Western Cape Hiking

Cederberg Hiking Adventure

The Cederberg – an iconic mountain range at the far north of the Western Cape’s sandstone mountains is filled with mesmerizing rock formations, other-worldly plateaus, high peaks and icy cold rivers. It is well and truly a hikers paradise and we are fortunate to have a large part of it proclaimed as a Wilderness Area.

Spend 3 days exploring the breathtakingly beautiful Cederberg wilderness with mountain guide Justin Hawthorne, getting to some of the most iconic landmarks in the range such as the Wolfberg Arch, Wolfberg Cracks and the towering Maltese Cross. Whilst in the area we also visit the amazing Stadsaal and San rock art site in the Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve which is a step back in history, both culturally and geologically. Along the journey we’ll see beautiful Proteas, delicate Ericas and look out for tracks and signs of the endangered Cape Mountain Leopard. A sharp eye may bring about sightings of our little Klipsringers and maybe even the endemic Cape Rockjumper. The trip can be either day hiking from a comfortable self catering base, or with 1-nights’ wild camping in tents.

No trip to the Cederberg is complete without experiencing winemaker David Nieuwoudt’s award winning Cederberg Wines – our drink of choice on tour.

Email: justinhawthorneblog@gmail.com to book your Cederberg Hiking Adventure

Maltese Cross Hike, Cederberg

Stadsaal Caves, Cederberg



Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

Head out to the breathtakingly beautiful Jonkershoek Nature Reserve near Stellenbosch with mountain guide Justin Hawthorne, where you’ll spend up to 8 hours traversing the best of the range on the Panorama Circuit – a tough but spectacular trail dubbed by many Cape hikers as the ultimate day hike in the province. The trail passes pockets of indigenous forest, crosses streams and takes you into a narrow gorge below the impressive Tweede Waterval (waterfall). The highlight is reaching Bergriviernek which looks over both the Jonkershoek Valley and the Assegaaiboskloof – the latter simply spectacular!

Amazing fynbos covers the Boland Mountains and we may see anything from King Proteas to delicate orchids. Klipspringers, Chacma Baboons, Caracal and Cape Leopard are a few of the animals found here and we’ll look at any tracks and signs along the way.

A icy cold dip in a rock pool is a great way to end the hike in summer!

Email: justinhawthorneblog@gmail.com to book your Jonkershoek hike.