HIKING TRAILS & BOULDERING

Shaws Kloof Hiking at Cederberg Ridge
The Cederberg Mountains rises majestically above the vineyards and citrus groves of the Oliphants River valley. There are a number of stunning hiking trails in the Cederberg.

Cederberg Ridge offers its own guided walking trails, both on our own farm and in the adjacent Wilderness Reserve. But if you want to be independent, there are some classic walks in the Cederberg which can be done on a self-guided basis. 

Cederberg Wilderness Reserve

  • The Cederberg Wilderness Reserve (which covers most of the mountain range) remains one of the most pristine areas of South Africa. Ancient mountain trails, originally cast by woodcutters, take you through pristine fynbos and past curious rock formations.
  • Apart from "boulderers" (free-style rock climbers) in the Rocklands area during the winter months, it is rare to see other walkers in the northern Cederberg. 
  • If walking independently, you'll need to purchase a day permit to walk in the Cederberg Wilderness Reserve. This can picked up at the Cape Nature office at Kliphuis. We also recommend the Slingby map which showed maintained walking trails. BUT Some of the paths are still not very clear so we recommend discussing the trail at the lodge if you stay with us.  
  • Suggested hikes
  • Heuningvlei Jeep Track - easy and clear-cut
  • Circular Pakhuis hike - overgrown
  • Algeria waterfall hike - clear-cut (also offered by the lodge)
  • Wolfberg Cracks (winter only, full day from lodge)
  • Maltese Cross (winter only, as full day from lodge)
  • Check out this article about some of our favourite walks: Hiking in the northern Cederberg

Bouldering

  • The northern Cederberg, which is where we are situated, is one of the top 5 areas for bouldering in the world. See our article on why that is below.
  • The epi-centre of the bouldering sites is Rocklands which lies approx 15 minutes easy drive from us. the best time for bouldering is May to August as this is our winter time so the days are usually sunny and warm but not too hot. (The nights are cold though!) We have quite a few guests staying at Cederberg Ridge who come just for the bouldering. We offer various long stay packages which make our DBB rate very attractive.
  • Check out our article about Bouldering at Rocklands in the northern Cederberg
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