Activities

Exchange the bustle of the city for the raw, natural beauty of the Cederberg with its pristine fynbos, wonderful rock formations and clear mountain streams. Three hours’ drive from Cape Town, the Cederberg Mountains offer an escape from city life and the daily grind. The dry and sunny climate makes for a pleasant stay throughout the year, but the winters can be extreme with frost and snow.

Activities and attractions include:

Wines with Altitude at Cederberg Private Cellar

Visitors can taste four of the six ranges made by David Nieuwoudt, winemaker and owner of Cederberg Private Cellar, at the new tasting room on the farm. These ranges are Cederberg, Five Generations, Ghost Corner and Longaví.

The vineyards are the highest in the Cape at 1 000 metres above sea level. This not only inspired Cederberg Private Cellar’s slogan, Wines with Altitude, but also makes for a virus-free environment that yields award-winning wines.

The focus is mainly on Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Bukettraube for white wines, and Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz for red wines. There is also a Méthode Cap Classique and a Sustainable Rosé in the Cederberg range.

For more information on Cederberg Private Cellar’s wines and awards, go to www.cederbergwine.com.

Cederberg Private Cellar 19º15’28”E 32º30’12”S

CEDERBERG WINE TASTING

Tasting hours
Monday to Saturday: 09:00–12:00 & 14:00–16:30
Public holidays: 09:00–11:30 & 16:00–17:30
Sundays, Good Friday & Christmas Day: Not open for tasting

Group tastings
Group and special tastings by arrangement
Duration: 30–60 minutes
Wine ranges available for tasting: Cederberg, Five Generations, Ghost Corner, Longaví

CEDERBERG WINE SALES

Visitors can buy wine at the tasting room and at the nearby Dwarsrivier farm shop. Credit card facilities are available at the tasting room and the farm shop. On Sundays the tasting room is closed, but wines can be bought at the farm shop.
Trading hours
Monday to Saturday: 08:00–12:30 & 14:00–17:00
Sundays & public holidays: 09:00–12:00 & 16:00–18:00

Beer with Attitude at Cederberg Brewery

Cederberg Brewery started producing their Boggom & Voertsek twinpacks in 2009. Boggom is a blonde ale and Voertsek an India pale ale. These two craft beers were inspired by a poem written by C Louis Leipoldt in the early 1900s about two Cederberg baboons, Boggom and Voertsek. More recently, David Kramer performed a song about the two villains, depicting them driving in a red Pontiac and causing general madness and mayhem. Cederberg Brewery’s third craft beer, the Cederberg Original Lager, was eventually released to the public in 2015.

For more information on Cederberg Brewery’s craft beers go to www.cederbergbrewery.com.

Cederberg Brewery 19º15’28”E 32º30’12”S

 

CRAFT BEER SALES

Ice-cold craft beer is available at the Dwarsrivier farm shop, Cederberg wine tasting room and selected retail outlets.

Regret no tastings yet.

Office hours
Monday to Saturday: 08:00–12:30 & 14:00–17:00
Sundays & public holidays: 09:00–12:00 & 16:00–18:00

 

Stargazing ~ Cederberg Observatory

The Cederberg Astronomical Observatory is situated not far from the Sanddrif Reception office. The Observatory was developed in the 1980s and is run as a privately owned non-profit organisation by seven partners. Over the years it has developed into an amateur astronomer’s paradise.
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WHAT VISITORS CAN EXPECT

An informative slideshow offering a basic introduction to the wonders of the night sky, followed by viewing through some of the telescopes.

Examples of celestial objects to be viewed are planets, comets, nebulae, open clusters, globular clusters, planetary nebulae and galaxies.

WHAT TO BRING
Viewing takes place outside at night so visitors should dress accordingly.
Bring a flashlight or headlamp.

HISTORY
In the early 1980s, British astronomer Peter Mack, who was working for the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), obtained the use of a piece of land on the farm Dwarsrivier, courtesy of the then owner, Oom Pollie Nieuwoudt. The first piers for the telescopes were built in 1984. A storeroom and a dome for a 16” telescope were constructed early in 1986 and the site was used for observations of Halley’s comet later that year. Today a structure with a roll-off roof houses a 300 mm telescope and a 12” telescope is housed inside a second dome. There are also piers with power for portable telescopes.

BOOKINGS
Time:
Saturday evenings
No shows during full moon
No shows during inclement weather

Duration: Approximately 2 hours, starting at 20:00

Cost: Free of charge, but it is customary to leave a donation of your choice

Enquiries: Sanddrif Reception office

Malcolm: malcolm@icegroup.co.za (Afrikaans)

Chris: camkit@mweb.co.za (English)

Learn more:
http://www.cederbergobservatory.org.za
http://www.cederbergobs.org.za

Hiking

The vast Cederberg Wilderness Area, covering almost 172 000 ha, offers hiking routes for people of all fitness levels. Spectacular rock formations – including the Maltese Cross, Wolfberg Cracks, Wolfberg Arch, Tafelberg, Sneeuberg and Lot’s Wife – attract mountaineers and hikers alike. Unspoilt fynbos and a wide range of wildlife make this a must-see area for all nature lovers.
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PERMITS, BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES

Please note that Sanddrif Holiday Resort reserves the right to refuse requests for permits if it is considered too late in the day or if the weather is considered unfavourable, decisions left to the discretion of the Sanddrif team.

Email:  sanddrif@cederbergwine.com
Telkom line: +27 (0)27 482 2825 (Please try the VOiP line if you cannot get through)
VOiP alternative phone: +27 (0)44 004 0060
Fax:  086 509 1683
Postal address: PO Box 84, Clanwilliam 8135, South Africa

Office hours

Monday to Saturday:  08:00–12:30 & 14:00–17:00
Sundays & public holidays: 09:00–12:00 & 16:00–18:00

DAY VISITORS

  • Permits for Maalgat will not be issued to day visitors during school holidays and long weekends.

SANDDRIF RESIDENTS

  • Permits for hikes to Maalgat and Lot’s Wife are included in your overnight fee.
  • Permits for the Wolfberg Cracks and Wolfberg Arch are not included in your overnight fee. Please obtain these permits from the Sanddrif Reception office before you go hiking.

LONGER HIKES (3 hours+)

An intricate network of hikes (on private and government land) criss-crosses the area, therefore multiple permits are required for some routes. In addition to getting a permit from the Sanddrif Reception office, you may also need to contact CapeNature and neighbouring farms. Please find out whether this applies to your route of choice.

  • Permits for hikes can only be obtained during office hours from the landowner where the hike starts.
  • If you wish to start early, a permit can be booked telephonically.
Fast facts about hiking permits
  • Permits are issued at the Sanddrif Reception office during office hours only
  • Permits should be arranged on arrival.
  • If you wish to start early, permits can be arranged telephonically.
  • Permits are issued for a specific day and must be used for those days only.
  • Permits can be changed at the office, if required.
  • No group, pensioner, tour guide or student discounts.
  • Prices are subject to change.
Choice of route
  • The staff at the Sanddrif Reception office can recommend hikes according to your fitness level and time constraints.
  • We recommended that you start most of the hikes at sunrise, especially in summer.
  • In winter, hikers should take note of the weather conditions and be well prepared with warm clothing.
  • Permits are required for all the hikes.
CapeNature permits

CapeNature permits are required for:

  • Stadsaal Caves & Bushman Paintings
  • Maltese Cross
  • Overnight hikes (these must be booked well in advance)

www.capenature.co.za

Stadsaal Caves & Bushman Paintings

(CapeNature property)

Direction: From Sanddrif, drive for 5 minutes or 8 km on the road towards Ceres. Follow the Nature Conservation sign indicating the Stadsaal Caves. Take the turn-off, enter through the gate (using the code we gave you when you bought your permit) and drive in to see Stadsaal, a series of open caves with San paintings dating from the time when elephants still roamed the area.
Duration: Depending on personal choice, a few minutes or a whole day can be spent exploring the caves, rock formations and rock art in the area.
Permits: Obtainable from Sanddrif Reception office and all the tourist offices in the area. When you get your permit, you will also receive the lock combination for the gate at the entrance to the caves.
Cost: R40 per adult
R20 per child (2–13 years)

Maltese Cross

(CapeNature property)

Directions: In the direction of Algeria, approximately 850 m from the Sanddrif Reception office, a signpost to the left indicates the road to the Maltese Cross. From here, drive 6 km (a permit is required) to a parking area. This is the starting point for the walk. Follow the footpath and the cairns leading to the Maltese Cross.
Duration: 3 hours
Permits: Obtainable from our office
Cost: R60 per adult; R35 per child (2-13 years)
Enquiries: Sanddrif Reception office
Cape Nature: www.capenature.co.za

Lot’s Wife and Window Rocks

(on Dwarsrivier Farm)
Directions: About 1,6 km from the Sanddrif Reception office in the direction of Algeria you will find a parking area and a sign for Lot’s Wife. From there you start a gentle walk to where the beautiful Window Rocks can be seen. Just remember, the trail is shared with mountain bikers, so watch out for them!
Duration: 1–1½ hours
Cost: No charge
Enquiries: Sanddrif Reception office

Maalgat

(aka ‘Seekoeigat’ or ‘Hippo Pool’, on Dwarsrivier farm)

Directions: Walk for 35 minutes in a downstream direction from Sanddrif Holiday Resort. Maalgat is a huge natural swimming pool, approximately 50 m long and 30 m wide, with 8 m and 11 m high cliffs – definitely only for those crazy enough to jump!
Duration: As long as you like.
Permits: Day visitors obtainable from Sanddrif Reception office – no day visitors during school holidays or long weekends.
Cost: R40 per adult
R25 per child (2–13 years)

Wolfberg Cracks & Arch

CLOSED FOR NATURAL RECOVERY OF VEGETATION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
(Cracks – private property, Arch – CapeNature)

Directions: Approximately 1,2 km from Sanddrif Holiday Resort, at the foot of the Wolfberg, there is a parking area under the oak trees. This is the start of the walk. The path leading to the Cracks is clearly visible. Three Cracks can be viewed, of which the first two are easily recognisable.

The hike to the third crack is for the more adventurous. A map indicating the route is available from the Sanddrif Reception office.

At the top of the mountain, a path leads to the Arch. The path is easy to follow and in places clearly marked with cairns. We recommend that visitors follow the same route on returning from the Arch, although there is an alternative route via the Riff. The Sanddrif Reception office staff will explain the route in detail.

Duration Cracks: 3-4 hours (return)
Duration Cracks & Arch: 8 hours (return)
Permits: Obtainable from our office
Cost Cracks: R50 per adult; R30 per scholar
Cost Cracks & Arch: R100 per adult; R60 per child (2-13 years)

Rock climbing at Sanddrif Crag

(on Dwarsrivier farm)

Visitors from around the world test their skills on our unique rock formations from May to August (South Africa’s winter period) when the days are cooler and you can happily spend several hours in the sun.

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PERMITS, BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES

Email: sanddrif@cederbergwine.com

Telkom line: +27 (0)27 482 2825 (Please try the VOiP line if you cannot get through)

VOiP alternative phone: +27 (0)44 004 0060

Fax: 086 509 1683

Postal address: PO Box 84, Clanwilliam 8135, South Africa

Office hours

Monday to Saturday: 08:00–12:30 & 14:00–17:00

Sundays & public holidays: 09:00–12:00 & 16:00–18:00

Routes:   9 bolted routes, graded 19–24

Permits: Obtainable from Sanddrif Reception office

Cost:R40 per adult

R25 per scholar

Enquiries: Sanddrif Reception office

Mountain Biking and Trail Running

Bring your own bike and cycle on any of the 5 clearly marked routes on Dwarsrivier farm, or use the routes for trail running. The routes vary in length from 7 to 30 km. Each route involves a journey over rocky and sandy terrain and varying degrees of inclines – perfect for a workout or an adventure.

You’re also welcome to tackle any of the mountain passes in the area by foot or bicycle: Nieuwoudts Pass, Uitkyk Pass, Pakhuis Pass, Hoek se Berg Pass, Kouberg Pass, Kheskop/Eselbank Pass and Grootrivier Pass. Some trails are situated on neighbouring farms, so enquire with them about permits beforehand.

Look out for organised mountain biking and trail running events and races held in the area throughout the year.

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PERMITS, BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES

Email: sanddrif@cederbergwine.com

Telkom line: +27 (0)27 482 2825 (Please try the VOiP line if you cannot get through)

VOiP alternative phone: +27 (0)44 004 0060

Fax: 086 509 1683

Postal address:  PO Box 84, Clanwilliam 8135, South Africa

OFFICE HOURS

Monday to Saturday: 08:00–12:30 & 14:00–17:00

Sundays & public holidays: 09:00–12:00 & 16:00–18:00

Fast facts about permits for mountain biking and trail running
  • Permits must be obtained during office hours from the Sanddrif Reception office, before you set off on the route.
  • If you want to start early, you can book a permit telephonically.
  • If you overnight at Sanddrif Holiday Resort, permits for mountain biking and trail running at Sanddrif and Dwarsrivier are included in the overnight fee.
  • No mountain biking on CapeNature property.
  • No group, pensioner, tour guide or student discounts.
  • Prices are subject to change.

Kliphuis Mountain Bike Trail
Starting on the Wolfberg trail at the Sanddrif campsite, follow the Jeep track through the Valley of the Red Gods past the Wolfberg Cracks parking area. Continue on the gently climbing Jeep track, past the Wolfberg single-track turnoff. The first option is the Waterfall single track to the left, a trail with spectacular views. There are some technical sections as well as compulsory portage sections – all clearly marked. After the Waterfall single track [does this mean they should not take the Waterfall single track but continue on the Jeep track?] the marked trail [meaning the Jeep track?] will turn right, following the river. Here riders have the option to take the shortcut back to the Sanddrif campsite (see the yellow link road on the map).  Continuing on the Jeep track, the trail follows yet another single track towards Kliphuis campsite. It leads to a river crossing and then follows the old water canal towards the Kliphuis campsite. From the campsite riders can head back to Sanddrif via the district road.

Length: 21 km (green markers)

Permits & map:  Obtainable from Sanddrif Reception office

Cost:  R40 per adult

R25 per scholar

Enquiries:  Sanddrif Reception office

Lot’s Wife Mountain Bike Trail

Follow the green trail or the district road to Kliphuis campsite. From Kliphuis Campsite, follow the new single track towards Kalkoenfontein. After the road crossing, the trail follows a Jeep track back in the direction of Dwarsrivier through the veld and old rooibos tea fields. Follow the blue markers for the Lot’s Wife trail. There are two fairly technical downhill sections on the trail. On returning, riders can follow the district road back to Sanddrif with a shortcut option through the vineyards.

Length: 27 km (blue markers)

Permits & map: Obtainable from Sanddrif Reception office

Cost: R40 per adult

R25 per scholar

Enquiries:   Sanddrif Reception office

Wolfberg Mountain Bike Trail
CLOSED FOR NATURAL RECOVERY OF VEGETATION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
The Wolfberg trail starts at the Sanddrif campsite on the Jeep track, climbing through the Valley of the Red Gods past the Wolfberg Cracks parking area. From there, a single track leads riders, runners and hikers down to the river and back to the Sanddrif campsite. Riders should look out for rocky obstacles.

Length: 7 km (orange markers)

Permits & map:  Obtainable from Sanddrif Reception office

Cost:  R40 per adult

R25 per scholar

Enquiries: Sanddrif Reception office

Maltese Mountain Bike Trail

Follow the green trail or the district road to Kliphuis campsite. From Kliphuis Campsite, follow the new single track towards Kalkoenfontein. After the road crossing, the trail follows a Jeep track back in the direction of Dwarsrivier through the veld and old rooibos tea fields. Follow the red markers to the Maltese Cross parking area. The route runs via a Jeep track and a technical (rocky) single track. The road back to the Cederberg Astronomical Observatory is fast and flowing. From the Observatory riders link up with the other routes to return to Sanddrif.

Length: 30 km (red markers)

Permits & map: Obtainable from Sanddrif Reception office

Cost: R40 per adult

R25 per scholar

Enquiries: Sanddrif Reception office

Tierkop Trail

The black trail continues from the red route. From the Maltese Cross parking lot, the circular route takes riders across the river, all the way along the foot of Sneeuberg Mountain, back to the Maltese Cross parking lot. This 7 km trail includes fairly technical climbs and descents and is quite challenging. The route is marked with black arrows.

Length: 7 km (black markers)

Permits & map:  Obtainable from Sanddrif Reception office

Cost: R40 per adult

R25 per scholar

Enquiries: Sanddrif Reception office