Cederberg

The Cederberg Wilderness Area lies approximately 200km north of Cape Town, stretching from the Middelberg Pass at Citrusdal to north of the Pakhuis Pass at Clanwilliam, encompassing about 71 000ha of rugged, mountainous terrain. The area is well-known for its spectacular flora and fauna, birds and outdoor recreation opportunities, such as hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking.

The Cederberg offers hundreds of rocky overhangs and caves with fine examples of rock art, which vary in age between 300 and 6 000 years. Over the years, erosion processes have fashioned unique rock sculptures such as the Wolfberg Arch and Maltese Cross.

You may be fortunate enough to spot the Cederberg's largest predator, the leopard. Smaller predators can also be seen and include the African wild cat, lynx, bat-eared fox, aardwolf and Cape Fox.

Cape Nature Conservation, the authority in charge of the wilderness, has special management programmes in place, including the management for the Cedar Tree, eight endemic fish species and the Cape Mountain Leopard.