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The 71 000ha Cederberg Wilderness Reserve is best known for its spectacular rock formations, such as Wolfberg Cracks, Wolfberg Arch, Maltese Cross and Stadsaal Caves. The Cederberg’s stunning rock formations are a result of the chemical composition of the rocks, climatic conditions and time. The vegetation of the conservancy area changes from fynbos to succulent Karoo and the geology changes from Table Mountain sandstone to shale. Many plants are endemic, occurring nowhere else in the world. Fynbos vegetation is recognized by the presence of reeds, erica and many different types of Proteaceae, such as, sugarbush, cone bush, pincushion, spiderhead and the endemic snow protea. The Cederberg fynbos is also home to the rooibos tea plant and to different types of buchu. Baboons, dassies, grey rhebok, klipspringers, duiker and grysbok are fairly common.
The leopard is the largest predator found here and, although very shy, sightings are fairly common. More than 100 bird species occur, with black eagle, rock kestrel and jackal buzzard being the most common raptors. Rock art in the Cederberg region ranges from 100 to 8 000 years old and the paintings most commonly recorded are animal scenes. Algeria and Kliphuis offer camping facilities in ideal proximity to the Wilderness Area. Several other accommodation and recreation possibilities are also available in the Cederberg Conservation Area.
Towns in the Cederberg area include: Clanwilliam, Citrusdal and Wupperthal.
Breathtaking Rock Formations