AWOL Tour guides recently went on an educational trip to the Cederberg Wilderness to recce out new hiking and cycling tour routes. As the new intern, I was privileged enough to go along for the experience.
The Cederberg is a massive mountain range with peaks high enough to capture snow and lush valleys filtering into a wide river. The Cederberg mountain range in 100km long and is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom which is a known World Heritage Site. We made our first stop at Travelers Rest and went trekking along the river, viewing nearly ten authentic bushman paintings. This was just the beginning of what this area of the Cederberg had to offer.
The second day, we quickly made way towards Algeria to Sanddrif to check out the mountain biking trails and hiking treks to the Wolfberg Cracks and Maltese Cross areas of the mountains. With mountain bikes in the dirt, crisp spring air, and trails as far as we can see, we took off. A rush of adrenaline hit as we embarked on the first uphill of the mountain, climbing gradually, until we landed in the middle of the mountain, where the only sound you hear is of wind shifting the brush. Suddenly the road split and we embarked on separate downhill journeys, which took us through a vast track of rocks, sand, and even a bit of water. Upon reaching the end of our adventure, we were filled with confidence that this would make a fantastic adventure for AWOL guests. Afterwards, we landed ourselves at the quaint Cederberg Cellar, in which we enjoyed a premium glass of Sauvignon Blanc. It was the perfect ending to a well-done day of adventure with the AWOL team.
For a perfect week-end (three day) break, only 3 hours from Cape Town, inquire about a private hiking or cycling tour to the Cederberg Wilderness.
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