The Cederberg Wilderness Area is famous for its spectacular rock formations, sculpted by wind and water over many millions of years. Most of the area consists of sedimentary rock, sandstone and shale. The distinct reddish colour of the rocks is due to the presence of minerals like iron and manganese in the sediments.
The Cederberg area used to be inhabited by the San people, who left behind a rich legacy of rock art before European settlers began stock farming in the Cederberg in the 18th century. The Cederberg has the highest number of ancient rock art sites in the world, with over 2 500 discovered sites, many of which are easily accessible.
Southern African rock art has been dated to be as old as 28 000 years, with the age of the Cederberg paintings ranging from 100 to 8 000 years old. The paintings most commonly depict animal scenes, and it is thought that particular animals such as the eland had an important symbolic religious meanings.
Rock art sites in the Cederberg Conservancy that are open to the public are the Stadsaal Caves, Truitjieskraal, Southern Arch and Varkkloof.
The Resort is situated on a farm in Dwarsrivier, home of Cederberg Private Cellar, approximately 250 km north of Cape Town. The farm lies in the heart of the Cederberg Wilderness Area, which is well known for its spectacular rock formations, expansive vistas, rock art and fynbos. The accommodation consists of self-catering cottages.
15:00 Shuttle departs from Cape Town
17:30 Stop at Piketberg for supper (Your own account)
19:30 Meet & greet
06:45 Briefing session
07:00 Hike to Wolfberg Cracks -12km & 700m elevation
14:30 Down time at Maalgat dam
17:30 Traditional Braai for Supper
20:00 Star Gazing at Sanddrif Observatory
07:00 Breakfast together
08:30 A gentle walk around Stadsaal Caves
11:00 Debrief and goodbyes
11:30 Depart from Cederberg