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. Only mad people swim in that freezing cold water!! 🙂 A panoramic view of the Dwarsrivier which we thought was the Maalgat with very little water until I decided to head back and came across the path leading further down to “Maalgat”.
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 to do a mediation. This really looks like it is going to fall over any minute. And it boggles the mind to think that a tree would want to grow out of solid rock 🙂 We arrive at 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!! Sunset Meditation And that was sadly 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.”
When you get to this point 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 🙂 And this is how they get you up there… pull 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. The crazy / adventurous ones in our hiking group 🙂 WE DID IT! Now for the last stretch down hill. I wanted to do a panoramic from the top but the wind was so strong you had to hold on or get blown away. Some rock climbers coming 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 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. The next morning we were up way to early, and had a beautiful rainbow above the mountain tops. 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. The Maltese Cross We had to do a “footsie” for the Wild Card to prove we were here 🙂 Filling up with water on the way down 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.