Cederberg Tourist Park
Cederberg Area lies some 200 km north of Cape Town. This vast region,
encompasses some 162 000 hectare of rugged, mountainous terrain, stretching
from the Pakhuis Pass in the north to Grootrivier in the south. The San and
Khoi peoples inhabited the Cederberg area from early times, leaving behind a
rich legacy of rock art. European settlers began stock farming in the
Cederberg in the eighteenth century, and in 1876 a forester was appointed to
oversee Crown Land in the mountains. This was possibly the first attempt at
conservation in the Cederberg. From 1903 to 1973, exploitation of the
Cederberg's natural resources was rampant. Large amounts of cedar wood,
rooibos tea, buchu and rockwood bark was harvested while farmers used the
mountains to graze livestock in times of drought. Large numbers of cedar trees
were felled as the wood was in great demand for construction - some 7 200
trees were used as telephone poles between Piketberg and Calvinia. Fires added
to this destruction and the cedar tree is now on the brink of extinction. In
1967 the removal of dead cedar trees was halted, and other forms of
exploitation ended in 1973 with the proclamation of Cederberg Wilderness Area.
Today the Cederberg Conservancy exists as a voluntary agreement between landowners to manage the environment in a sustainable manner. Conservation goals are achieved through cooperation and dedication towards the conservation of Nature on private land. The Cederberg Conservancy are the proud custodians of the Clanwilliam Cedar (Widderingtonia cederbergensis) and offers refuge to the rare Cape Leopard. Many members of the Cederberg Conservancy have made accommodation available to help make your stay in the Cederberg an enjoyable one. The accommodation ranges from basic camping facilities to fully catered luxury, with the associated range in prices.
ACTIVITIES: The Cederberg is so diverse in form and structure, so valuable for its plants and animals and so unique in its landscape, that any nature lover, hiker or mountaineer will find its opportunities and challenges difficult to exhaust. An extensive network (254 km) of unmarked, well maintained, footpaths are laid out and excellent rock climbing opportunities exist. The length of your hike is limited only by the weight of the provisions you can carry on your back.
11 Bathroom Chalets- The furnished self- catering chalets have two bedrooms and a fully functional kitchen. Bedding is available on request at an additional fee.
2 Backpacker Chalets- The only two chalets without bathrooms equipped with an outside toilet only. The backpacker’s guests make use of the two centrally situated hot shower blocks.
40 Campsites- Situated on the banks of the Krom River. The guests make use of the two centrally situated hot shower blocks.
The Waenhuis Coffee shop and Dining Room
Light meals and beverages are served during the day. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner need to be booked in advance. We cater for most dietary requirements, film crews, weddings, functions, tour- and school groups. The Dining room is also equipped with a DSTV for the viewing of those important rugby matches.
Breakfast is served between 08h00 & 10h 00, light and packed Lunches between 12h00 & 14h00 and Dinner between 19h00 & 21h00.
The Waenhuis shop and reception
Our world famous farm bread is baked on a daily basis and need to be booked beforehand. There is also a variety of homemade products such as farm butter, milk, cheese, feta cheese, jam, Badger friendly honey and rusks to choose from. Guests can also buy beverages, sweets and other products from our shop.
Rates per room per night, specials, seasons, meals, children policy: on request
Contact & reservations:
Fax: +264 61 244558
1) you can e-mail us requesting information and/or rates
Reservations are only accepted in writing: by fax or via e-mail.
Final availability confirmation: in writing: by fax or via e-mail.
See also: Terms & conditions, Payment options and Cancellation policy
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