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Cederberg Conservation Area

Cederberg Conservation Area



+27 (0) 21 483 0190



Poaching Hotline:

+27 (0) 8600 10111


Size:  27,500 ha / 275 km2

Nearest major city:  Cape Town (2h45 approx by car)

Species Numbers:  69 Mammals        225 Birds        46 Reptiles

Big Five:  No


  • - Malaria-free
  • - Good network of hiking trails
  • - Spectacular mountain scenery
  • - Greatest collection of San rock art in the Western Cape

The Cederberg Conservation Area is a spectacular mountainous region of 162,000 hectares, which forms part of the greater Cape Fold Belt mountains. It is popular for hiking, climbing, swimming in the crystal clear rivers (in the summer!), 4x4ing, relaxing and visiting the old mission villages of Wupperthal and Heuningvlei.

It is a botanists’ paradise, and has been declared a World Heritage site because of the incredible diversity of the Cape flora found here, as well as for the Succulent Karoo flowers that appear in spring every year. (The area is also known for the endemic snow protea found only on the highest peaks.) There are spectacular hikes to well-known landmarks such as the Maltese Cross, the Wolfberg Cracks and Wofberg Arch. Cederberg can also claim to host the most rock art in the world, per square kilometre, including such sites as the Stadsaal Cave.