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TThe Warm Bokkeveld offers adventure activities such as hiking, camping, zip line tours, quad biking, abseiling, horse riding, fishing and exploring bushman rock art.
Visit fruit farms in Ceres between December and April to enjoy a wide variety of freshly picked fruit that is second to none in terms of quality. Cherry picking is also available from mid-November to end-December at Klondyke Cherry Farm.
TThe area is home to one of the most popular 4x4 routes in South Africa, the Warm Bokkeveld Trail. The trail starts some 15km from Ceres and is an excellent challenge for anyone who enjoys off-road driving.
The route is approximately 23km long and takes almost an entire day to complete and should only be attempted by people with previous off-road experience. It is advisable to attempt this route in convoy.
For a more instant adrenalin rush, try out the Ceres Zipslide Adventures in the Schurweberg Mountains, which features eight slides, some of which are as long as 290m.
Mountain bikers should head for the Matroosberg Reserve, which has received rave reviews for its steep 1100m Matroosberg Peak descent, which allows cyclists to build some serious speed. Mountain bikes are also available for rent from the reception.
If you are looking for the Big 5, you can find them at Inverdoorn Game Reserve.
Trout fishing experts believe the Warm Bokkeveld area has some of the best fishing locations in the Western Cape. There are a number of locations along the Olifants River for example, where sizable rainbow trout can be reeled in.
Golfers can try out the 9-hole course at Ceres Golf Club.
Please note that the Warm Bokkeveld isn’t always warm, and in fact, gets a fair amount of snow in the winter months, usually between July and September. This does however enhance the natural beauty of the region.
TTravel tips & planning info
Who to contact
Ceres Tourism Bureau
Tel: +27 (0)23 316 1287
How to get here
From Cape Town, follow the N1 north-east for approximately 125km. You can rent a car from Cape Town International Airport, or from the city centre.
Best time to visit
The warmest months in the Warm Bokkeveld are October to April. If you wish to see snow however, visit in July or August.
Things to do
Aside from the adventure activities listed above, visitors can go wine tasting at the Saronsberg Cellar or Koelfontein Estate, visit the Transport Riders Museum or enjoy a relaxing train ride with the Ceres Railway Company.
What to pack
It can get very hot here in the summer and very cold in the winter, so pack accordingly. Whatever the season, be sure to remember to pack your sunblock.
Where to stay
If you fancy a camping expedition, you may wish to consider the Matroosberg Reserve, which offers tented camping, as well as self-catering units.