Sanddrif is the ideal base for nature lovers and the adventurous: trail hikers, mountain bikers and rock climbers. It is accessible but retains an air of remoteness, which makes it the perfect break-away for city dwellers. There’s a lot to do and enjoy: four well-known day hikes, bird watching, swimming, rock climbing, camping, mountain
biking, a unique observatory and rock art. The less fit can enjoy the cool crystal-clear waters of the Maalgat pools only a 35 minute walk away, wander through the Valley of the Red Gods, watch the sun set the mountains on fire and later admire the star-studded sky from around the campfire.
Winetasting and Sales
Cederberg Private Wine Cellar boasts some of South Afric’s best award-winning wines. At present Cederberg Private Cellar produces six different ranges – each range and, in fact, each wine, has to speak for itself. Go to www.cederbergwine.com for more information.
CEDERBERG WINE TASTING
Cost ~ R20 per person
Tasting hours ~ Monday to Saturday:
09:00 –12:00 & 14:00–16:00
Closed on Good Friday & Christmas Day
Group and special tastings by arrangement
RANGES AVAILABLE FOR TASTING
Cederberg, Cederberg 5 Generations,
Cape Winemakers Guild,
Cederberg Waitrose Foundation,
Ghost Corner, Cape Atlantic, The Berrio,
Regret no beer tasting at this stage,
but our ice cold craft beer is
available sale on the farm.
Stargazing ~ Cederberg Observatory
In the early 1980s a British astronomer named Peter Mack, who was working for the SAAO (South African Astronomical Observatory), visited the Cederberg and saw its potential as a base for an amateur observatory. He
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.
In 1988 Peter Mack created a partnership with five amateur astronomers from Cape Town and a constitution was drawn up, officially establishing the Cederberg Observatory. An accommodation block with cooking facilities was
completed in 1989 and subsequent work at the site has seen the erection of an ablution block, a storeroom, a second dormitory for the Observatory’s own use and a roll-off roof structure to house a 16” telescope. As a final
luxury, Eskom provided power in the mid-1990s, rendering redundant the old solar panels, batteries and a rather noisy generator. CLICK HERE TO SEE IMAGES
Duration ~ Approximately two hours, starting at 20:00
Note ~ Saturday evenings only
– Weather permitting
– No shows during full moon