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Internationally this region of South Africa is best known for Rooibos Tea. The region is named after the 'cedar' trees that grew in profusion over the wild mountains although they are now considered an endangered species. Only a 2 ½ hour drive from Cape Town the typically South African accommodation range from luxury hotels to affordable bed and breakfast lodges.
This is a hiker's paradise although in summer (December to March) the temperatures tend to be too hot for strenuous exercise. Spring brings a profusion of flowers and ancient Bushman rock art can be found all over The Cedarberg. The coastal villages have some excellent seafood restaurants. Infrastructure is not as well developed as some other regions so there are fewer options for good places to stay but the ones we have included we believe you will enjoy.
Towns Clanwilliam and Citrusdal, have attractive historic town centres with many quaint, houses and buildings. Clanwilliam has interesting links with the final stages of the Boer War. Lambert's Bay is interesting to visit for its bird life (gannets and penguins) and excellent seafood. Villages Nieuwoudville is one of the best places to see wild flowers in August and early September (most years!). Wuppertal is wonderfully remote with an interesting history. Agriculture This is the centre of Rooibos Tea cultivation and is also one of South Africa's centres for citrus fruit production. Mountains, Culture & Hiking The Cedarberg has some excellent hiking trails to amazing mountain scenery and bushman art.
In the height of summer (December - February) this region tends to be dry and very hot (up to 50C). In Spring and Autumn (September/ November and March / April) the temperatures (up to high 30C) are less intense but the risk of rain increases and night temperatures can fall to near freezing. Winter (May - August) tends to be wetter but with some beautiful days and cold, crisp nights (daytime temperatures between 15 - 22C). Snow is rare but can fall on the mountains in July and August.