Did you know?
The Cederberg mountain range is named after the endangered Clanwilliam cedar (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis),a tree endemic to the region.
Keen hikers will be itching to take on the challenges of the Cederberg 100 Trail, a new seven day trail that forms part of the Cederberg Heritage Route in the Cederberg Wilderness. Located 300km north of Cape Town, this is one of the most remote regions in South Africa.
This trail features spectacular scenery, colourful flora and welcome hospitality at the scattered Moravian villages along the way. Paths are quite stony, the going involves many uphills and downhills and you may be required to do some wading across waterways.
Thanks to positive hiker feedback, the Cederberg 100 Trail now officially forms part of the portfolio of slackpacking trails offered by the Cederberg Heritage Route, but note that it is only offered in the north-to-south direction and permits are required from Cape Nature.
The trail covers 100km from the summit of Pakhuis Pass in the north to the Driehoek Resort in the central Cederberg. Guides from local communities escort you from one overnight stop to the next.
From the top of the Pakhuis Pass the route leads down via Amon se Vlak, Amon se Poort and Die Toring to Boskloof. On day two the route goes up Krakadouwpoort over Krakadouw Pass to the Moravian village of Heuningvlei for the night.
On the third day the route heads south via the Boontjieskloof Hut and Boontjieskloof to Brugkraal for the night. Day four via Grasvlei takes you past the spectacular waterfalls on the Grasvlei River – pools along the way offer a great way to cool off – and over Middelkopnek to Kleinvlei.
A deviation up Dassieboskloof on day five takes in stunning views of Skerpioensberg and Sneeukop before stopping at Eselbank for the night. Weather permitting on day six you’ll head over the mountain to the welcoming village of Langkloof.
The final day takes hikers over Gabriel’s Pass, with a deviation to the Wolfberg Arch and Driehoek, where the you’ll be met and transported back to Clanwilliam for your final night.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Cederberg Southern African Travel
Tel: +27 (0)27 482 2444
Fax: +27 (0)27 482 1420
Around the area
There are many other trails to be enjoyed in the Cederberg Wilderness area. Enquire at the Cape Nature office for details.
Tours to do
Donkey cart rides of up to three days’ duration in and around Heuningvlei to experience the life of the Cederberg community. Rock art tours can be arranged in advance.
What will it cost
Costs per person per trail: R1 700 for 2 nights; R2 220 for 3 nights; R2 900 for 4 nights and R3 430 for 5 nights. Higher prices are charged for less than 6 hikers.
Length of stay
Activities and trails vary in duration from a couple of hours to seven nights.
What to pack
First aid kit, good hiking boots and thick socks, hat; long-sleeved shirts, hiking trousers/shorts, costume, towel, rain gear, jacket, water bottles, camera and sunscreen.
Where to stay
Hikers overnight in quaint guest cottages or homes in the Moravian Mission villages of Heuningvlei, Brugkraal, Kleinvlei, Eselbank, Langkloof and Wupperthal.
What to eat
Meals are provided, but it's advisable to take along your own hike snacks such dried fruit, nuts, granola bars etc.