Cederberg: 5 of the best camping sites to choose from

The Cederberg in South Africa has some amazing views, hikes and heritage sites to visit, but because of its size not all of these are accessible from just any camping site. These are the best camping sites to stay at in the Cederberg if you want to really enjoy the views and activities available here.

 

 

 

Camping in the Cederberg is definitely a bucket-list experience. Not only is there so much to see and do there, the Cederberg is also suitable for everyone. If you’re looking for adventure there are epic climbing crags and multi-day hikes you can do, if you just want to chill by a cool natural spring with a good book, there’s that too. All of this nestled in the Cederberg conservancy, which means you will see the area as nature intended.

I have been to the Cederberg 4 times now and each time it was a different experience. In summer it is scorching hot, perfect for swimming in the cool natural pools and playing in the little waterfalls that feed them. In winter it is freezing cold, and even snows on some of the peaks, perfect for more adventurous activities like hiking up to see the Maltese cross.

Each time I visited I was struck by how full of stark contradictions the area seemed to be. It feels like a desert, but everywhere you look it’s teaming with life and pools of cool water. But if you neglect to take food and water for a day trip or even short hike, you can end up with serious dehydration and sunstroke. The area can be quite unforgiving, but that’s half the adventurous appeal of it.

The Cederberg is also a wonderful place to camp. Being a conservancy, it’s mostly untouched (except for a few farms that double as camping sites) and allows you to really enjoy the area in all its natural beauty. It really is worth making time to visit the Cederberg.  There is just so much to see and do there it’s almost impossible to see and do everything in one trip, luckily there are some strategically placed camping sites in the conservancy itself. These allow visitors easy access to the mountains, waterfalls, observatory and rock art in the area.

I have listed 5 of the best campsites in the conservancy according to their location from the activities in the conservancy itself. There are other campsites just outside the conservancy but staying there means you will have to drive that extra distance just to get to the pools, hikes and rock art.

If you have never been to the Cederberg before you can check out my tips for traveling to the Cederberg as well as some tips for planning you camping meals.

 

Cederberg map
Cederberg tourist information map

 

Although it’s not to scale, I found this map very helpful on our last trip to the Cederberg. It highlights some of the tourist attractions in the Cederberg area although there are more rock painting sites than indicated here.

 

Cederberg rock art
Cederberg bushman painting sites

 

You can find more maps like these at the Slingsby Maps site.

 

Activities in the Cederberg:

 

Cederberg activities map
Cederberg activities map

The observatory

With almost no light pollution, the Cederberg is a fantastic place to startgaze. You can visit the observatory there to get a better look at the starts above.

 

Rock art

The Cederberg is spotted with ancient bushman paintings which tell stories only their artists really understood. to learn more about the rock art and where they come from you can check out the African Rock Art Digital Archive.

 

Hiking

There are so many epic hiking trails to choose from in the Cederberg, it’s just a matter of your hiking level.

Make sure you always have a hiking map with you so that you know where you are going.

 

Climbing

If you are a climbing junkie like me then you will absolutely love the crags at Cederberg. Do remember to bring longer ropes as the walls can be very high ( ie..awesome).

 

Mountain biking

If you have your own mountain biking gear you can bring it along to the Cederberg for some epic biking.

 

#1 The Algeria Campsite

 

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Cederberg Algeria campsite

camping in the Cederberg

The Cederberg Algeria Campsite is the first site you will come across once you enter the Cederberg conservancy. It has 48 camp sites and 13 self-catering cottages available. With a little tree lined river running through the site this camping site is a little oasis of cool shade that’s a perfect hiding spot from the scorching Cederberg Summer sun.

The camping site is also surrounded by towering mountains and in the not too far distance you can even see a waterfall that you can hike to.

 

Activities:

Hiking:

  • Uitkyk pass
  • Waterfall trail (natural pools)
  • Maltse cross
  • Wolfberg arch
  • Cederberg heritage route
  • Sneeuberg
  • Sneeukop

 

Rock climbing:

  • Bouldering can be done at Rocklands
  • Sport climbing crags can be found at the Wolfberg arch, Tafelberg.

 

Contact information:

Email: reservation.alert@capenature.co.za

 

#2 Sanddrif holiday resort

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Sanddrif campsite in the Cederberg

The sanddrift holiday resort is located on a working farm. It offers 40+ camping sites and 16 self-catering cottages and is not far from some of the Cederberg’s most epic activities.

Activities:

Stargaze at the observatory

 

Hiking:

  • Maltese cross
  • Wolfberg arch
  • Tafelberg
  • Sneeuberg
  • Lot’s wife

Rock climbing:

  • Can be done on Dwarsriver farm
  • Wolfberg
  • Truitjieskraal

 

Mountain biking and trail running:

  • There are clearly marked routed for both mountain biking and trail running on the Dwarsriver farm.

 

Contact details:

Email: sanddrif@cederbergwine.com

Tel: +27 27 482 28 25

Or +27 44 004 0060

 

#3 Driehoek tourist farm

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The Driehoek farm offers self-catering cottages too.

The Driehoek tourist farm is another working farm in the heart of Cederberg. It offers camping sites as well as self-catering cottages and is a great base for hikes around the Cederberg. If epic hikes aren’t your thing you could always walk around the farm and visit the natural pools, waterfall, stone leopard cage and bushman paintings (rock art).

 

Activities:

 

Hikes:

  • Sneeukop
  • Maltese cross
  • Tafelberg
  • Welbedacht and Panorama caves
  • Wolfberg arch

 

Rock climbing:

  • Bouldering can be done at Rocklands

 

Rock climbing:

  • Wolfberg arch
  • Tafelberg
  • Truitjieskraal

 

Bushman paintings and rock art:

  • Truitjieskraal
  • Boschkloof war Block house

 

Pony rides can be booked by appointment

 

Swimming:

  • Natural pools of water can be found near the farm and include the camping site pool and Swemgat.

 

Mountain biking:

  • There are routes on and around the farm.

 

A beauty therapy room is also available on the farm.

 

Contact details:

www.Cederberg-accommodation.co.za

Email: driehoekcederberg@gmail.com

tel:+27 27 482 2828

#4 Kromriver 

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Self-catering cottage in Kromriver, Cederberg

With a river running through it and a little coffee shop selling their own craft bear, Kromriver is another working farm that is full of charm and character. This is a much smaller campsite which means it feels more intimate and is still quiet even if all the camps and cottages are full. They offer 12 self-catering cottages and camping facilities.

 

Activities:

 

Hiking:

  • Disa pool
  • Kromriver cave
  • Apollo cave/Lunar tunnel
  • Maltese cross
  • Sneeuberg
  • Stadsaal
  • Truitjieskraal

 

Climbing:

  • Bouldering can be done at Rocklands
  • Sport climbing crags can be found at the Wolfberg arch, Tafelberg and truitjieskraal.

 

Swimming:

  • There is a dam and river on the farm.

 

Fishing:

  • There are two dams with Large Mouth Bass and a river with a small number of Rainbow Trout on the farm.

 

Mountain biking:

  • Tower route
  • Eco route
  • Witkleigat via Gonnafontein
  • Stadsaal via Kromrivier
  • Truitjieskraal via Kromrivier
  • Kromrivier Circular Route

 

Bushman paintings and rock art:

  • Stadsaal
  • Truitjieskraal

 

Stargazing:

  • The observatory

 

Contact information:

Email: namapip@netactive.co.za

Tel: 27 (0)27 482 2807

 

#5 Nuwerust

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Nuwerust camp site in Cederberg

The Nuwerust farm is nestled in the Cederberg mountains and is a 20 minute drive from some of the most popular hikes and climbs in Cederberg. They offer both self-catering cottages and campsites.

 

Activities:

Hiking:

  • Rondekoppie circular route
  • Waterfall route
  • Rooiberg route
  • Klipbokop route
  • Dassieklippe and bushman paintings
  • Klipgat

 

Rock climbing:

  • Truitjieskraal

 

Bushman painting and rock art:

  • Stadsaal
  • Truitjieskraal

 

Other activities in and around the area:

  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming
  • Bird watching
  • Fishing

 

Contact details:

Email: info@cederbergexperience.co.za

Tel: 027 482 2813

 

 

The Cederberg conservancy doesn’t have any big shops or supermarkets so make sure you pack everything you may need. It helps to plan your camping meals ahead of time so ensure you have everything.

 

 

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