Cederberg Wilderness Area
The Cederberg Heritage Route (CHR) is a Voluntary Association Not-For-Gain that has the principal objective of promoting sustainable eco-tourism in the Cederberg region, incorporating fields of interest such as hiking, flora and fauna, geology, botany, rock art, history, culture, heritage and archaeology. An important component of its activities is the establishment of multi-day hiking trails in the Cederberg that incorporate guided rock art walks and the use of the traditional donkey carts of the area. See the Donkey Cart Adventures section below.
The trails wind through the Cederberg Wilderness, which was recently proclaimed one of eight World Heritage Sites within the Cape Floristic Region, and through the adjacent mountainous areas and villages of the extensive property of the Moravian Church. En route you will see the rare and endangered Clanwilliam cedar, pristine fynbos vegetation including reeds, proteas and ericas, as well as endemics such as tolbos, perdekop and spiderbush. If you are lucky you may come across klipspringer, grey rhebuck and perhaps the footprint of the elusive Cape mountain leopard.
For more information on the Cederberg Heritage Route and the hiking trails visit www.cedheroute.co.za
A large part of the Cederberg region is a designated Wilderness Area and thus remains one of the most undisturbed parts of South Africa. The rugged terrain, few and rather poor roads and limited overnight accommodation have preserved most of this beautiful region for campers willing to carry heavy backpacks and rough it in the wild. However, the hiking trails of the Cederberg Heritage Route now make this beautiful area more accessible for the less hardy hiker.
Donkey Cart Adventures
Experience the rich biodiversity and cultural assets of the Cederberg from a traditional donkey cart.
Today Heuningvlei is one of fourteen outposts of the Moravian Mission Church at Wupperthal, the successor to the Rhenish Missionary Society. Twentyfive families are currently living here, mainly involved in subsistence farming, planting sugar beans, potatoes and sweet potatoes. The community is also renowned for using traditional methods to produce dried fruit and for organically cultivating Rooibos tea.
The farm infrastructure dates back to the 1830’s. The old farrier was later converted to a school and eventually became the teacher’s residence. Today it is the Abrahams’ home and part of a unique architectural heritage.
Reservations & Information
For hiking trail and donkey cart reservations, or for more information, contact Cedarberg African Travel.
Tel: (027) 482 2444
Fax: (027)482 1420
Use the map or list to select a reserve
1. Cederberg Wilderness Area
2. Bird Island Nature Reserve
3. Rocherpan Nature Reserve
4. Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area
5. Limietberg Nature Reserve
6. Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
7. Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve
8. Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve
9. Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve
10. Marloth Nature Reserve
11. Kogelberg Nature Reserve
12. Walker Bay Nature Reserve
13. Salmonsdam Nature Reserve
14. De Mond Nature Reserve
15. De Hoop Nature Reserve
16. Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve
17. Boosmansbos Wilderness Area
18. Anysberg Nature Reserve
19. Swartberg Nature Reserve
20. Gamkaberg Nature Reserve
Garden Route and Little Karoo
21. Outeniqua Nature Reserve
22. Goukamma Nature Reserve
23. Keurbooms River Nature Reserve
24. Robberg Nature Reserve
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