The Cederberg Mountains are located approximately 2 to 2 ½ hours drive from Cape Town, South Africa. Transportation is mainly done by car or minibus, as public transport is limited. We offer a pickup and drop off service from several hotels, hostels, and backpackers around the city center at a nominal. Uber can be used, but we advise getting a price estimate before booking the trip due to the length. Our starting point, times, and meeting locations are route dependent and will be discussed beforehand.
Self Drive Options
Direct and Fastest Route – the direct route is to take the N7 out of Cape Town, or Malmesbury if you are coming from the Cape Winelands. Keep traveling north until after the Piekenierskloof Pass. This is known as the Olifants River Valley and in the foothills of the Cederberg mountains. The two main towns in this region are Citrusdal and Clanwilliam. If you are heading for the Algeria campsite, which is one of our central meeting points, you take a right signposted turnoff on the N7 approx 25km north of Citrusdal. Approximately 2km after the turnoff, you will cross a low water bridge. It is always advisable to check the state of this bridge in the wintertime as heavy rains can flood the bridge and make it unparsable. If this is the case, we advise using the alternative gravel road route north of Citrisdal. We will always be in contact before your trip and advise on the state of the low water bridge.
Alternative Scenic Routes
R27 via the West Coast
Take the R27 to Bloubergstrand along to the West Coast National Park, Langebaan past Paternoster, and onto Velddrif. One in Velddrif, take the R399 to Piketberg, join the N7 towards Citrasdal and look for the Algeria sign approximately 25km north of Citrasdal. Here you will make a right turn and follow the signs to the Algeria campsite. This route will take approximately 3½ hours.
R303 via Ceres to Citrusdal
Another popular scenic route is via the Ceres Valley, known for its fertile soil and world-renowned fruit farms. Take the N1 out of Cape Town Through the Hugo tunnel towards Worcester, keep right as the road splits and becomes the R101, shortly afterward turn left onto Goudini Way, then left again onto the R44 and follow the road into Ceres. From here, you will take the R303 over the Gydo Pass to Citrusdal. Approximately 25km north of Citrasdel look for a right-hand signposted turn to the Algeria campsite and follow the signs from here. Note: This route incorporates 30km of gravel over the Middleberg Pass.
WHAT ARE THE ROADS LIKE?
The main roads to the Cederberg are all tarred and are excellent. Once you are in the Cederberg wildness, the roads will become gravel but are well kept, and a 4×4 vehicle is not necessary.