Cederberg is a three-hour drive from Cape Town, but its sandstone formations, ancient rock art and rare wildlife make it seem like another world. Most famous for its excellent rock climbing, South Africa’s West Coast also boasts charming seaside towns, vineyards, golf courses and plenty of excellent hotels. Luxury Cederberg & West Coast holidays are a dream come true.
For anyone seeking an activities holiday in the wilderness, a visit to Citrusdal or Clanwilliam is a must. These small towns sit on the edges of the Cederberg Wilderness Area in the Olifants River Valley, overlooked by the Cederberg Mountains. Stay here for the best rock climbing and hiking in the country and the chance to see baboons and klipspringers, the rare Clanwilliam cedar and beautifully preserved cave art dating back thousands of years. When you’re not walking, horseback riding or taking a 4X4 tour through the beautiful landscapes of Cederberg, you can head to the region’s high-altitude vineyards, relax in the natural hot springs, or unwind with a scenic round of golf.
Further delights await on the western coast, where you’ll find a string of affluent and picturesque seaside towns famed for their excellent beaches, water sports opportunities and luxury resorts. In laid-back Langebaan you can try your hand at kitesurfing and kayaking, spot whales and explore the beautiful wilderness of the West Coast National Park.
In Paternoster, a tiny former fishing village, the vibe is even more relaxed. Book into a luxury hotel here and you can spend your days sunbathing, dining at the waterfront restaurants and exploring the local galleries. With Cederberg in easy reach, fantastic day trips can be planned at the drop of a hat.
Best of all, Cederberg and the West Coast is a year-round holiday destination. In early spring (August and September) the wildflowers come into bloom, and the mild daytime temperatures make for excellent hiking and climbing conditions.
If you’re seeking the ultimate beach holiday on the coast, the summer months are ideal – between November and March the weather is hot and dry, with temperatures breaking into the 30s. Autumns are great for hiking, while in the winter months snow can be seen on the mountaintops.
Luxury hotels in the heart of Cederberg don’t simply serve up excellent food – they curate an entire experience. Dine on traditional African barbecue while watching the sun set over the mountains, sip excellent local wine under the stars, and enjoy catered riverside picnics.
On the coast, you’ll discover all manner of fantastic seafood restaurants, along with eateries serving up favourites from around the world. Popular dishes in this region include hearty stews known as bredies, snoek (a type of mackerel) and souskluitjies (cinnamon dumplings).
British nationals don’t typically require a visa to enter South Africa, however you should still check the entry requirements at GOV.UK before you commit to a booking. While in South Africa, it’s advised that you carry identification with you.