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Cederberg Ridge

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OVERVIEW

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

Romantic Luxury

Luxurious suites with romantic sleep-out option on the terrace

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Wholesome Activities

Perfect base to visit the Cederberg with its rock art, walking and rooibos farms

Great Food

Farm to table foodie destination

ROOMS

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.

Simbavati Cederberg Ridge - bedroom window seat
Cederberg Ridge - bathroom detail

EXPERIENCES

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.

Top Reasons to Visit

FOOD

Culinary delights

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.

Rock ART

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.

Romance

Special Occasions

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.

Private Dining
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.

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REGIONS

Getting There

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.

Luxury Suites

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.

Superior Suites

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

Classic Rooms

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 FacilitiesSuite Facilities
King-size bed or TwinsAll facilities of Classic Rooms plus:
Air-conditioningMuch larger in size
Seating area – both inside and outLarge terrace with built-in day bed
Minibar with drinksWood-burning fireplace
Coffee and tea-making facilitiesOutdoor shower
DeskViews of the mountains
Bath, shower, double vanity and toilet 
Complimentary eco-friendly amenities 
Underfloor heatingSuperior with Pool
BathrobesAll facilities of other suites plus:
HairdryerQueen-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) 
Complimentary Wi-Fi 

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

Families

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.

Child Accommodation

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 DETAILED

2021-22 Rates

Welcome Back Offer until 20 Dec 2021 – Approx 15% off normal rates. Or enquire about our SA Resident Offers for 2021, as well as our flexible booking conditions.

Per Person Sharing 1 Aug to 20 Dec
2021
21 Dec 2021
to 9 Jan 2022
10 Jan to April 2022
Aug to 20 Dec 2022
May to July
2022
21 Dec 2022
to 8 Jan 2023
CLASSIC COURTYARD
Dinner, B&B (DBB)R2 550R2 775R2 700R2 100R2 975
Full Board &Activities (FBA)R3 550R3 875R3 800R3 075R4 175
CLASSIC VIEW
DBBR2 775R3 025R2 950R2 400R3 250
FBAR3 775R4 125R4 050R3 375R4 450
LUXURY SUITE
DBBR3 325R3 650R3 550R2 850R3 900
FBAR4 325R4 750R4 650R3 800R5 100
SUPERIOR SUITE
DBBR3 550 R3 895 R3 750 R3 050 R4 125
FBA R4 550 R4 995 R4 800 R4 000 R5 275
SUPERIOR POOL SUITE
DBB R3 695 R4 075 R3 950 R3 200 R4 350
FBA R4 695 R5 175 R4 975 R4 150 R5 500

Singles – 33% supplement on the Per Person Sharing rate shown above
DBB – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, FBA – Full Board & Activities (see below for more info)

FINE PRINT

Full Board & Activities – All meals, accommodation, complimentary star-gazing, two daily activities or one full day excursion per day. (Seasonal activities vary, but include Rock Art excursions, guided Rooibos Farm tours, Full day Excursions into the Cederberg, Farm Tours, Boating excursions in summer, Guided Walks in Cederberg Wilderness Reserve, Guided Mountain Biking, Sundowner Walks). Also use of mountain bikes, walking and mountain bike trails on the farm, complimentary WiFi.

Half Board – Breakfast & Dinner, accommodation. Use of mountain bikes, self-guided walking and mountain bike trails and complimentary WiFi.

For guests wishing to partake in any activities, it is strongly recommended to book the Full Board & Activities.

Exclusions 

All drinks, spa treatments, return transfers from Cape Town, curio purchases, E-bikes, other items of a personal nature.

Drinks Supplement

R250 per person per night NETT supplement – Includes house wines, beers, ciders, soft drinks, water & local spirits. (Excludes reserve wines, champagne and premium spirits).

Child Policy

We accept children of 6 years and older

6 to 11 years – 50% of sharing rate when sharing with parents in the following room categories.

  • Luxury Suite: 1 child under 12 on a converted window seat
  • Superior Suite (one suite only)- 1 child under 12 on an extra bed
  • Superior Pool Suite: 1 child under 12 on a converted window seat. 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.

Booking Policy

  • All reservations require a 10% deposit upon booking confirmation, to be paid within 7 days.
  • Final payment is due 15 days prior to your arrival (Flexible Covid-19 Policy – see below).
  •  We reserve the right to cancel the booking if deposit or final payment is not received at the appropriate time.
  • For last minute reservations, full payment is required upon confirmation
  •  All requests, confirmations and cancellations are only valid if in writing. Please ensure you receive acknowledgment of cancellation from our Reservations Department.
  • Provisional bookings will only be held for 7 days; or 48 hours within 7 days of arrival or if Reservations specifies due to high demand. Thereafter the booking will automatically be released.
  • We reserve the right to amend/change rates on this website without prior notice. Or to request 2 nights’ minimum stay during our Festive or other Peak seasons.
  • We strongly recommend a minimum stay of 2 nights throughout the year.
  • We accept MasterCard and Visa credit cards. Alternatively, you can settle via EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer). Unfortunately, we don’t accept American Express or Diner’s Club.

 Flexible Covid-19 Cancellation Policy – (valid until 31 December 2022*)

We understand that these are very uncertain times. So we have put flexibility at the heart of everything we do. We want you to feel comfortable booking with Simbavati, knowing that your money is safe if Covid-19 circumstances change

Free cancellation up to 15 days before arrival.

Covid 19 Cancellation Policy

  • Final payment is currently due only 15 days prior to arrival.
  • Up to 15 days prior to arrival: no cancellation fees (Any deposit is refundable, minus bank charges.)
  • Less than 15 days prior to arrival: 90% cancellation fee
  • Please note that a 100% cancellation fee will be charged if you decide to depart early while staying with us.

Last Minute changes (within 15 days) due to Covid-19

We are aware that, occasionally, last-minute changes may be needed due to Covid-19, such a suddenly-imposed ‘travel decree’ or personal covid-19 diagnosis. Please outline the specific circumstances to us.

Please note: In the case of an SA travel ban, an official ban in country of residence, or personal Covid-19 diagnosis, we will offer 100% refund or postponement.

In the case of other personal Covid 19 issues, please chat to us. We are happy to hold your payment as a credit towards future travel.

Please see our detailed Flexibile Covid-19 Policy for more detail.

* We reserve the right to amend the Covid-19 cancellation policy earlier if WHO declares the pandemic is over.

Check-in:

Check-in is from 14:30.

You are welcome to arrive earlier, and make use of our swimming pool or other facilities.

We try to accommodate early arrivals, subject to room availability. Unfortunately this cannot be guaranteed, if the room was occupied on the previous night.

Check-out:

Check-out is prior to 11:00 on the day of departure.

Again, we try to accommodate late check-outs, subject to room availability. Unfortunately this cannot be guaranteed, if the room is booked for the evening. If we are unable to accommodate a late check-out, we will happily store your luggage whilst you enjoy our facilities.

Lunch

The Full Board & Activity/Game drive price includes lunch (served from 1pm to 2.30pm) either on the day of arrival or on departure.

If you wish to have lunch on both arrival and departure days, there will be an extra charge for the second lunch.

No pets allowed

All rooms & suites are non-smoking

However you are welcome to smoke on your terrace or deck. Please request an ashtray. However please be careful to dispose of cigarette snubs as our vegetation is often dry and quick to burn!

Health/Travel

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 chose 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