WELCOME TO MOUNT CEDER
Mount Ceder - Cederberg Guest Houses
The perfect weekend destination from Cape Town, Mount Ceder in the Cederberg Mountains, offers visitors a host of exciting accommodation options. In a valley, next to the Grootrivier, surrounded by rugged and arrestingly dramatic mountains, Mount Ceder is found on the main route through the Cederberg range. It's a great wilderness area with majestic views, amazing Spring flowers (August and September), and rugged walks and hikes – perfect for the young and not-so young.
How you enjoy the beauty of Mount Ceder is up to you: walk in the mountains with no one around, clamber over the unique rock formations or swim in the perennial river with the kids. Of course, you could also just simply relax in this piece of unspoiled paradise in the luxury of your house. At the end of an activity-filled day, settle down to a relaxing drink on your veranda, or enjoy a wholesome 3-course meal at the Old Mill House restaurant, accompanied by superb wines from the region.
Peperboom / Olienhout / KamferboomKamferboom Guest House Accommodation at Mount Ceder, Cederberg, Western Cape
OUR LOCATION (32 38' 58"S I 19 24' 31"E)
Mount Ceder is only 3 hours from Cape Town and yet the Cederberg landscape is completely different from that of the Mother City. Wilder, warmer, and with a raw dramatic beauty, Towering mountains turn a brilliant purple and orange at sunset, guarding over the valleys.
The mountain range is named after the endangered Clanwilliam Cedar tree (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis), which is endemic to the area. The mountains are famous for dramatic rock formations. The Cederberg mountains extends about 50 km north to south and 20 km east to west.
The dominant characteristic of the area is sharply defined sandstone rock formations, often reddish in colour. This group of rocks contain bands of shale and in recent years, a few important fossils have been discovered in these argillaceous layers.
The fossils are of primitive fish and date back 450 million years to the Ordovician Period. The summers are hot and dry, while the winters are mild with some rain and cold when snow falls on the surrounding mountains, with typical annual rainfall in the low lying areas of less than 150 mm per annum. The higher peaks receive a dusting of snow in winter. Summer days are typically clear and cloudless.
The Cederberg has an exceptional botanical diversity, being part of the Cape Floral Kingdom of South Africa, and among the twisted rock formations, farmers cultivate the world-famous healthy rooibos tea, found only in the Cederberg region of South Africa. A visit to a working rooibos farm is a delightful addition as a day trip when staying at Mount Ceder.