How to visit the Cederberg

Panoramic - Maltese Cross and Sneeuberg

Accommodation

For those seeking to undertake big walks, it’s best to stay in the heart of the reserve in one of the self-catering chalets located close the start of the major walks.  For those on a budget, then self-catering may be the only option.  However, our supported itineraries also make use of these excellent chalets, and the provision of a cook ensures you can walk to the full, and return to wholesome food that has been prepared for you at the end of a long and tiring day. Depending upon your preference, we can also arrange fully mobile and catered camping in the same locations. A range of alternative catered accommodation exists outside of the reserve; although this adds driving time, staying in catered accommodation is a good option for international visitors with softer walking ambitions seeking to explore the Cederberg under their own steam.  For serious hikers though, we recommend fully supported programs using the park chalets and camps.

Cederberg Trekking style

Generally, hiking in the Cederberg is not supported by porters, owing to Park Authority restrictions and logistical difficulties. The best way to support treks is with a guide, and a driver who doubles as cook. Day hikes are then made from trail heads, and these can either be out-and-back or linear. Depending upon routes, the driver will move between access points while clients hike in the mountains with a guide, and pick-up afterwards if required.  Although most hikes can be undertaken as day hikes from base, making catering and logistics straightforward, it is possible to camp out in the range to achieve bigger walking objectives (eg. summit of Sneeuberg). For ambitious trekkers seeking a wilder experience, multi-night treks spent out in the mountains are also possible, but do note that these can only be arranged on a self-carry basis.

Transport

For supported treks, clients are collected from Cape Town or the airport, and driven to the Cederberg and back.  Various vehicles can be used, but we tend to use Toyota Landcruisers with a full-cab conversion.  For those seeking to trek on a budget, but with the support of a guide, clients can self-drive, and take the guide with them (or have the guide meet them in the Cederberg).  This style of trekking gives less flexibility as you are restricted to out-and back hikes only, and clients will need to share cooking arrangements, which is tiring after big mountain days.