Good day all.
I’m planing a Cederberg hike for my merry crew and looking for grist for the mill. We’re unfamiliar with the area thus have a few puzzles to resolve. I thought I’d ask for input, any input, from those with more experience. Basically, it’s a brain storming session…
We’ll be coming from Gauteng. There will be more than one car so a loop-hike is not our only option. June-end to early July. Looking at 3-5days. About 5 people. Weather will be hard to predict that far ahead, but bookings need to be made. There are basically three ideas/opinions at present:
- Book a long wilderness hike and commit come hell or high water.
- Do a base-camp/day-hike thing or
- Just get there and see?
We’ve read through Willem’s https://www.hikingsouthafrica.co.za/central-cederberg-circuit/ write up (CCC) and this has major appeal for all in our group. Weather’s a bit of a determining factor as we don’t all have snow gear and I reckon it’s going to be a frosty one this year.
Any thoughts or strategy on how to manage a situation like this where maintaining many options are possible?
Should I just book with Cape Nature for wilderness access and then make it up as we get there?
Do you find last minute wilderness bookings through CN feasible, or best avoided and is winter more choc-a-bloc?
Are private access points better for this kind of schema?
Perhaps something other than the CCC springs to mind?
If day hikes from a base is the result any recommendations on where to base?
And, lastly, one in our party would like to know, for those who can compare, is the elevation gain and loss on average similar to Lower Berg hike? (Map will indicate,just thought I’d ask)
I have just purchased the ‘Slingsby Hike the Cederberg’ map and will pore over it. What a treasure. So that’s a good start. Apologies if it’s all a bit higgledy-piggledy, but this idea’s still very fresh for us. As an aside I must say looking at the map I’m pretty blown away by this area, you can hike, sip pints, visit the Cederberg Cellars, for some of us a must. Pretty amazing.
Thanks for reading.