Cedarberg Traverse

Monique and I returned last weekend from a 10 day North-South traverse of the Cederberg Mountain Range.

The seven hikers in our group started at our farm, Klipopmekaar, and we all made the 130 km trek/journey to Pompieshoek. It was really great to explore some of the less trodden parts of this incredibly beautiful mountain range.

We particularly enjoyed the 4 days off-path hiking north of Pakhuis, agter-Wolfberg, and South of Kromrivier. Although the cedar tree is seriously threatened with extinction, it was nevertheless reassuring to see so many in the Skerpionpoort, Anvil and agter-Sneeukop (not to be confused with the Sneeuberg) areas.

After record rainfall this year the veld throughout the mountain range is looking fantastic.

We spent an afternoon chatting with David Pedro (a small-scale rooibos farmer supplying tea to Wupperthal Tea Co-op) and it was very interesting to learn about some of David’s rooibos farming methods and pick up some valuable veld-remedies knowledge.


A big thank-you to all our neighboring Cederberg farmers and Cape Nature staff who were so kind, engaging and helpful along the way. A special thank you must go to Herman Van Wyk – the Barrydale potjiekos champion! – who cooked for us (when we weren’t sleeping in the veld) and supported us along the way.