Majestic mountain ranges that tumble across the Western Cape terrain for mile upon endless mile give the Cederberg an ethereal quality that is close to impossible to define. Red and tan rugged rocks rise in dramatic forms to meet the high blue skies of Africa, while jade-coloured tracts of vegetation flank the little rivers winding their way through the foothills of the mountains.
The greater region of the Cederberg comprises the mountains as well as the many nature reserves, and is located close to the little town of Clanwilliam in the Olifants River Valley. The many caves that are etched into the rock faces are particularly significant for the magnificent San art that can be seen on their walls; remnants of the hunter-gatherers that once occupied this tough terrain. When the European settlers arrived, they caused a significant amount of damage to the ecosystem as they established farmlands where there was once indigenous vegetation, and chopped down woodlands to use the wood for furniture and homes. They also ousted the local San folk. Read More »