Mountain bike and hike the Cederberg

Overview

The Cederberg is only 2,5 hours drive from Cape Town. Known for the twisted sandstone formations, towering peaks and delicate Bushman rock art. The solitude and breathtaking beauty will keep you captivated. Get lost in time as you relax in exhilarating peace with its exceptional botanical diversity and being part of The Cape Floral Kingdom. Hike to the well know Maltese Cross. Mountain bike along the base of the Wolfberg Cracks, with the majestic Tafelberg Peak as your backdrop (1969m) Join us and experience the true hospitality of those that live in this wilderness. Wildlife in the area consists of : baboon, dassie, grey rhebuck, klipspringer. Although porcupine, honey badger, Cape clawless otter and aardvark occur here, they are seldom seen. The leopard is the Cederberg's largest predator, and is fairly common although very shy. Smaller predators include African wild cat, caracal, bat-eared fox, aardwolf and Cape fox. This is the perfect getaway to recharge your batteries.

Your Itinerary and abbreviations:
KM = distance cycled by bike/ hiked, AM = altitude climbed by bike, B/L/D/W = meals included (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner)

Day 1.  Wilderness awaits you

Get collected from your accommodation and drive via Wellington and the Baines Kloof Pass. The views over the wine lands are spectacular as you wind your way high above the Witte River as it cuts its way through the valley below. We then drive over the Mitchell Pass before reaching Ceres. Here we stop for lunch and or a refreshment before continuing to the Cederberg. This will be the last of our tarmac driving, soon we hit the gravel for the next three days. We should arrive at our accommodation early afternoon and in time for a swim and sun downer. Our base for the next three nights is a relaxed “A-frame” tented camp in a green Oasis in the heart of the Cederberg. L/D

Day 2.  Hike the Maltese Cross and visit the Bushman paintings 

We leave our base after breakfast. A short drive takes us to Sandrift, a wine farm (the highest above sea level in South Africa) known for its private cellar and brewery and the start of our hike. The hike is not difficult at all, 7km and takes approximately 3 – 4 hours. We do a picnic lunch in the shade of the Maltese Cross before heading back to our vehicle and drive to the Bushman painting at Stadsaal, but first we get to taste these golden drops of the cederberg. If you Geocache then let us know smiley  KM: 7km B/L/D/W

Day 3.  A wilderness MTB experience

Today you can decide on one of three biking options, but first we have breakfast, after which we go play in the Berg

Your mountain biking options are these:

  1. A mixture of jeep track with a few sandy sections, single trail through some awe inspiring sandstone rock formations which follows the base of the mountain below “The Cracks” (one of the hiking highlights but unfortunately closed till further notice) This route is for the more experienced mountain biker with technical experience. KM: 27, AM: 560m B/L/D
  2. A circular gravel road route, leaving from our accommodation and routeing via the Kromrevier Pass to return to our base. This route will give you a true perspective and the beauty the Cederberg has to offer KM: 29, AM: 525
  3. This is the easiest of our three routes: We drive a short distance to  and the start of our cycle route. Our routeing starts with gravel roads but then before long we switch to all terrain rough track which winds its way through a landscape of protea brush and later weaving our way through some delicate sandstone rock formation before returning to the main road and return to the start
     KM: 16, AM: 120 B/L/D

Day 4. Return to the Mother City

We leave after breakfast heading north via Algeria and the Uitkyk Pass, the view down into the valley below are ideal for the avid photographer wishing to capture that special shot. Or even the interested geocacher will have their fun. Keep your eyes open for the elusive black (Verreaux's) eagle. The drive through this section of the Cederberg will leave you captivated
You have the option to visit a Rooibos Tea plantation and conduct a guided tour with a visit to the processing plant and of course a tea tasting afterwards. This needs to be booked at the time of you making your reservation (dependent on availability)  We then make our way back to Cape Town and do lunch on the fly in one of the many towns B/L

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Leopard camera trap.. conservation trying to map and ID individual's
The highlights
* Hike the Maltese Cross
* Mountain biking
* Bushman art
* Sandstone formation
* Wine tasting
* Rooibos Tea tour
Is this for you ?
If you answer yes to these questions, then this break away is for you:

*
Appreciate the wilderness ?
* Like to rough it slightly but still have your comforts ?
* Appreciate solitude, wide open spaces and blue sky country ?
* Get off the beaten track
* Bushman art 
* Hike
* Mountain bike
* Bird watching
What is included
* Collection and drop off from your accommodation
* Transfer in an air conditioned vehicle with your driver/ guide
* Three meals a day
* All entrance permits for the program
* Water, energy bars and isotonic powder for the hike and bike
* Qualified driver/ guide
What is not included
* Drinks of personal nature
* Tips and gratuities
* Bike rental
 
Prices Valid for...

1st Feb 2018   -   31st Aug 2018  

Group Size
Per Person
Single Supplement   
2
R9,000.00
R150.00   
3
R7,000.00
R150.00   
4 - 8
R6,500.00
R150.00   
   Available on request
   Mountain bike
 
R1,000.00   

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