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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.

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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

Our Food Philosophy

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.

We are passionate about the art of homemade goodness and goodies. Our chef creates a daily symphony of freshly baked bread, including delectable croissants and Danish pastries, and an array of mouthwatering treats, from sausages to macaroons and gelato.

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. Additionally, 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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Welcome to our Ultimate Guide to the Cederberg!

Nestled in the rugged beauty of South Africa's Western Cape, the Cederberg is a destination like no other. We have first hand experience on this rich cultural, and historic destination, from our luxurious Cederberg Ridge lodge overlooking the natural fynbos area of our 3,000h farm with the Cederberg Wilderness Reserve beyond.

This comprehensive guide will take you on a journey through this ancient land, from its towering sandstone cliffs to its hidden rock art sites, offering everything you need to know to plan your perfect adventure with us. Whether you're a nature lover, a history buff, or simply seeking a luxurious retreat into the wild, the Cederberg has something for everyone. So, pack your bags and get ready to explore this enchanting region with us!

Location

The Cederberg is located in the Western Cape province of South Africa, approximately 300 kilometers north of Cape Town. It is a vast wilderness area that forms part of the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site renowned for its biodiversity and stunning landscapes. The Cederberg mountains stretch for about 50 kilometers north-south and 20 kilometers east-west, offering visitors a rugged and scenic destination to explore.

Geographical features and landscapes of the Cederberg

The Cederberg region is renowned for its diverse and captivating geographical features and landscapes, which make it a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Here are some of the key geographical features and landscapes of the Cederberg:

1. Sandstone Formations

The Cederberg is characterized by its towering sandstone cliffs, which have been sculpted over millions of years by wind and water erosion. These formations create a dramatic and picturesque backdrop throughout the region.

2. Mountain Ranges

The Cederberg Mountains themselves are a prominent feature of the landscape, stretching for about 50 kilometers north-south and 20 kilometers east-west. These rugged mountains offer stunning panoramic views and countless opportunities for hiking and exploration.

3. Rock Formations and Outcrops

The area is dotted with fascinating rock formations and outcrops, including iconic landmarks like the Maltese Cross and the Wolfberg Arch. These natural wonders are popular attractions for visitors and provide excellent opportunities for photography.

4. Gorges and Valleys

Deep gorges and valleys carve their way through the Cederberg landscape, offering secluded havens of tranquility and beauty. Some notable examples include the Maalgat and the Middelberg Waterfall.

5. Rivers and Waterfalls

The Cederberg is crisscrossed by rivers and streams, which flow through verdant valleys and rocky gorges. These waterways are home to picturesque waterfalls, such as the Sevilla Rock Art Trail waterfall and the Middelberg Waterfall, providing refreshing spots to cool off during hikes.

6. Fynbos and Flora

The Cederberg is part of the Cape Floral Region, a biodiversity hotspot known for its unique flora and fauna. The region is covered in a blanket of fynbos vegetation, which includes a wide variety of plant species, many of which are endemic to the area.

7. Wildlife

While exploring the Cederberg, visitors may encounter a range of wildlife, including small mammals like rock hyraxes and dassies, as well as bird species such as the Cape sugarbird and the Verreaux's eagle.

8. Caves and Overhangs

The Cederberg is home to numerous caves and overhangs, some of which contain ancient rock art painted by the San and Khoi peoples thousands of years ago. These rock art sites provide a fascinating glimpse into the region's rich cultural heritage.

From its towering cliffs and rugged mountains to its hidden valleys and ancient rock art sites, the Cederberg offers a wealth of geographical features and landscapes just waiting to be explored.

Climate & Weather Patterns

The climate of the Cederberg region is characterized by its semi-arid conditions, with hot summers and cold winters. Here's a breakdown of the climate and weather patterns you can expect in the Cederberg:

Summer (December to February):

  • Temperature: Summer temperatures in the Cederberg can soar, with daytime highs often reaching into the mid-30s Celsius (mid-90s Fahrenheit).
  • Rainfall: This season typically experiences very little rainfall, with occasional thunderstorms bringing short bursts of precipitation. However, these storms are usually isolated and do not significantly affect overall rainfall levels.

Autumn (March to May):

  • Temperature: Autumn brings cooler temperatures compared to summer, with daytime highs ranging from the mid-teens to mid-20s Celsius (high 50s to mid-70s Fahrenheit).
  • Rainfall: Rainfall increases slightly during autumn, although it remains relatively low overall. This season may see some light showers, particularly towards the end of May.

Winter (June to August):

  • Temperature: Winters in the Cederberg are cold, with daytime temperatures averaging between 10 to 20 degrees Celsius (50 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit). Nighttime temperatures can drop below freezing, especially at higher elevations.
  • Rainfall: Winter is the rainy season in the Cederberg, with the majority of the region's annual rainfall occurring during this time. However, rainfall amounts can vary greatly from year to year, and some winters may be drier than others.

Spring (September to November):

  • Temperature: Spring brings gradually warming temperatures, with daytime highs increasing from the low to mid-20s Celsius (mid-70s to low 80s Fahrenheit).
  • Rainfall: Rainfall begins to decrease in spring as the region transitions into the dry season. Showers become less frequent, although the occasional spring rainstorm is still possible.

Other Considerations:

  • Wind: The Cederberg region can be windy, particularly during the summer months. Strong south-easterly winds, known locally as the Cape Doctor, are common in summer and can bring relief from the heat but may also make outdoor activities challenging.
  • Altitude: The Cederberg's varied topography results in temperature variations depending on altitude. Higher elevations tend to be cooler than lower-lying areas, especially at night.

Overall, the Cederberg's climate is characterized by its dryness, with rainfall being relatively low throughout the year. Visitors should be prepared for hot summers, cold winters, and the possibility of sudden changes in weather, particularly during the transition seasons of autumn and spring.

Must-see Attractions & Recommended Experiences

The Cederberg region is brimming with natural wonders, cultural treasures, and outdoor adventures. Here are some must-see attractions that should be on every visitor's itinerary:

1. Rock Art Sites:

  • Stadsaal Caves: Explore this remarkable cave complex adorned with ancient San rock art, depicting scenes of daily life, spiritual rituals, and the region's wildlife.
  • Truitjieskraal: Discover the fascinating rock art panels at Truitjieskraal, showcasing intricate depictions of animals, hunters, and geometric patterns.

2. Rock Formations and Hiking Trails:

  • Maltese Cross: Hike to this iconic sandstone formation, resembling its namesake, for panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
  • Wolfberg Arch: Embark on a challenging hike to witness the awe-inspiring natural arch, carved by millennia of wind and water erosion.
  • Dwarsrivier Valley Trails: Explore a network of hiking trails offering breathtaking vistas, pristine wilderness, and opportunities for wildlife sightings.

3. Waterfalls and Swimming Holes:

  • Middelberg Waterfall: Take a scenic hike to this picturesque waterfall, cascading into a crystal-clear pool ideal for a refreshing dip.
  • Maalgat: Relax at this tranquil swimming hole nestled in a rocky gorge, surrounded by rugged cliffs and lush vegetation.

4. Outdoor Adventures:

  • Rock Climbing: Test your skills on the challenging sandstone cliffs and boulders scattered throughout the Cederberg, with routes suitable for climbers of all levels.
  • Mountain Biking: Traverse rugged terrain and scenic trails on a mountain biking adventure, immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the region.
  • Wildflower Viewing: Visit in spring to witness the spectacular display of wildflowers carpeting the landscape, including numerous endemic species found only in the Cape Floral Kingdom.

5. Rooibos Tea Farms:

Rooibos Route: Discover the origins of South Africa's beloved herbal tea by touring Rooibos farms and learning about the cultivation and processing of this indigenous plant.

6. Cederberg Observatory:

Cederberg Observatory: Explore the night sky at this remote observatory, where clear, dark skies offer unparalleled views of stars, planets, and celestial phenomena.

7. Wine Tasting:

Cederberg Wine Estates: Sample award-winning wines amidst breathtaking mountain scenery, visiting boutique wineries known for producing exceptional cool-climate varietals.

8. Camping and Stargazing:

Kromrivier Campsite: Pitch your tent or book a chalet at this rustic campsite, offering access to scenic hiking trails and pristine night skies perfect for stargazing.

9. Cedarberg Wilderness Area:

Cedarberg Wilderness Area: Immerse yourself in the unspoiled beauty of this protected wilderness area, home to diverse flora and fauna, ancient rock formations, and secluded hiking trails.

Planning Your Trip to the Cederberg

Getting to the Cederberg from Cape Town is relatively straightforward, whether you're driving yourself or using public transportation. Here are the most common methods:

1. Self-Driving:

  • Route: From Cape Town, take the N1 highway north towards Paarl.
  • Continue on the N7: Follow the N1 until it merges with the N7 highway. Stay on the N7, heading north towards Citrusdal.
  • Drive to Clanwilliam: Continue on the N7 past Citrusdal until you reach Clanwilliam, a charming town at the gateway to the Cederberg.
  • Follow Signs: In Clanwilliam, follow signs directing you to the Cederberg Wilderness Area or your specific destination within the region.

2. Public Transportation:

  • Bus: Several bus companies operate routes from Cape Town to Clanwilliam, the main town near the Cederberg. You can check schedules and book tickets online or at the bus terminals in Cape Town.
  • Train: While there isn't a direct train route to the Cederberg, you can take a train from Cape Town to stations closer to Clanwilliam, such as Piketberg or Klawer. From there, you can arrange for a taxi or shuttle service to take you the rest of the way.
  • Shuttle Services: Some companies offer shuttle services from Cape Town to the Cederberg. These services may be more convenient if you prefer not to drive yourself.

Tips for Travel:

  • Distance: The distance from Cape Town to Clanwilliam is approximately 230 to 250 kilometers, depending on your exact destination within the Cederberg.
  • Travel Time: The drive from Cape Town to Clanwilliam typically takes around 2.5 to 3 hours by car, depending on traffic and road conditions.
  • Road Conditions: Most of the route is on well-maintained highways, but some sections may have narrower roads or sharp bends, especially as you get closer to the Cederberg.
  • Supplies: It's a good idea to stock up on supplies, including food, water, and fuel, before heading into the Cederberg, as amenities may be limited once you're in the more remote areas.
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Whether you choose to drive yourself or use public transportation, the journey to the Cederberg is part of the adventure, offering stunning scenery and the promise of unforgettable experiences awaiting you in this ruggedly beautiful region.

Accomodation: The Benefits of Staying at Cederberg Ridge

Staying at Cederberg Ridge offers a harmonious blend of luxury, adventure, and serenity, making it an ideal retreat for travelers seeking an immersive experience in the rugged beauty of the Cederberg region. From the moment guests arrive, they are greeted with warm hospitality and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, setting the stage for a truly unforgettable stay.

The lodge's stylish and comfortable accommodations provide a tranquil haven where guests can relax and rejuvenate after a day of exploration, while gourmet dining experiences showcase the flavors of the region. Expert-led excursions and activities offer opportunities for adventure and discovery, whether hiking through pristine wilderness, immersing in local culture, or indulging in wellness treatments at the spa.

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With a commitment to sustainability and environmental conservation, Cederberg Ridge ensures that guests can enjoy their stay while minimizing their ecological footprint. Ultimately, staying at Cederberg Ridge promises an enriching and memorable experience, where guests can create cherished moments amidst the natural splendor of the Cederberg.

Recommended length of stay at our Cederberg Ridge Lodge

We recommend a minimum stay of 2-3 nights at our Cederberg Ridge lodge for the full experience. Cederberg Ridge embodies the genuine charm of a contemporary African farmhouse.

Its welcoming interiors feature vaulted ceilings, wooden beams, and natural textures, creating a sense of spaciousness and lightness. Expansive French windows lead out to a spacious covered stoep and dining deck, offering picturesque views of the garden and the majestic mountains stretching beyond.

Packing Essentials for Your Trip to the Cederberg

When preparing for your trip to the Cederberg, it's essential to pack thoughtfully to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience in this ruggedly beautiful region. Here are some packing essentials to consider:

Clothing:

  • Layered Clothing: Temperatures in the Cederberg can vary widely, especially between day and night. Pack lightweight, breathable layers that you can easily add or remove as needed.
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: Whether you're hiking the trails or exploring the rock formations, sturdy and comfortable walking shoes are a must.
  • Hat and Sunglasses: Protect yourself from the sun's rays with a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Rain Gear: While rainfall in the Cederberg is relatively low, it's always a good idea to pack a waterproof jacket or poncho, especially if you're visiting during the winter months.

Outdoor Gear:

  • Daypack: Carry a lightweight daypack to hold essentials such as water, snacks, sunscreen, and a camera while exploring the outdoors.
  • Hiking Gear: If you plan to hike, pack a map, compass or GPS device, first aid kit, and any necessary hiking gear such as trekking poles or a hydration system.

Personal Items:

  • Sunscreen and Insect Repellent: Protect your skin from the sun's UV rays and ward off pesky insects with high-quality sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated during your adventures by bringing along a reusable water bottle that you can refill at the lodge or from natural water sources.
  • Personal Medications: Don't forget to pack any prescription medications or personal medical supplies you may need during your stay.

Miscellaneous:

  • Camera or Binoculars: Capture the stunning scenery and wildlife of the Cederberg with a camera or binoculars.
  • Travel Guidebook or Map: Bring along a guidebook or map of the Cederberg to help you navigate the region and discover its hidden gems.
  • Cash and Credit Cards: While some establishments may accept card payments, it's always a good idea to carry some cash for small purchases or in case of emergencies.

Optional Items:

  • Swimwear: If you plan to visit waterfalls or swimming holes, pack swimwear and a towel for a refreshing dip.

Sustainability Tip:

  • Reusable Eco-Friendly Products: Consider bringing reusable items such as a travel mug, utensils, and eco-friendly toiletries to minimize waste and reduce your environmental impact during your trip.

By packing these essentials and considering the unique characteristics of the Cederberg region, you'll be well-prepared to embark on an unforgettable adventure amidst the breathtaking landscapes and natural wonders of this South African gem.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Cederberg

What is the best time to visit the Cederberg?

The best time to visit the Cederberg is during the spring and autumn months (September to November and March to May), when temperatures are mild, wildflowers are in bloom, and rainfall is minimal. However, the region can be visited year-round, with each season offering its own unique attractions and experiences.

Are there hiking trails suitable for beginners in the Cederberg?

Yes, there are hiking trails in the Cederberg that cater to hikers of all levels, including beginners. Trails like the Algeria and Dwarsrivier Valley Trails offer relatively easy walks with scenic views and opportunities to explore the natural beauty of the region without requiring advanced hiking skills.

Is it possible to see rock art in the Cederberg?

Yes, the Cederberg is home to numerous rock art sites dating back thousands of years, created by the indigenous San and Khoi peoples. Visitors can explore these ancient artworks at sites such as the Stadsaal Caves, Truitjieskraal, and Sevilla Rock Art Trail, which offer glimpses into the rich cultural heritage of the region.

What wildlife can be found in the Cederberg?

The Cederberg is home to a variety of wildlife, including small mammals like rock hyraxes, dassies, and mongoose, as well as bird species such as the Cape sugarbird, Verreaux's eagle, and various species of raptors. While wildlife sightings are common, it's important to remember that the Cederberg is a wilderness area, and encounters with larger animals like leopards are rare.

Are there accommodation options available in the Cederberg?

Yes, there are several accommodation options available in the Cederberg, ranging from luxury lodges and boutique guesthouses to campsites and self-catering cottages. Popular choices include Cederberg Ridge Lodge

What activities can I do in the Cederberg besides hiking?

In addition to hiking, visitors to the Cederberg can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including mountain biking, rock climbing, birdwatching, stargazing, swimming in natural pools, and exploring local towns and cultural sites. Guided tours and excursions are also available for those seeking immersive experiences in the region.

Is it safe to visit the Cederberg?

Yes, the Cederberg is generally considered a safe destination for travelers. However, it's always important to exercise caution and adhere to safety guidelines, especially when hiking or participating in outdoor activities. Be sure to stay on marked trails, carry plenty of water, and let someone know your itinerary if venturing into remote areas.

Can I visit the Cederberg as a day trip from Cape Town?

While it's possible to visit the Cederberg as a day trip from Cape Town, it's recommended to spend at least one night in the region to fully experience all that it has to offer. With its scenic beauty, outdoor adventures, and cultural attractions, the Cederberg is best explored at a leisurely pace over multiple days.

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Simbavati Cederberg Ridge owner, Kate Bergh, shares the benefits to selecting our Full Board and Activities option

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When Simbavati Cederberg Ridge opened its doors, we naturally wanted to accommodate people who were passing through the Cederberg, as well as those coming to spend a few days at our wilderness lodge. So we offered a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast rate.

However, this does not suit most guests best, and many of them don't realise it until they stay. If you're staying for longer than 1 night and planning on enjoying some activities while you take in the Cederberg splendour, the Full Board and Activities option is ideal.

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Benefits of booking Full Board & Activities

  • It’s the best value for money, if you plan on doing excursions during your stay rather than to book Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and pay for activities and lunch when you arrive
  • You get first choice in the activities
  •  There is less to pay when you’re on holiday, as you’ve paid more in advance. (We even have a drinks supplement so that you can pay for that ahead of time as well, if you wish)
  • Some Value Adds are included in the Full Board and Activity rate, such as the complimentary use of E-Bikes and ad hoc yoga classes
  • We take care of your stay. You don’t have to research what there is to do in the area. Simply select which planned activities you feel like doing each day. Fewer decisions makes for more down-time
  • The extra cost of booking Full Board and Activities is much less if you stay for 3 or 4 nights. Our long stay offers are 50% off your 3rd night's stay or stay 4 nights but only pay for 3 nights
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Linger a little longer

The lodge is an inviting place to relax and unwind. The Cederberg beckons to be explored and the views are an allure to stay and breathe for a while. That’s why we encourage longer stays of 3 nights or more.

Though we have enough activities to entertain guests for 4 night stays or longer, we will gladly swap out a morning or afternoon activity for a 30 minute treatment in the spa.

Valid for stays of 3+ nights only. 

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Nestled in the heart of the Cederberg Mountain range, one of the richest areas for rock art in Southern Africa, remarkable rock art created by the San people has stood the test of time for approximately 2000 years, if not more. These ancient paintings have captured the imaginations of all who encounter them. Most of the artwork can be found along river and stream beds, where rocky outcrops with protective overhangs offered temporary shelter. While there's a resemblance among paintings across the Western Cape, each site tells a unique story through its images and depictions. In the Cederberg area alone, an estimated 1000 or more such sites exist.

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A Glimpse into History

One of these fascinating sites, the Sevilla Rock Art Trail, lies in close proximity to Simbavati Cederberg Ridge. These paintings are a window into the past, as the San people shared their narrative through these captivating artworks. 

One might wonder how experts have managed to date these paintings on rock surfaces. While the San left no written records, some paintings feature wagons, sailing ships, and men on horseback. These elements can be dated roughly to the past 300 years. The most accurate dating method involves examining loose stones found in cave litter, which can be precisely dated. However, this still doesn't clarify whether the stones were painted on long before that time. It remains an intriguing enigma.

The Rock Art

The San people utilised a wide spectrum of colours, from black and white to red, yellow, blue, and even green. Researchers who engaged with surviving San individuals discovered that pigments were crafted from a mixture of earth ochres, clay, ash, and bird droppings. To bind these pigments, urine, blood (likely from animals they hunted), egg whites, and plant sap acted as fixatives. Black "tar" derived from Dassie (Rock Hyraxes) middens, serving as a lavatory, was also employed.

Application methods varied, with the San using fingers, sticks, feathers, and animal hair to create their masterpieces. The precision and finesse of the lines within the paintings suggest a sophisticated technique for brushwork, resulting in astonishingly straight lines.

Sevilla Rock Art Tour

Guests at Simbavati Cederberg Ridge have the opportunity to witness these remarkable paintings firsthand on the guided Sevilla Rock Art Tour. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you along the trail, answering questions and providing an up-close experience with these historical paintings.

The images shared here are just a glimpse of what awaits on the Sevilla Rock Art Trail, with many more paintings to discover. Yet, it's not just about the art; the trail also unveils breathtaking scenery and, after rain, a series of enchanting waterfalls on the mountainsides. 

Discover more at https://www.simbavati.com/lodges/cederberg-ridge/

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Getting There

Simbavati 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).

We can also arrange transfers from Cape Town or the Winelands. Contact Reservations for the latest rates.

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. 

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. 

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 & Unique Features

  • Spacious suites with indoor & outdoor showers and large terrace
  • Large swimming pool and pool terrace within indigenous garden overlooking the mountain panorama
  • Romantic sleep-out option on your terrace
  • Set on 3 000 ha farm with walking & mountain bike trails
  • Overlooks the Cederberg Wilderness Reserve
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Small curio shop

Families

We take older kids from 8 years upwards, (and sometimes 6 or 7 years only with prior arrangement), 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.

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 (8 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 eight and older:

  • Luxury Suites can accommodate one extra child (8-11 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 (8-11 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 can also accommodate one extra child (8-11 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.

We have several rooms where two rooms are adjacent to each other under one roof, sharing a covered outside foyer (One Superior/Superior Pool Suite with One Luxury Suite). We recommend families with older children/teenagers may like to request these. Together these two bedroom units can accommodate up to four adults and 2-3 extra children.

Please note that children occupying their own rooms pay adult rates.

Per Person Sharing01 May 2024
– 31 July 2024
21 Dec 2024
– 05 Jan 2025
06 Jan 2025 – 30 Apr 20251 May 2025 – 31 July 202521 Dec 2025 – 04 Jan 2026
CLASSIC COURTYARD
Full Board &Activities (FBA)R3,575R4,850R4,775R3,875R5,200
CLASSIC VIEW
FBAR3,900R5,150R5,075R4,225R5,500
LUXURY SUITE
FBAR4,400R5,950R5,925R4,775R6,500
SUPERIOR SUITE
FBAR4,625R6,200R6,175R5,050R6,800
SUPERIOR POOL SUITE
FBAR4,850R6,500R6,450R5,300R7,100

Singles – 33% supplement on the Per Person Sharing rate shown above

FINE PRINT

Inclusions

Booking Policy

General Information

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

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Get in Contact

Managers Leisha and Craig Parsons

Lodge telephone number: 027 470 0136

Reservations: +27 87 151 4520