• Bitten by the whale watching bug Bitten by the whale watching bug We don’t realise how lucky we are in South Africa, and in particular the Western Cape, to have the mightiest of the marine mammals visit our coastline between every year ...
  • The Whale Trail The Whale Trail The Whale Trail is not a new trail, having been around since about 2002, but it has become extremely popular. It is truly a unique experience, perhaps comparable with ...
  • 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa Combine your trip to South Africa with a relaxing, revitalising visit to a health spa and experience Africa at it's finest. Our favourite 10 Pamper-Perfect Spas in South Africa are ...
  • Locals share their favourite getaways Locals share their favourite getaways We ask 30 local South Africans to share their favourite holiday destinations and getaways with us. From the more popular destinations like Knysna and the Kruger Park to ...
  • The Oude Skip hike The Oude Skip hike The Oude Skip walk shares portions of its hike with the larger Karbonkelberg Traverse, which is roughly seven hours of hard walk from Hout Bay harbour to Llandudno ...
  • 10 Amazing Game Lodges 10 Amazing Game Lodges South Africa is world renowned for her game reserves and wildlife. The lodges which allow us to experience these in luxury are no less awe inspiring. Our favourites are ...
  • 101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town 101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town As much as your kids will tell you they can’t wait for the school holidays, the words "I’m bored" inevitably cross their lips. Our "101 things to do with kids in Cape Town" will ...
  • "World's most beautiful Cities" "World's most beautiful Cities" Open space makes Cape Town special. Renowned English sea navigator Sir Francis Drake once referred to Cape Town as the fairest cape in the world. The city houses the ...

Find Accommodation in South Africa
Subscribe to our Feed
Posted on: Thursday, 29 August 2013

The Cederberg for Romantics

Send to Kindle

Are you looking for a beautiful, secluded place to escape with your other half for the weekend?  With the promise of a majestic mountain range, rooibos farms, citrus orchards and starry nights, the Cederberg is a winner and only two hours drive from Cape Town. Here are some things to do as a couple…

 

Cederberg
Photograph: Hiking in the Cederberg with friends

Scenic Walks

Majority of the Cedarberg is a designated Wilderness area and falls within the Cape Floral Kingdom. During the flower season, you’ll see the brightest blooms and at any given time you can view incredible rock formations and bushman rock art (see photo below).  Picnic beside waterfalls and in the summer, enjoy a swim in one of the rock pools in the rivers or go on a rooibos farm safari. Choose one of these well-known trails; Maltese Cross, Wolfberg Cracks and Pakhuis circular walk. One thing’s for sure, you’ll find peace and quiet in this area. Keep your eyes open for porcupine, honeybadger, clawless otter, klipspringers and duikers.

Go Canoeing

Nothing encourages bonding like having to work together and synchronise your strokes in a canoe. Rent one and go paddling on the Clanwilliam dam. In summer, it can get extremely hot, so try going later in the day just before sunset to avoid burning and to add a romantic touch to the day.

 

San Rock Art in Cederberg
Photograph: San Rock Art in Cederberg

Donkey Cart trails

Where else can you say you’ve hiked up the mountain on a donkey?  Enjoy a donkey cart trail with your loved and choose between a day trail and an overnight stay. The trail begins at the top of the Pakhuis pass and will include refreshments.

Make a weekend of it…

Stay at the Mount Cedar Lodge on Grootrivier Lodge between the Cedarberg and Koue Bokkeveld Mountain ranges. Spend quality time relaxing in this serene environment or for the more adventurous, mountain climbing. These beautiful cottages overlook at the river and one has a Jacuzzi on a wooden deck.

If you’re keen to stay on a working fruit farm, then Pomegranate Cottage is a lovely choice. You can relax with wonderous views of the Swartland valley from the height of the Olifants River Mountains. It is private and secluded and you can spend hot days swimming in the farm’s dam. You can keep cosy in winter beside the fire and enjoy the indoor braai or grab the canoe on your own private deck on the dam.

 

Cederberg rock pools
Photograph: Cederberg rock pools

Oudrif is another gem to escape to without the kids. You’ll stay in straw bale cottages beside the Doring River perfect for paddling, swimming or sun bathing on deserted beaches. Enjoy romantic dinners and drinks in the boma where you can also star gaze to your delight.

Cederberg Info:

Lauren Manuel McShane

About 

Six continents later, Lauren Manuel McShane still has itchy feet and wanderlust for adventure in all corners of the earth. She recently married the love of her life and together they are traveling the world pausing only to find work, take photos and write. She is currently in Asia and sharing everything about her expat life on The Travel Manuel.

Related Posts:

Tagged:

What Others are Saying

2 comments about The Cederberg for Romantics
  1. August 29th, 2013 at 10:07
    Michelle says:

    I love cederberg, I used to go alot as a kid, its absolutely stunning, definitely the best camping getaway I have ever been on!

  2. September 3rd, 2013 at 21:33
    Amelia_Voxate says:

    Such unique vegetation, gorgeous views! I love my photos of the Cederberg <3