Cederberg Heritage Walk

Cederberg Heritage Walk

The majestic and rugged Cederberg mountains are only 2½ hours drive north from the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa. It has a spectacular mountain landscape, is a treasure house of rock art and has a rich botanical diversity, being part of the Cape Floral Kingdom . A major portion is a proclaimed Wilderness Area that recently obtained World Heritage status.

  • Cederberg Heritage hiking concept

    The Cederberg Heritage Walk offers a community-based hiking experience in the Cederberg mountains located in the Western Cape, South Africa. The hikes are escorted by local community members. It includes  accommodation, meals, guided rock art visits, donkey cart drives and entrance fees. Guests stay at comfortable guesthouses, guest cottages or homestays, some in the picturesque Moravian mission villages.Overnight luggage is transported to the next night’s stay, walkers only have to carry day packs.

  • Different Cederberg trails

    The Cederberg Heritage Walk offers a choice of six community-based hiking trails. The routes are between two to eight nights duration and extra days can be added. The following hiking trails can be incorporated in the Cederberg Heritage Walk. The trails are listed more or less in order of their degree of Grading:

    The Klein Krakadouw Trail (2 nights)

    the 12km Donkey Cart Trail which, if you choose to walk it all, takes about 3hr and involves 250m of uphill and 300m of downhill walking  and

    a 7-8hr hike of 12km involving 300m uphill and then 900m downhill

    The Wupperthal Trail (3 nights)

    the 12km Donkey Cart Trail which, if you choose to walk it all, takes about 3hr and involves 250m of uphill and 300m of downhill walking

    a 7-8hr hike of about 16km involving 300m uphill and then 250m downhill

    a 6-7hr hike of about 12km involving 400m gradual downhill, some of it through the veld without a path, to the historic mission village of Wupperthal  and

    a 2-3hr guided rock art walk (optional).

    The Pakhuis Trail (3 nights)

    a 7-8hr hike of about 16km, undulating but basically 700m downhill

    a 7-8hr hike of 12km involving 900m uphill and then 300m downhill

    the 12km Donkey Cart Trail which, if you choose to walk it all, takes about 3hr and involves 300m of uphill and 250m of downhill walking (rating 2A), followed by a 2-3hr guided rock art walk (optional).

    The Groot Krakadouw Trail (3 or 4 nights)

    a 2-3hr guided rock art walk (optional)

    a 7-8hr hike of 12km involving 900m uphill and 300m downhill

    a 7-8hr hike of about 16km involving 300m uphill and then 250m downhill , and

    a 2hr walk of 8km, fairly level but with small ups and downs, followed by the 12km Donkey Cart Trail which, if you choose to walk it all, takes about 3hr and involves 300m of uphill and 250m of downhill walking

    Extra day: All the above four hikes have an optional extra day/night for a strenuous mountain climb up the spectacular Krakadouw Peak or an easy circular, scenic walk through the hills to a lovely pool for swimming . Both start and end in the village of Heuningvlei.

    The Gabriel Trail (4 nights)

    a 6-7hr hike of about 12km involving 530m uphill and then 430m downhill

    a 7-8hr hike of about 11km, mainly through the veld without a path, involving 500m of uphill and then 500m of downhill

    a 6-7hr hike of about 14km involving a descent of 300m , and

    a 2hr hike of about 4km  followed by a 2hr guided rock art walk (optional)

    The Cederberg 100 Trail (8 nights and 7 days)

    a 7-8hr hike of about 16km, undulating but basically 700m downhill, from the top of the Pakhuis Pass down to a guest house in the Boskloof valley

    a 7-8hr hike of 12km involving 900m uphill and then 300m downhill, going up Krakadouwpoort to Krakadouwnek and then down to the village of Heuningvlei

    a 7-8hr hike of about 16km involving 300m uphill and then 250m downhill, from Heuningvlei via the Boontjieskloof Hut and Grasvlei village to the village of Brugkraal

    a 6-7hr hike of about 9km involving 250m gradual downhill, then 220m up and 260m down, some of it through the veld without a path, from Brugkraal via Grasvlei and the waterfalls on the Grasvlei River and then over Middelkopnek to the village of Kleinvlei a

    6-7hr hike of about 13km involving an ascent of 300m from Kleinvlei to the village of Eselbank, with detours to interesting rock formations and the Eselbank Falls

    a 7-8hr hike of about 11km, mainly through the veld without a path, involving 500m of uphill and then 500m of downhill, from Eselbank over the mountain to the village of Langkloof, and

    a 6-8hr hike of about 16km involving 430m uphill and then 530m downhill, from Langkloof over Gabriel’s Pass, with a detour to the Wolfberg Arch, and then down to the Driehoek farm

  • Rate of the trails

    The rate of the different options are available on request

    Additional information

    Read about the Cederberg Wilderness area

    Contact

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