available for those looking for a slightly more challenging and
Arch and Varkkloof. The routes and sites are well-documented,
adventurous experience, while the main route (Adderley Street
and sign boards at the various caves and paintings allow one
as it is known) is suitable for most with minimal scrambling.
a glimpse of how life was lived a few centuries back.
Once through the cracks you are greeted by a lunar landscape, low-lying vegetation with sandstone boulders dotted
Flora and fauna
around. From here the trail is fairly level, with signs and cairns
Nature lovers will thoroughly enjoy the Cederberg. While it is
pointing the way to the arch, a perfect spot for lunch.
not the Kruger National Park when it comes to the abundance
The Cederberg is also one of the best places in the world for
of game, it is rich with the typical Cape wild life. You are likely
rock climbing. As a novice to the sport, I was not aware of the
to see baboons, dassies and the smaller antelope (grey rhebok,
different forms (traditional climbing, where you pioneer your
klipspringers, duiker and grysbok). Also resident in the area,
route using your own fastening gear; sport climbing, where
although far more shy, are the porcupine, honey badger, Cape
you follow a route with anchors permanently secured in the
clawless otter, aardvark and leopard. The region is also a world
rock; and bouldering, where you climb small climbs without
heritage site, rich in the fynbos of the Cape floral kingdom,
ropes or protection).
boasting the endemic snow protea and the rare Clanwilliam
Cederberg is considered to be one of the top 10 places in
cedars after which the region is named.
the world for bouldering, drawing professionals from across
After a day of activity, there is nothing better than sitting
the globe who base themselves here while they train. I was
around a fire and watching the sunset with an ice-cold re-
definitely not going climb without a rope, and fortunately
freshment. The Cederberg sunset is particularly striking, as the
Cederberg has a host of routes mapped out for sport climbing.
golden light fades on the orange stained mountains and rocks.
The routes, details and permits are readily available â€“ and
The sound of the river, the birds, maybe even a call from a
we picked up our permits at Kromrivier before heading to
wakening nocturnal animal, implants a sense of peace and
the climbing routes at Truitjieskraal. This was my first climbing
relaxation that is just not attainable in our concrete jungles.
experience and I was completely blown away. The combina-
And as the light fades to darkness, the starry sky puts on a
tion of adrenaline and endorphins, coupled with the serenity
display that is captivating. Located only about 150 km west
and beauty of the setting made it an invigorating experience.
of the Southern African Large Telescope, the Cederberg is an
excellent setting for stargazing.
For the less adventurous, the heritage of the Cederberg is un-
mistakable and makes for an interesting outing. The range is
The vast expanse of the Cederberg range means that there are
full of caves which, if searched hard enough, reveal evidence
a variety of accommodation options to match your preference
of their early inhabitants. Rock art paintings are prevalent and
and budget. Whether you choose a luxury lodge or a riverside
paintings are on display at Stadsaal, Truitjieskraal, Southern
campsite, the fresh air and exercise means you are bound to
The clear blue sky of the Cederberg is complimented by the orange stained sandstone cliffs. Public Sector Manager â€˘ December 2016 / January 2017
Credit â€“ Dale Barrow
Published on Dec 9, 2016
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