Wildlife

Wildlife

Mammals

Baboons, dassies, grey rhebuck, klipspringers, duiker and grysbok are fairly common. Although porcupine, honey badger, Cape clawless otter and aardvark occur here, they are seldom seen. The leopard is the Cederberg's largest predator, and is fairly common although very shy. Smaller predators include African wild cat, caracal, bat-eared fox, aardwolf and Cape fox. The small grey mongoose and striped polecat are often seen. Various interesting rodents occur, including the spectacled dormouse.

Birds

The Cederberg is home to more than 100 bird species, with the black (Verreaux's) eagle, rock kestrel and jackal buzzard as the most common raptors.

Fish

The rivers in the Cederberg are home to eight endemic fish species. All these species are threatened and include the Clanwilliam yellow fish, Clanwilliam redfin minnow and fiery redfin minnow.

Reptiles

The armadillo lizard is one of the endemic reptiles to be found in the Cederberg. The rare Southern Speckled Padloper occur along with about 16 snake species, the most common are the berg adder, puff adder and black spitting cobra. Snake bites rarely occur in the area. Unless people try and capture or threaten snakes, they will generally move away from people and will not bite without warning.

Amphibians

Various frogs are found in rivers and vlei areas in the Cederberg Conservancy. These include the Banded stream frog, Delalande’s sand frog, Karoo toad, Raucous toad, Platanna and Tradouw Mountain toad.

Insects & Arthropods

A variety of butterflies, moths, locusts and many more insects occur in the Cederberg. The Cederberg Conservancy is a malaria free area, nevertheless mosquitoes do occur. Spiders and scorpions also occur in the area. If these animals are not tampered with, they pose no threat to visitors.

Accommodation

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Nuwerust Rest Camp

An unforgettable experience for outdoor and nature lovers! Nuwerust Rest Camp is situated in the Breekkrans river valley, surrounded by majestic southern Cederberg mountains.

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Driehoek Guest Farm

Driehoek is an operating farm situated in the heart of the Cederberg about 240 kilometres from Cape Town on the N7.

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Activities

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Swimming

Plunge into a rock pool on a hot summer’s day or after a long hike in the mountains or just relax next to a river or swimming pool at the campsites.

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Conservation projects

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Stewardship

Stewardship refers to the wise use, management and protection of that which has been entrusted to us.

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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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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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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.