Enjoy some of the best hiking trails in South Africa.
The Cederberg Heritage Route offers a collection of six community-based hiking trails in the Cederberg mountains located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The five shorter trails can range from two to five nights duration, depending on optional extra days that may be chosen. The Cederberg 100 Trail is an eight night-seven day trail of about 100km in length. The majestic and rugged Cederberg mountains are only 2½ hours drive north from the beautiful city of Cape Town.
Slackpacking hiking trails
The Cederberg hiking trails are fully inclusive of all accommodation, meals, donkey cart drives, entrances & park fees. Guests stay at comfortable guesthouses, guest cottages or homestays, some in the picturesque Moravian mission villages. The hikes are escorted by local community members. As overnight luggage is transported to the next night’s stay, walkers only have to carry day packs. These are true slackpacking hiking trails. Guided rock art visits are an optional extra.
If you would prefer to arrange your own hiking trip in the Cederberg we suggest that you consult the “Do-it-Yourself” section in the “Other Activities” page of this website. There you will find information on the accommodation available in various Moravian mission villages and the interesting hiking opportunities in the vicinity of each village. This option is likely to be cheaper than a full-service slackpacking trail.
The Cederberg Heritage Route is deeply involved with community development in that our trails make extensive use of services provided by the small, remote communities in the Moravian Church area of the eastern Cederberg, centered on the mission village of Wupperthal. These services, for which we have provided detailed guidelines, include accommodation, catering, luggage transport, rides in the traditional donkey carts of the area and guiding, which provide some much needed cash income for these rural communities. We have also helped four of the Moravian villages to establish their own Tourism Committees with formal constitutions and have provided interest free loans for upgrading two of the village guest cottages and for making pack donkey harnesses for luggage transport on routes that wheeled vehicles are not able to negotiate.