fall when you reach a cou­ple of big boul­ders. Take a deep breath and scram­ble up and over – your re­ward is wait­ing on the other side. Even though the Western Cape was in the grips of a severe drought, the wa­ter­fall was flow­ing strongly when we vis­ited. You’re not al­lowed to swim in the pool at the bot­tom of the wa­ter­fall, but you can pic­nic on the flat rock ledges sur­round­ing it. Fill up your wa­ter bot­tle from the clear, cold stream. Fol­low the same route to get back down. The hike takes about three hours in to­tal. Rates: Per­mit R60 per adult; R35 per child at the Cape Na­ture of­fice.

OUR 4 DRIEHOEK PICK! GUEST FARM

Driehoek is a kids’ par­adise. There are lots of fun things to do, like feed­ing the res­i­dent goats, rab­bits and chick­ens, and float­ing down the Driehoek River on in­ner tubes. If the main river pool is too crowded dur­ing peak sea­son, there’s a qui­eter pool about five min­utes’ walk up­stream. There are also some horses and a pony for fun rides (R35 per ride – make ar­range­ments at the of­fice). The camp­site is com­par­a­tively small, with only 25 stands. Stand #15 is more pri­vate, tucked away in the bush with nice views. The ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties are neat and clean. In the evening, a friendly staff mem­ber will come around with fresh loaves of bread; in sum­mer you can buy ice cream. Driehoek also has two self-cater­ing chalets: Kothuis sleeps six and Groothuis sleeps 12 (bring your own bed­ding). The six ba­sic cab­ins in the camp­site are also an af­ford­able op­tion – some have pri­vate bath­rooms, others share the camp­site ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties. Rates: Camp­ing from R320 per night for four peo­ple, plus R90 per ex­tra per­son (max six peo­ple per stand). Self-cater­ing chalets from R800 for two peo­ple, to R2 200 for 12 peo­ple. Cab­ins from R470 for two peo­ple with shared ablu­tions; from R610 with a pri­vate bath­room.

5 HIKE TO THE SNEEUBERG HUT

Sev­eral hik­ing trails be­gin at Driehoek – the near­est rock paint­ings are only a 20-minute walk away. The trail to the Sneeuberg Hut and back should take about 2½ hours to com­plete. An­other scenic op­tion is the trail to Welbe­dacht Cave – about 1½ hours in to­tal. See the web­site for a topo­graph­i­cal map of the trails (ad­dress be­low).

6 SAND­DRIF HOL­I­DAY RE­SORT, DWARSRIV­IER

This pop­u­lar place is of­ten booked up over long week­ends and school hol­i­days. If you want to visit at a peak time, call long in ad­vance. There are 16 self-cater­ing chalets (some sleep four; some sleep up to eight) and a great camp­site on the banks of the Dwars River. Kids can ride their bikes, play cricket on the lawns and look for crabs in the stream. If the main camp­site sounds too busy, book one of the 10 stands in the qui­eter KLIPHUIS CAMP­SITE 7 about a 10-minute drive from the main camp­site. There’s a river pool to swim in and there’s peace and quiet in abundance. An­other rea­son why Sand­drif is so pop­u­lar is be­cause of its lo­ca­tion – it’s the clos­est place to stay if you want to do one of the most scenic hikes in the Cederberg: the trail through the Wolf­berg Cracks to the Wolf­berg Arch. That trail might be closed at the mo­ment due to the 2016 fire, but all the cy­cling routes in the vicin­ity are open and you can do some rock climb­ing at the Sand­drif Crag. Get direc­tions and per­mits at the re­cep­tion of­fice. Or make plans to visit when the Wolf­berg trail re­opens. The farm shop sells essen­tials, cooldrinks and snacks. You can also or­der fresh bread over Easter week­end or dur­ing the De­cem­ber hol­i­days. There’s no cell­phone re­cep­tion, but there is Wi-Fi avail­able at the Dwarsriv­ier of­fice. Make sure the doors and win­dows of your chalet or tent are closed when you go for a drive or a hike – the ba­boons won’t hes­i­tate to steal your food sup­plies. Rates: Camp­ing R280 per night for four peo­ple, plus R70 per ex­tra per­son (max eight peo­ple per stand). Each stand has its own braai (bring your own grid) and com­mu­nal power points. There are two ablu­tion blocks at the main camp­site and one at Kliphuis. Self-cater­ing R1 200 per night for four peo­ple, plus R300 per ex­tra adult and R200 per ex­tra child aged 2 – 10.

8 MAL­TESE CROSS TRAIL

Get an early start to es­cape the heat – and the other hik­ing groups! The hike takes about four hours in to­tal (it’s about 13 km long) and there are level sec­tions be­tween the slopes where you can catch your breath. It’s tra­di­tion to have a pic­nic at the base of the Mal­tese Cross rock for­ma­tion be­fore you head back. If you’re fit and ex­pe­ri­enced, push on to Sneeuberg Peak.

9 LOT’S WIFE TRAIL

You don’t need a per­mit to do this walk and it’s a nice al­ter­na­tive to the Mal­tese Cross Trail if the lat­ter seems too tax­ing. Lot’s Wife is an easy stroll of about an hour and a half to the ma­jes­tic Win­dow Rocks. In ad­di­tion to Lot’s Wife her­self at the start of the trail – a small rock for­ma­tion that looks like a stone woman – you’ll see lots of other un­usual rock for­ma­tions along the way. (See if you can spot the sea­horse and the ea­gle in flight…)

10 CEDERBERG PRI­VATE CEL­LAR, DWARSRIV­IER

The tast­ing room is next to the farm shop and the re­cep­tion of­fice on Dwarsriv­ier farm. Dwarsriv­ier is the high­est wine farm above sea level in the Western Cape and ex­pe­ri­enced wine tasters will recog­nise how the unique ter­roir has in­flu­enced their range of de­li­cious wines. David Nieu­woudt is a third-gen­er­a­tion wine farmer and he and his team have won an im­pres­sive list of awards. If you’re lucky, David might be around to host the tast­ing him­self. Along with the shi­raz, sau­vi­gnon blanc and buket­traube made from lo­cally har­vested grapes, Cederberg also has a range called Ghost Cor­ner (made with grapes from the Cape Agul­has area) and a range called Lon­gaví, which is made in Chile! There’s even some­thing for beer lovers: The Cederberg Brew­ery is next door to the wine tast­ing room. You can’t do a tast­ing on the beer side, but you can buy some­thing to sip back in the camp­site, like Bog­gom & Vo­ert­sek or Cederberg Orig­i­nal Lager. How much? Wine tast­ing R40 per per­son. Open­ing times: Mon­day to Satur­day from 9 am to noon and from 2 pm to 4.30 pm; pub­lic hol­i­days from 9 am to 11.30 am and from 4 pm to 5.30 pm; closed on Sun­days, Good Fri­day and Christ­mas Day.

11 KROM­RIV­IER CEDERBERG PARK

This farm has been in the Nieu­woudt fam­ily for seven gen­er­a­tions and is one of the old­est tourist des­ti­na­tions in the area. Make sure to bring your moun­tain bike and your hik­ing boots. Camp on the banks of the Krom River – each stand has a power point and a pri­vate bath­room – or stay in a ba­sic or a lux­ury self-cater­ing chalet (some sleep four; some sleep up to six). Each chalet has a braai and a ba­sic kitchen with an oven, a two-plate stove and a fridge. There is a new re­cep­tion area and a restau­rant – pop in for a milk­shake or a light meal like a toasted sand­wich. (Book in ad­vance if you want din­ner.) They also make fresh farm bread to or­der. Each chalet has a fire­place – buy wood at the re­cep­tion of­fice – and the shop sells ba­sics like milk, jam, honey and but­ter, plus a craft beer range called Nieuw Brew, which is brewed on the farm. Rates: Camp­ing from R250 per night for two peo­ple, plus R125 per ex­tra per­son (max eight peo­ple per stand). Older self-cater­ing chalets from R660 per night for two peo­ple – or R900 for three to four peo­ple – plus R100 per ex­tra per­son (max six peo­ple per chalet). New units from R1 800 per night for two peo­ple.

12 DISA POOL HIK­ING TRAIL

This fun hike is doable with kids and your re­ward is a dip in a pool at the end. Bonus: you can see the red Disa uni­flora in bloom from De­cem­ber to Fe­bru­ary. This hike starts 4 km from the Krom­riv­ier Cederberg Park re­cep­tion area (you can walk from your chalet) and fol­lows the course of the Krom River – first over soft sand and later over stones. There’s a wa­ter­fall at Disa Pool it­self, which is clear and wide. Lay out your pic­nic blan­ket and rest for a while.

13 STAD­SAAL CAVES

The Stad­saal Caves are an as­sort­ment of rocky cav­erns warped by wind and rain over mil­len­nia. Find a quiet spot and take it all in. Lean against a rough rock wall and smell the dust. Bush­men painted scenes on rocks in the vicin­ity as long as a thou­sand years ago (check out the fa­mous Ele­phant Rock Paint­ing next to the jeep track on the way in), but the land­scape is much older than that. You can feel it. The big cave – the stad­saal, which means town hall – is a short walk from the car park. The cave once pro­vided shel­ter for groups of no­madic Bush­men, but in more re­cent years it’s been used as a meet­ing place for farm­ers in the area and even as a po­lit­i­cal ral­ly­ing point. The names of some apartheid-era min­is­ters are clearly vis­i­ble on the wall in­side. It’s worth spend­ing a cou­ple of hours ex­plor­ing this mag­i­cal site. Squeeze through the tun­nels, climb to the top of the boul­ders… It’s like a gi­ant, all-nat­u­ral play park.

14 TRUITJIESKRAAL

In the old days, cat­tle farm­ers would move their an­i­mals be­tween graz­ing sites and they’d pass this spot along the way. Ap­par­ently “tru­itjie” is de­rived from Gertru­ida, the name of one of the cat­tle farm­ers’ wives or girl­friends. The rocks at Truitjieskraal are even more oth­er­worldly than those at the Stad­saal Caves. They stand in columns, al­most like the an­cient ru­ins of a city. There are a few dif­fer­ent park­ing ar­eas and an easy 1,4 km hik­ing trail with in­for­ma­tion boards to tell you more about the bio­di­ver­sity and ge­ol­ogy of the area. It’s a rock-climber’s dream and there are a num­ber of world-fa­mous routes, but it’s also a great place to sim­ply walk around. You might even spot an eland.

15 NUWERUST GUEST FARM

Nuwerust is a jovial spot – there’s a play­ground for the kids, a quiet gravel road where they can ride their bikes, a kop­pie to climb and a stretch of river to ex­plore. It’s a farm stay, rather than camp­ing deep in the moun­tains. The camp­site is sep­a­rated into two sec­tions: the first is near the en­trance with green grass and moun­tain views, but has only a few young trees. Ex­cept for the pop­u­lar Grootk­lip stand, which is shaded by two oak trees. The sec­ond sec­tion is sandy with oak trees for shade, but the trees ob­scure the view in places. Stand #32 is nice and pri­vate and it has a view; #23 also has a good view. There’s a lawn be­tween stand #19 and the ablu­tion block – a good spot to base your­self if you’re a group of friends with young chil­dren. All the stands have power. Three of the self-cater­ing cot­tages – Le­moen­kloof, Kom­maweer and Verge­noeg – are fairly pri­vate; Oom Willem se Huis and Ri­et­dak are close to­gether. The shop sells the ba­sics and on week­ends you can watch sport on the TV in the lapa. Rates: Camp­ing from R300 per night for four peo­ple, plus R50 per ex­tra per­son (max five per stand). Self-cater­ing from R600 for four peo­ple, plus R150 per ex­tra per­son (some units sleep four; some sleep up to eight). Bed­ding R50 per per­son ex­tra. One-off con­ser­va­tion fee R25 per ve­hi­cle.

16 WA­TER­FALL ROUTE

This 6 km trail is an old favourite at Nuwerust, but don’t ex­pect Vic Falls. There’s usu­ally only a thin stream of wa­ter af­ter good rain. Still, it’s a scenic hike in the Kok­er­sriv­ierk­loof. The trail criss- crosses the dry riverbed and there are aloes all around. Sun­birds chat­ter and there’s some shade at the wa­ter­fall where you can rest.

17 MOUNT CEDER

Whether you ar­rive via the Grootriv­ier Pass from the north or over the Blinkberg Pass from the south, Mount Ceder is a wel­come oa­sis at the bot­tom of the Grootriv­ier Val­ley (with olive trees in­stead of palms). The lunch menu at the Old Mill­house restau­rant is good (sand­wiches, lasagne, quiche…) and the beer on tap is cold. Horses graze just out­side. Book be­fore­hand if you want din­ner (R200 per per­son for a three-course meal) or break­fast (R95 per per­son). Re­mem­ber, they’re far from the shops and you’re pay­ing for the con­ve­nience of a de­li­cious, hot meal. There are olive prod­ucts in the re­cep­tion area – a two-litre bot­tle of olive oil costs R200. The self-cater­ing units at Mount Ceder are on the more lux­u­ri­ous side, but they’re pri­vate with lovely views. Some even have Jacuzzis. The camp­site also has pri­vate stands, which is rare in the Cederberg. The three stands are set far apart from each other; each has its own bath­room, an awning and a view of the Groot River. See if you can spot an ot­ter. Rates: Camp­ing from R350 per night for four peo­ple, plus R75 per ex­tra per­son (max six per stand). Self-cater­ing from R850 per night for two peo­ple in one of the stan­dard units, to R4 420 for six peo­ple in a house with a Jacuzzi and heated towel rails. Con­tact: 023 317 0848; mountceder.co.za

18 AL­PHA EXCELSIOR

Own­ers Lizzie and Con­nie du Toit, and their dogs and chick­ens, will make you feel at home the mo­ment you ar­rive. The Du Toits bought the farm in 2003 and worked with their daugh­ter Becky and her hus­band James to turn it into a com­fort­able place to stay. It’s pop­u­lar with rock climbers and any­one else who likes to go free-range. There are two camp­ing stands with a shared ablu­tion block and a com­mu­nal lapa with a kitchen. There are also two farm­houses that each sleeps nine, and two cot­tages that sleep three or four peo­ple. Even bet­ter, how­ever, are their seven retro car­a­vans. Each has a kitch­enette in­side (with a fridge) and a ta­ble and chairs out­side where you can sip your morn­ing cof­fee and look at the moun­tains. Each car­a­van has a dou­ble bed and the seat­ing area can be con­verted into beds for small kids. The farm has sev­eral hik­ing trails and a big dam to swim in when the sum­mer heat gets too much. Rates: Camp­ing R100 per per­son. Car­a­van R350 per night for two peo­ple. Farmhouse ac­com­mo­da­tion R800 – R1 800 per night de­pend­ing on the num­ber of peo­ple. Cot­tage ac­com­mo­da­tion from R700 per night.

19 THE HEN HOUSE

This cosy cof­fee shop at Al­pha Excelsior of­fers break­fast, cake and Wi-Fi dur­ing the rock­climb­ing sea­son from mid-May to early Oc­to­ber. And Sun­day night is pizza night! (Piz­zas R80 – R130; book be­fore­hand). They also pro­duce three red wines – a pino­tage, a shi­raz and a caber­net sau­vi­gnon (about R70 per bot­tle) – and they have an olive grove. Buy a bot­tle of olive oil (R70) or a jar of pre­served olives (R30).

20 DON­KEY CART RIDES

A fun way to ex­plore the Agter-Pakhuis area is to take a tour on a don­key cart with a driver from the He­un­ingvlei mis­sion­ary com­mu­nity. The main route to tiny He­un­ingvlei is via a bumpy gravel road from Wup­perthal, but the don­key route fol­lows a jeep track from the top of the Pakhuis Pass that dates back to the time of Thomas Bain. The road winds through a beau­ti­ful land­scape where few peo­ple set foot. You might hear rock climbers up on the cliffs; the rest of the time the si­lence is only bro­ken by driver Dawid Swartz as he spurs on Bed­ford, Gaddafi, De Wet, Sen­ter, Proc­ter and Stanford. But a don­key is a stub­born an­i­mal – the abrupt stops and spo­radic ac­cel­er­a­tions are all part of the fun. You don’t go all the way to He­un­ingvlei on the cart, but take note of this place for your next visit. The vil­lage has a back­packer lodge where you can re­lax far from ev­ery­one and every­thing. Self-cater­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion costs R140 per per­son and you can book meals be­fore­hand (from R70). Rates: Don­key out­ing R170 per per­son for about two hours. Con­tact: 027 492 3070 (Daleen or Hen­nie van der Westhuizen)

21 TRAV­ELLER’S REST

Trav­eller’s Rest on the Bran­dewyn River is an in­sti­tu­tion in the Agter-Pakhuis area. It’s the place where the great­grand­fa­ther of cur­rent owner Jas Strauss – Pi­eter le Fras Nortier – fig­ured out how to grow rooi­bos tea. Ask Jas’s mother Haffie – she’ll tell you how he dis­cov­ered the se­cret to its tem­per­a­men­tal seed. The self-cater­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion is mostly in ren­o­vated worker’s cot­tages. The four most pop­u­lar units are in a quiet kloof away from the road and set far apart, each with a pri­vate stoep and braai area. The units range in size in terms of the num­ber of bed­rooms and shared or en suite bath­rooms. Each has eclec­tic decor and a fully equipped kitchen, plus a liv­ing room with a big fire­place. Rates: R550 – R1 200 per night de­pend­ing on the num­ber of peo­ple.

22 TRAV­ELLER’S REST FARM STALL

OUR PICK! The farm stall and restau­rant at Trav­eller’s Rest is a pop­u­lar pit stop. Owner Jas Strauss’s sis­ter, Char­ité van Ri­jswijk and her hus­band Edu are in charge. The farm stall bursts at the seams with gifts and home-made good­ies. At lunch time, staff mem­bers bus­tle be­tween the kitchen and the stoep. The menu has de­li­cious dishes like eland burger with blue cheese (R90), pan­cakes (R15) and Amarula cake (R20). It’s the kind of place where you want to hang out and make friends. ( They also have Wi-Fi and a big river pool to swim in.) Open­ing times: The farm stall is open ev­ery day from 8 am to 5 pm. You can book din­ner be­fore­hand if you’re a group of 10 or more.

23 SEVILLA ROCK ART TRAIL

The nine sites on the Sevilla rock art trail are all found along a 1,5 km stretch and they’re all within walk­ing dis­tance of the Trav­eller’s Rest farm stall. Let your mind wan­der to a time when Bush­men sought shel­ter un­der the rocky cliffs, looked for game in the veld and drank from the river nearby. You’ll see paint­ings of shamans, quag­gas and del­i­cate stick fig­ures. Men car­ry­ing bows and ar­rows run to the hunt­ing grounds while women dance in a line with their hands in the air. See if you can spot the lit­tle foal (pic­tured on the right) – it’s all nose and knees! How much? R40 per adult, R20 per child. Pay at the Trav­eller’s Rest farm stall.

24 SALMANSLAAGTE ROCK ART TRAIL

The Salmanslaagte kloof feels like sa­cred ground. It feels dif­fer­ent, more mys­te­ri­ous than Sevilla. The kloof doesn’t have a clear foot­path – you have to clam­ber over rocks while you scan the walls for art. Just when you think you must have missed it, you’ll see the enor­mous paint­ing of three women. Its sheer size is prob­a­bly the rea­son you missed it in the first place. There are more paint­ings to the left, about a dozen of them. What’s that yel­low shape be­hind the women? Take a step back and you’ll re­alise that it’s an ele­phant. No, three ele­phants – each about a me­tre wide. Crouch down and look around: There are more fig­ures, some danc­ing, some with cres­cent shapes over their heads. What does it all mean? And the paint­ings that look like ships? Are they re­ally ships or are the ex­perts cor­rect when they say it’s a de­pic­tion of a trance? This is how Salmanslaagte charms you. And you’ve only seen one of the three pan­els in the kloof so far… How much? R40 per adult, R20 per child. Pay at the Trav­eller’s Rest farm stall. You need a guide so make prior ar­range­ments.

25 WUP­PERTHAL

Rev­erend Jo­hann Got­tlieb Leipoldt, grand­fa­ther of C Louis Leipoldt, along with his col­league Theobald von Wurmb, bought the farm Ri­et­mond in 1830 to es­tab­lish a Rhen­ish mis­sion sta­tion. The sta­tion was named af­ter a river in El­ber­feld, Ger­many, where the head of­fice of their mis­sion­ary so­ci­ety was based. For in­dige­nous peo­ple who had just been re­leased as slaves, the mis­sion sta­tion of­fered a source of in­come – even though they had to ad­here to strict rules and adopt a for­eign re­li­gion. When Ger­man shoe­maker Chris­tian Häfele ar­rived four years later, he started a small shoe fac­tory. The com­mu­nity grew, more peo­ple were trained and the sta­tion pros­pered un­til the Rhen­ish Mis­sion­ary So­ci­ety with­drew from South Africa in 1965. Wup­perthal was then in­cor­po­rated into the Mo­ra­vian Mis­sion­ary So­ci­ety and the com­mu­nity has since sur­vived on sub­sis­tence farm­ing, the lo­cal rooi­bos soap fac­tory, com­mu­nity projects, tourism and the vel­skoen fac­tory – now much smaller since the orig­i­nal fac­tory was moved to Clan­william in the 1950s un­der the Strass­berger brand.

WORTH IT! The Mal­tese Cross in the south­ern Cederberg tow­ers over the land­scape. It’s a steep climb to the base of this rock for­ma­tion, but the view from there is won­der­ful and it’s the per­fect spot for a pic­nic.

AL­GE­RIA

MID­DEL­BERG WA­TER­FALL TRAIL

DRIEHOEK GUEST FARM

LOT’S WIFE TRAIL

KROM­RIV­IER

WIN­DOW ROCKS

KROM­RIV­IER

DISA POOL HIK­ING TRAIL

NEAR THE ELE­PHANT ROCK PAINT­ING

TRUITJIESKRAAL

WA­TER­FALL ROUTE

MOUNT CEDER

AL­PHA EXCELSIOR

THE HEN HOUSE

AL­PHA EXCELSIOR WINE

CAR­A­VAN AC­COM­MO­DA­TION

TRAV­ELLER’S REST

TRAV­ELLER’S REST FARM STALL

SEVILLA ROCK ART TRAIL

SALMANSLAAGTE ROCK ART TRAIL

PAR­SON­AGE, WUP­PERTHAL

CHURCH AT WUP­PERTHAL

SHOE FAC­TORY

RED CEDAR SOAP

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