Cederberg Hike ~ Wolfberg Cracks, Maltese Cross and Stadsaal Caves

Our weekend away hike in the Cederberg started early on Friday and ended rather late on Sunday 🙂 We left Cape Town early and stopped over for breakfast and to meet up with the rest of the group at Kardoesie on the N7. From here we travelled in convoy past Algeria and over the Uitkyk Pass until we reached Dwarsrivier, the home of Cederberg Wines and Sanddrif Holiday Resort were we stayed. (The grave road is +_ 46 km and was really not good to our little sedan car. A 4 x 4 would be a much better option.  We booked into our little 2 room cottages and obtained all the necessary permits for the various sights we are visiting during our 2 night / 3 day stay. Most of the areas belong to Nature Conservation so a Wild Card is a bonus if you have one.

I just had to add this picture of the little bird that stayed with us. He was not at all scared of us and was a real model for me.

After we unpacked a few thing we took a walk, over the bridge and through the lovely campsite, down to “Maalgat”, which is a huge swimming hole.

From here we headed back (about 20 / 30 min walk) to our huts to get our cars and drive to the Rock Art Site to view the Bushman Painting and then a bit further down to the Stadsaal before sunset.

From there we proceeded to the Stadsaal Caves (Cape Nature Property) in time to see some of the caves and rock formations and a lovely sunset. This is one place I really would like to return to and spend at least 4 hours just walking around and taking photo’s. Magical!!

And that was the end of day 1.

Saturday Morning early we got up to do the Wolfberg Cracks. This was a big one on my bucket list and I am very happy that I am now able to tick it off. What a great experience. “Approximately 1,2 km from Sanddrif, at the foot of the Wolfberg, there is a parking area under the oak trees.  This is the start of the walk.  The path leading to the Cracks is clearly visible.  Three Cracks can be viewed, of which the first two are easily recognizable.  The hike to the third crack is for the more adventurous tourist.  A map indicating the route is available from the office at Dwarsrivier.”

Wolfberg Cracks
Uphill climb to the Wolfberg Cracks…

When you get almost to the top, you see the ledge you must walk along to do the Cracks and its up to you to make the choice. It is not for everyone and a bit of fitness is most definitely required. And perhaps a bit of insanity 🙂 We arrived and must somehow get up the ledge…

We made it over the ledge. Now for the next challenges. We have to climb over or under, pull and push one another, crawl under, squeeze through and feel your way in the dark… Enjoy the photo’s as words just cannot explain how beautiful and magical it is and the photo’s don’t really capture it either but it give you a great idea of what to expect.

WE DID IT! Now for the last stretch down hill where some of the group stayed behind and waited for us.

Last stretch and we were down.

Well that was the morning sorted out! Now what do we do for the rest of the day? All hyped up and nothing to do…   That was until we decided to go and see if the wine tasting was still open…  and it was… LOL 😉  Cederberg Wine Varieties

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Our day ended with a lovely group braai, more wine and a lot of laughter. 🙂 We sadly could not go stargazing at the Observatory due to rain.

 

 

Sunday Morning we were up way to early.  We packed all our things, packed the car ready for our trip home, after our hike up to the Maltese Cross.  We barely started the hike, when our hike leader hurt his calf muscle and we had to keep stopping to try and sort it out enough for him to carry on with the hike. Somehow he managed to keep going.

The Maltese Cross

We had to do a “footsie” for the Wild Card to prove we were here 🙂

And then the walk back…

The End of a really wonderful weekend hike with 23 great people. The birds were a lovely ending, in the huge protea bushes at the car park were we start and end the Maltese Cross Hike.

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