Cederberg Wilderness - Algeria & Kliphuis

Contact Details

www.capenature.co.za
+27 (0)861 2273 628 873

Office Hours

Office Hours Mon-Fri:
07:30 - 19:00
Office Hours Saturday:
07:30 - 19:00
Office Hours Sunday & Public Holidays:
07:30 - 19:00

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Location

S 32° 22’ 29’’ / E 19° 03’ 36’’

CapeNature PO Box 356 Clanwilliam 8135

Weather forecast: Cederberg Wilderness - Algeria & Kliphuis

Activities

Bird Watching
Camping Facilities
Day Hikes
Overnight Hikes
Mountain Biking
Rock Art
Rock Formations
Seasonal Flowers
Rock Climbing
Swimming

The vast Cederberg Wilderness lies some 250km north of Cape Town, encompassing some 71 000ha of rugged, mountainous terrain. The Wilderness was proclaimed in 1973 and received World Heritage Site status in 2004 as part of the Cape Floristic Region.

The Cederberg is renowned for its spectacular landscapes and weathered sandstone rock formations, most notably the Wolfberg Arch and Maltese Cross. The Cederberg received its name from the rare Clanwilliam cedar tree, Widdringtonia cedarbergensis, which you will find in the Welbedacht and Krakadouw areas.

To the hardy hiker the Cederberg Wilderness offers a true wilderness experience with about 300 kilometres of well maintained hiking trails. The visitor opting for a more relaxing experience can select from a variety of camping and self-catering chalets at Kliphuis and Algeria. The CapeNature office is based at Algeria which was named by a French nobleman, Count de Regne, who was in charge of state forests in the Cape Colony. The mountainous environment and the cedar trees reminded him of the Atlas Mountains in Algeria.

Activities in the area include, day hiking, overnight hiking, swimming and rock climbing.

No matter how much of a pathfinder you are, a 1:50 000 topographical map from the Algeria office will be indispensable in planning your hike (and for not getting lost!). Be well prepared since conditions can be extreme and weather conditions can change dramatically. Fires are forbidden, so take a gas stove and practice the ‘Leave no Trace’ principles when it comes to toilet habits and other refuse.

Accommodation

The peaceful atmosphere of the Algeria campsite with 48 sites is situated along the Rondegat River. All the sites have power, braai facilities and water points with warm water in the ablution facilities.

The Kliphuis campsite is in Pakhuis Pass, on the flower route to the Biedouw Valley with 14 sites. No electricity is available, warm water in the ablution is supplied by gas geysers. The campsite has a boma for communal gatherings. Kliphuis also offer three self-catering units named after popular bouldering rock formations called Rhino Boulder, Cedar Rouge and Leopard Cave.

Algeria offers thirteen self-catering units that are fully-equipped. All chalets have bedding, inside fireplaces and outside braai facilities. The cottages Prik, Peerboom, SAS, Waenhuis and Uitkyk are equipped with solar lights, gas geysers and gas stoves. Garskraal and Rietdak have electricity and are fully equipped with electrical equipment.

Six luxury chalets were constructed in 2015 are stylishly furnished and boasted each with its own theme.  These cottages are named, Maltese Cross, Wolfberg Arch, Klipspringer, Grey Rhebok, Cedar and Waterfall, they complement some of the Cederberg’s most popular rock formations, fauna and flora.

The nearest town is Clanwilliam some 30 kilometres from Algeria and 10 kilometres form Kliphuis.

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Conservation projects

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Cedar Restoration

The Cederberg Conservancy are the proud custodians of the Clanwilliam cedar tree (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis).

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Cape Leopard Trust

The Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) was established with the primary objective to facilitate and promote research and conservation of the Cape’s predator diversity.

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Biodiversity & Wine Initiative

The Biodiversity & Wine Initiative is a partnership between the South African wine industry and the conservation sector.

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SOB Data Collections

CapeNature launched its State of Biodiversity Programme to assess and monitor the state of biodiversity in the Western Cape in 1999.

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About Cederberg Conservancy

  • The Cederberg Conservancy was constituted in 1997 as a voluntary agreement between landowners to manage the environment in a sustainable manner. It consolidates 22 properties in the central Cederberg as one of the core corridors of the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor and it is active through quarterly meetings and awareness days.

    Visitors to the area can engage in bird watching or easy hikes to the Stadsaal cave and Elephant rock art. For the more adventurous visitor the Conservancy offers Mountain bike trails or overnight hiking trials that vary from one to five nights, depending on your level of fitness and ability.