Unspoilt by light pollution, this region of South Africa is an excellent place to partake in some stargazing. For the best experience, head to the Cederberg Astronomical Observatory on a weekend and marvel at planets, comets and nebulae through telescopes. If you’re visiting from the north, it’s a great opportunity to spot the Southern Cross and other southern hemisphere constellations.
This two-mile trail whisks you back in time, transporting you to a prehistoric world of beauty and wonder. Following the Brandewyn River, the trail stops at nine different sites, each of which boasts ancient rock art created thousands of years ago by the San people. During August and September, the route comes alive with colourful wildflowers.
Situated 1,036 metres above sea level, this winery is an unexpected oasis of calm amidst the wilderness of the Cederberg Mountains. Despite the harsh terrain and icy winters, the vines here have thrived, producing an excellent selection of reds and whites. The winery is open for tastings Monday to Saturday and is just a 90-minute drive from Citrusdal and Clanwilliam.
A trip to one of Cederberg’s hot springs is an unrivalled way to relax after a morning of hiking, cycling or climbing. These naturally occurring pools of warm water are mineral-rich and said to do wonders for the skin. Most establishments, such as The Baths in Citrusdal, accommodate day visitors and offer other facilities such as cold pools and restaurants.
This beautiful national park sits just south of Langebaan and incorporates a vast natural lagoon. Day trips here are perfect for families, couples or solo travellers. Walk or cycle the nature trails, spot the local birdlife or take to the azure waters to kayak or kite-board. In early spring you can marvel at the beautiful blooms and go whale watching.