Into the wilderness, out of the ordinary
Cederberg Ridge is a luxurious wilderness lodge offering delicious food, warm hospitality, and adventure. Enjoy panoramic views over the natural rugged beauty of the Cederberg Mountains and the range of excursions and activities we offer.
A stylish ‘away-from-it-all’ experience, yet it’s only a 2½ hour scenic drive from Cape Town or the Winelands.
Cederberg Ridge has the authentic ambience of a modern African Farmhouse. Inviting interiors with vaulted ceilings, wooden beams and natural textures give a light and airy feel. Large French windows open to a generous covered stoep and dining deck overlooking the garden and mountains beyond.
With 11 spacious rooms and suites, restaurant with a view, large swimming pool and indigenous gardens flowing into the veld, this luxury retreat offers space and style in the midst of wilderness.
The lodge 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.
Why we love it
Sense of Wilderness
Untamed wide open spaces and spectacular views
Luxurious suites with romantic sleep-out option on the terrace
Perfect base to visit the Cederberg with its rock art, walking and rooibos farms
Farm to table foodie destination
Luxury Suite with glorious views
These three luxurious, airy rooms have stunning views over the Cederberg. Each offers plenty of wood and natural textures. Cosy window seats invite you to relax with a good book, or simply contemplate the glorious mountain views. In summer, air-conditioning ensures a serene night’s sleep. In winter you can curl up with a glass of wine around the wood-burning fireplace.
Enjoy the beautiful free-standing bath with its expansive view. The indoor shower leads out to an outdoor shower with mountain views. Whilst in front is a charming stone terrace offering both sun and shade.
RATES & OFFERS
As thanks for your on-going support,
we have Local is Lekker rate to 15 December 2022, bookable 30 days prior to arrival.
Until 15 December 2022
Until 15 December 2022
Full Board & Activities
Things to see & do
We introduce you to the natural beauty and hidden gems of the Cederberg through a range of experiences to suit both the active and the more leisurely.
Choose from guided walks, mountain biking, rock art excursions, rooibos farm tours and sunset boat cruises. We also offer guided excursions into the Cederberg or to the West Coast.
Step into Cederberg Lodge
Sit back & relax
The Need to Knows
Top Reasons to Visit
We are inspired by our natural surroundings at Cederberg Ridge – the smells, textures and tastes of the Cederberg. From farm to table, or in our case, from ‘Berg to Plate’, our food incorporates fresh farmed produce from the area, local flavours and unique cooking techniques.
Plus we’re also all about homemade goodness (and goodies)! From freshly baked breads, croissants and Danish pastries, to sausages, macaroons and gelato, our chef creates homemade, fresh food on a daily basis.
You can expect a seasonally changing menu with a choice of starters, mains and dessert. As we are small and personal, we try to cater for special diet needs. So there are always two vegetarian dishes on offer at dinner. Vegans are also welcome. Plus we’ll happily offer other options if you are staying longer.
Paintings of the San
Marvel at the ancient rock paintings of the San (Bushmen) people on the Sevilla Rock Art Trail.
The Cederberg is teeming with remarkable and ancient rock art of the San Bushmen people, the first inhabitants of South Africa. With some 2,500 documented sites, the Cederberg is one of the best locations in the World for rock art. Here you can view these delicate paintings, flowing with movement and life, with no crowds to spoil your quiet enchantment.
One of our most popular excursions is our guided rock art excursion to Sevilla usually offered every other day. This is an activity which really benefits from having a guide! As you’ll learn so much from our guides about the Bushmen people and their art.
Sense of Wilderness
Explore the Nature
Wilderness within Reach. Once you are settled into the lodge, the sense of wilderness is all-pervasive. And yet you haven’t driven 4 hours on increasingly difficult roads to get here.
Guests’ love that they can walk or mountain bike for miles right from the lodge without the need to get back in your vehicle.
All loved up? Tell us if you are celebrating your wedding or a special anniversary as we’d love to make a romantic evening to remember. But that’s all we’re saying! Or perhaps enjoy a romantic walk on the farm with a picnic just for two.
Sleep-out on your terrace
If you’re up for it, we’ll set up a romantic sleep-out on your private terrace, where you can fall asleep to the brilliant stars of the night sky. (Suites only.) So let us know beforehand if you are keen.
We can set up a private dinner in the Library, on the Terrace or the Pool Deck if you are celebrating an anniversary. Afterwards you can request a surprise turn-down for your loved one.
Check out our Honeymoon Offer and other specials. Our honeymoon offer gives 50% off for one partner if you stay 3 nights on a Full Board & Activity basis.
/ Cederberg Ridge
Cederberg Ridge is very easy to get to. (See our downloadable directions below.) It lies 5km from the town of Clanwilliam at the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains. It takes an easy 2½ hours from Cape Town or the Winelands (tar road all the way until our drive-way).
Directions from Cape Town
Take the N1 highway out of the city and then take the N7 highway in the direction of Malmesbury. Continue on the N7 for approx. 220km. Just after you start seeing the Clanwilliam Dam, look out for the off-ramp (to the left). At the T-junction you turn right to travel into the town of Clanwilliam.
Stay on this road, passing two petrol stations on the left hand side. (Do NOT turn off to the right into the Main Road.) Stay on this road to travel out of the town in the direction of the mountain range. Approx 2km from the town (after a small hill), you turn left onto the road with a green signpost for Klawer. Look at your speedometer and note your kilometres. Approx 3.1 km on this road, you will see our gate & sign on the right hand side. Drive through our gate and up to the lodge.
Directions from the Winelands
If you are coming from Stellenbosch, take the R304 north. This road crosses the main N2 highway and continues north to Malmesbury where the R304 merges with the R302 to continue as the R302. When you get to the town of Malmesbury, you follow signs for the N7 north towards Mooreesburg, PIketberg. Stay on the N7 for 158km and when you get to Clanwilliam, you follow the directions below.
If you are coming from Franschhoek or Paarl, travel to and through Paarl and then take the R44 north past Wellington. Continue on the R44 to Gouda. Turn left to stay on the R44 and travel through Porterville to reach the N7 just before the start of the Cederberg Mountains. Stay on the N7 until you start seeing the Clanwilliam Dam. Then look out for the off-ramp for Clanwilliam (to the left). Follow the directions above for the final part.
Note: If you are travelling from Hermanus, you would first travel to Stellenbosch and then follow the above directions.
These three luxurious, airy rooms (52sqm) have stunning views over the Cederberg. Each offers plenty of wood and natural textures. Cosy window seats invite you to relax with a good book or simply contemplate the glorious mountain views. In summer, air-conditioning ensures a serene night’s sleep. In winter you can curl up with a glass of wine around the wood-burning fireplace.
Enjoy the beautiful free-standing bath with its expansive view. The generous indoor shower leads out to an outdoor shower with mountain views. In front is a charming stone terrace offering both sun and shade.
The three Superior suites are a little larger (64sqm) and enjoy the same décor and facilities as the Luxury suites. Extra touches are a large walk-through shower and larger decks,
The Superior Honeymoon Suite (67 sqm)has a separate sitting room and generous terrace. It’s ideal for those seeking a little more space. (Or we can add an extra bed there if you have a child or teenager with you.) It can also be combined with an adjacent Luxury suite to make a two-bedroom villa for families or friends. (It shares a covered foyer.)
Superior Suites with pool
The two Superior Pool suites have that extra level of privacy. They enjoy the same décor and The Superior Pool suites have that extra level of privacy. They enjoy the same décor and facilities as the Superior suites. But with an extended terrace which incorporates a sleep-out platform (with queen bed) and a small plunge pool, heated with a wood-burner in winter.
The sleep-out bed can be used as a daybed or as an after-dinner star-gazing bed. Or for the true romantics, there is nothing better than sleeping outside under the stars. (With the option to retreat indoors when-ever you wish.)
The plunge pool comes with a Kolkol wood-burner, so that you can use it as a hot tub in the cooler months (especially autumn and spring). And as a refreshing plunge pool in summer.
Note: One is operational from October 2021, second is from November 2021
The two classic rooms are perfect for those who like to be close to the action. These elegant rooms (32 sqm) are in the main homestead. Each have a full en suite bathroom with bath, shower and double vanity.
The Classic View room opens onto the main stoep with views over the garden and towards the Mountains. It has an enclosed toilet.
The Classic Courtyard room is our entry-level room. Please note that it does not have a view of the mountains. It overlooks the quiet courtyard with views to the west. However this room is ideal for frail people with a walk-in shower with a ledge seat and a toilet in the bathroom.
|Classic Room Facilities||Suite Facilities|
|King-size bed or Twins||All facilities of Classic Rooms plus:|
|Air-conditioning||Much larger in size|
|Seating area – both inside and out||Large terrace with built-in day bed|
|Minibar with drinks||Wood-burning fireplace|
|Coffee and tea-making facilities||Outdoor shower|
|Desk||Views of the mountains|
|Bath, shower, double vanity and toilet|
|Complimentary eco-friendly amenities|
|Underfloor heating||Superior with Pool|
|Bathrobes||All facilities of other suites plus:|
|Hairdryer||Queen-sized day bed (for sleep-outs)|
|Electric blankets for winter (not needed much)||Wood-fired (heated) private plunge pool|
|Mini-safe for storing valuables|
|Laundry service – laundry bag in room|
|Portable fan (on request only)|
Lodge Facilities & Good to Know
- Main lodge with sitting room, bar, library and restaurant
- Complimentary Wi-Fi in rooms and in main guest areas
- Convivial bar
- Restaurant with wall of glass overlooking the mountains
- Alfresco dining on the deck
- Library with fireplace, books, board games and Smart TV (mainly for sports fixtures)
- Swimming pool and pool terrace within indigenous garden
- Small heated swimming pool (ideal for Autumn and Spring)
- Seated Fire-pit
- Spa with relaxation room and double treatment room
- Wide range of activities and excursions on offer
- Various walking and mountain bike trails on the farm
- Small curio shop
We take older kids from 6 years upwards as we feel that Cederberg Ridge and the farm are the perfect environment for older kids.
The reserve offers the perfect location to discover and immerse your child into a wilderness wonderland.
Generally our rugged mountain environment is not ideal for very young kids, as we don’t have child-minding facilities. Cederberg Ridge welcomes children from 6 years and upwards.
Fill your days with walks on the farm or in the mountains, or swimming & tubing on the Clanwilliam dam in summer. Kids also love visiting the farm. At the lodge itself, you can make the most of the swimming pool, croquet and board games.
There are no TVs in the rooms. But there is a Smart TV in the library if it’s a rainy day. Or if your children want to escape the restaurant before you do.
Children (6 to 11 years) pay 50% of per person sharing rate if sharing with parents. Teenagers (12 to 17 years) pay 75% of the per person sharing rate if accommodated on an extra bed/ But ONLY in the below room types.
The following rooms can take extra children of six and older:
- Luxury Suites can accommodate one extra child (6-11 years) on the window seat which can be converted into a bed. (It is 175cm by 85cm so slightly smaller than a regular bed).
- One Superior suite can accommodate one extra child (6-11 years) on the window seat as above. Plus an extra bed can be placed in the sitting room for a child or teenager.
- Superior Pool Suites (coming Oct/Nov 2021) can also accommodate one extra child (6-11 years) on the window seat. (It is 175cm by 85cm so slightly smaller than a regular bed). One suite can also accommodate one child/teenager up to 17 on a sleeper couch.
Six rooms are adjacent to each other, sharing a covered outside foyer (One Superior/Superior Pool and One Luxury). We recommend families with older children/teenagers may like to request these. Please note that children occupying their own rooms pay adult rates.
OUR LocaL PROMOTIONAL
As a means of thanks for your on-going support, we have extended our Local is Lekker rate to 15 December 2022.
|Per Person Sharing||Valid until 15 December 2022|
|Dinner, B&B (DBB)||R2,050|
|Full Board & Activities (FBA)||R2,895|
|SUPERIOR POOL SUITE|
Singles – 33% supplement on the Per Person Sharing rate shown above
DBB – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, FBA – Full Board & Activities (see below for more info)
The Cederberg is NOT a malarial area but there are mosquitos in the summer months from late Sept to April. So we recommend anti-mosquito repellent around dusk, outside in summer. There are no other health issues here.
The sun can be strong so use a hat and sunscreen.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Should I choose DBB or FBA at Cederberg Ridge?
Do you take children?
What’s the ideal length of stay?
Is there wifi?
Get in Contact
Managers Leisha and Craig Parsons
Lodge telephone number: 027 470 0136
Reservations: +27 87 151 4520