The Stunning Cederberg: 9 Reasons To Visit South Africa’s National Treasure

Often overlooked by first-time travelers to South Africa, the Cederberg should be at the top of more itineraries as one of the Western Cape province’s most spectacular natural treasures. About two hours’ drive north of Cape Town, the semi-desert Cederberg Wilderness Area spans 320 square miles of rugged mountains with dramatic wind-carved sandstone formations, fertile valleys that fill with wild flowers come springtime, indigenous mountain fynbos and ancient rock art. There are activities by the bucketload in the Cederberg to suit the whole family (whether adventurous or not), ranging from rock climbing and rock art viewing to rooibos and wine tasting – all alluring reasons to visit this pristine wilderness.