Four hours north of Cape Town, the Cederberg offers a range of self-catering cottages, relaxed riverside campsites and a remarkable lodge, called Kagga Kamma, cut directly out of the rock face

This is by no means a verdant area – these rugged mountains receive very little rain and temperatures can top 40°C in summer. The small rivers that do flow feed beautifully, deep swimming holes and there are stunning hiking trails when the weather’s cooler. One not to miss is the full-day hike through the towering, ochre rock formations known as the Wolfberg Cracks, to the famous Wolfberg Arch. Permits are available from Cape Nature.

cederberg leaderboardThe roads through the Cederberg are gravel, but you can explore most of them in a regular car. From Cape Town, take the scenic route through Bainskloof Pass to Ceres and then it’s about an hour until the first dirt road. The drive is particularly beautiful in the late afternoon so time your arrival for sunset. And be sure to stay at least three or four days to let the otherworldly scenery sink in.

Sanddrif Holiday Resort has camping and cottages along a good swimming river and gets special mention because of its association with the nearby wine farm, Cederberg Wines. They do an excellent wine tasting Monday to Saturday and brew a very good craft beer too.

When traveling through the Cederberg area, booking a 4×4 hire would be ideal to navigate through some of the terrain in the area.