Klein Cederberg Nature Reserve is a magical off-the-grid art-filled hideaway set within the majestic Cederberg Mountains and Cape Floral Kingdom, a mere 2.5 hour drive from Cape Town.
Our nine rustic stone cottages are set amidst 16,000 privately owned hectares of untouched wilderness which falls within the 200,000 hectare Swartruggens Conservancy, offering big skies, wide open spaces, and unobstructed views of the Tafelberg, Sneeukop, Katbakkies, and Koue Bokkeveld mountains.
Klein Cederberg’s inspiration is art, wilderness, and ecological conservation.
We invite you to: gather, unplug, and unwind. Observe contemporary sculptures by leading South African artists set against the backdrop of pristine nature. Stargaze under the clearest of skies. Enjoy fire cooked meals and reconnect with the essential in life: family, friends, and uninterrupted time in nature.
Experience the spirit of the Cederberg through a breathtaking landscape with significant history, once home to South Africa’s first inhabitants, the San people, whose culture dates back some 20,000 years ago. San Rock Art remains on some of our property’s sculptural sandstone rock formations, shaped hundreds of millions of years ago by glaciers.
At night, the fires & lanterns will be lit adjacent to the original 1700’s Settler’s Dwelling and Stable. Sunsets give way to starry skies. This former farmstead served as a grazing migration stopover point for sheep and goat trekkers traveling to Ceres Karoo via Katbakkies Pass.
The peaceful, private, and rustic back-to-nature atmosphere of Klein Cederberg is the perfect family, friends, or work retreat, ideal for guests of any age.
We offer absolute privacy, tranquility, and exclusive access to our 16,000 hectare nature reserve property, which includes the opportunity for private hiking, trail running, and bouldering routes, all available only to our guests.
South Africa’s Cederberg region is heralded as one of the most premiere bouldering and rock climbing destinations in the world. We are conveniently located along the Cape Birding route with international birding tour groups visiting us yearly to catch glimpses of the sought-after Cinnamon-breasted Warbler and Cape Eagle Owl.Our property is also part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, known as one of the 34 internationally recognized “biodiversity hotspots," which provides endless opportunities for botany exploration.
The Cederberg is renowned for its clear and remarkable night skies that remain untouched by manmade light pollution. It is frequently listed as one of the top places in South Africa, and in the world, for Southern Hemisphere stargazing. We are the ideal place to dream under a sky full of immeasurable twinkling stars, to learn about the cosmos, and to create night-time star photography.
You'll have the unique opportunity to view contemporary sculptures by top South African artists set within the context of untouched wilderness. We also offer drives in the gameviewer at dusk for private sundowners overlooking the sculpture route or the Riet River Canyon. This is Klein Cederberg.
Klein Cederberg is offered as an exclusive-use property, allowing up to 18 guests of all ages to enjoy their stay in total privacy. Our layout and expansive property makes us the perfect place for friends and family group gatherings as well as corporate retreats and or special events.
Klein Cederberg is an off-the-grid eco-lodge and while we are not a luxury accommodation, we offer a simple, but cozy back-to-nature atmosphere. What makes us special is that we offer absolute privacy, tranquility, and exclusive access to our 16,000 hectare nature reserve property, which includes the opportunity for: hiking, bouldering, trail running, birding, botany exploration, stargazing, drives at dusk for private sundowners overlooking the sculpture route or Riet River Canyon, plein air painting, nature photography, and the opportunity to view contemporary sculptures by top South African artists set in the wilderness.
We are a malaria-free property.
Located within the Cederberg Region we are conveniently en route to Algeria, Tankwa Karoo National Park, AfrikaBurn, and the Biedouw Valley's enchanted spring flowering fields of Namakwa wildflowers.
Rental of Klein Cederberg Includes Exclusive Use of our:
-Nine Rustic Stone en-suite cottages supplied with linens, towels, and lanterns. Some cottages have a fireplace or a wood stove.
-Braais and fire pits for your group to gather around at the end of the day
-Indoor Fireplace in the Settler’s Dwelling
-Indoor breakfast and tea room
-A dining room where we offer candle lit dinners by the fireplace
Fresh and delicious meals cooked over the fire are included in the rate.
We want our guests to have a safe and healthy environment for their holiday. To prioritise the well-being of our guests and employees, we monitor the coronavirus developments and maintain COVID-19 safety measures and cleaning guidelines.
We adore pets, but out of respect for the assortment of local wildlife that are full-time residents at Klein Cederberg, we kindly ask that you please leave your beloved furry-legged ones at home.
Please don’t make us pick our favorite season, we love them all! We are a full season eco-lodge and each season offers a different experience of nature’s beauty.
Feel free to inquire about the best periods to visit for flowers, birding, or botany exploration.
A note about our weather: Klein Cederberg Nature Reserve is a semi-desert environment and is in the mountains. This means the days can be quite hot and with a very strong sun, while nights can suddenly turn very cold. Occasional snowfalls do occur. We advise you pack for both hot and cold to be comfortable and prepared: sunhats, sunblock, and cold weather clothing and sleepwear.
Prepare for a digital detox! We are really and truly off-the-grid. We unfortunately do not offer Wi-Fi, and cell reception is extremely rare. We offer the opportunity to truly unplug from technology and to fully immerse yourself in peaceful nature.
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity…”
Please kindly note: Our team is quite small.
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