Environment

Climate

Rainfall in the Cederberg ranges from an average of 800mm per annum at Algeria to an average of less than 250mm/annum around Matjiesrivier, Cederberg Oasis, Nuwerust and Mount Ceder.

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Fire

Although Fynbos is a fire-adapted system the frequency and time of the year a fire occurs determines if it was to the advantage or detriment of the ecosystem.

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Flora

There are 34 internationally recognised biodiversity Hotspots in the world. One of them is the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest of the six Floral Kingdoms of the world and the only Kingdom encompassed entirely within a single country.

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Geology

The Cederberg is famous for its spectacular rock formations that were sculpted by wind and water over many millions of years.

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Khoisan Rock Art

Southern African rock art has been dated to be as old as 28 000 years, with the age of the Cederberg paintings ranging from 8 000 years to 100 or 200 years.

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Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve

The Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve was proclaimed in 1997. It is situated on the drier eastern boundary of the Cederberg mountains.

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Wildlife

All about Wildlife - Mammals, Birds, Fish, Reptiles, Amphibians, Insects & Arthropods

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Conservation projects

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Open Days & Awareness

The Cederberg Conservancy hosts an annual Open Day to raise awareness among the farming community and to promote conservation initiatives.

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Waste Management Strategy

The Cederberg Conservancy does not have the benefit of municipal waste removal services.

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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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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.