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  • The Joys of the Cederberg inWinter

    We compare the Cederberg to the rest of the Western Cape during winter, sharing the top reasons to visit this wilderness in the cooler months of the year.

    Cederberg mountains

    IT’S WARMER

    Daytime temperatures are typically 5°C warmer than Cape Town with a sunny Cederberg winter’s day averaging at around 21°C-23°C.
    Cederberg’s winter is much shorter than elsewhere in the Cape, typically spanning from mid/late May and ending in early August.

    IT’S DRIER

    Cederberg rains do fall in the winter but its classified as a semi-arid area, with only 180mm of rain per year. The region gets only one third of the amount of rain Cape does Town, at most.

    Simbavati Cederberg Ridge - romantic dining

    IT’S GORGEOUSLY GREEN

    Winter in the Cederberg is beautiful and green. It’s described as a rejuvenating time of the year, where the landscapes seems to flourish. Colours change from browns to vibrant greens, the flowers bloom, and crisp air adds to the refreshing sense that winter brings.

    Simbavati Cederberg Ridge owner, Kate Bergh says, “The jagged sandstone rock formations of the Cederberg, with their burnt orange colour, are even more striking at this time of the year surrounded by the vibrant veld. It is quite simply, a beautiful place to visit.”

    STARGAZING

    The Cederberg is renowned for its clear night skies, making it a perfect destination for stargazing. Winter nights are particularly crisp and clear, offering spectacular views of the Milky Way and constellations.

    ACTIVE DAYS

    During a Cederberg winter your days are not ruled by the hot African sun and its limitations on your schedule. The milder, temperate climate means time can be spent comfortably exploring the great outdoors.

    Savour a lie in followed by a leisurely breakfast and then head out for a long walk. Alternatively, you can enjoy an excursion in the morning and a bike ride in the afternoon sun.

    You may also opt to explore the rich cultural heritage of the Cederberg, with its numerous San rock art sites. The cooler temperatures make it an ideal time to visit these ancient paintings, offering a glimpse into the lives of the region’s earliest inhabitants.

    Simbavati Cederberg Ridge - rock art

    KEEPING COSY

    Early mornings are cold, but Simbavati Cederberg Ridge is a lodge built to withstand both the summer heat and the winter morning cold. Underfloor heating and log-burning fireplaces make the suites very cosy. The main lodge also has a fireplace in the library, dining room and sitting room, for when it is a little chilly.

    Simbavati Cederberg Ridge - exterior

    FLOWERS & FYNBOS

    Cederberg celebrates an early spring, compared to the rest of the Cape. Depending on the rains, the spring flowers bloom from late July to September, along with the early flowering fynbos.

    Winter in the Cederberg is a time of blooming for many endemic plant species. The fynbos comes alive with vibrant colors, and the cooler temperatures provide an excellent opportunity for spotting wildlife, including the elusive Cape leopard. There is a magic in experiencing the spring flower spectacle while the rest of the country is still in winter-mode.

    Simbavati Cederberg Ridge overlooks the natural fynbos area of our 3,000h farm with the Cederberg Wilderness Reserve beyond. There’s a range of walking and mountain bike trails right from the lodge.

    Wild spring flowers in Biedouw valley, Cederberg mountains

    An escape to Simbavati Cederberg Ridge and the rugged splendour of Cederberg’s wilderness is always a good idea, but is especially appealing in wintertime.

    Explore more about Simbavati Cederberg Ridge and contact us to book your stay.

    Find further reasons why the Cederberg winter is idyllic, here.