Roads to the Cederberg Mountains


The Cederberg region is 2 to 2½ hours drive from Cape Town depending on where you are staying in the Cederberg.

Direct Route – the direct route is to join the N7 at Cape Town, or Malmesbury if you are coming from the Cape Winelands, and travel north until after the Piekenierskloof Pass. You are then in the Olifants River Valley at the foot of the Cederberg mountains. The two main towns, Citrusdal and Clanwilliam, are in this valley, and the main road to the central Cederberg (Algeria Forest Station, Cederberg Cellars, Stadsaal etc) is signposted off the N7 approx 25km north of Citrusdal with a low water bridge. (In winter check whether the low water bridge from the N7 is open as it closes after heavy rain. When this happens you can always take the gravel road north from Citrusdal).

Alternative Scenic Routes
There are many alternative routes for extra variety but these will take longer.

R27 via the West Coast

Take the R27 past Bloubergstrand, the West Coast National Park, Langebaan - and even Paternoster - and onto Velddrif. At Velddrif you take the R399 to Piketberg to join the N7, or continue north via Elands Bay, Leipoldtville, and Graafwater to Clanwilliam. This would take 3 to 3½ hours. 

*We recommend taking the whole day to meander up the West Coast or stay overnight.

R303 via Ceres to Citrusdal

Another popular scenic route, from the Cape Winelands or Route 62, is to travel to Ceres and then take the R303 north over the Gydo Pass to Citrusdal. This route is mostly tarred and travels through valleys of deciduous fruit farms. However there is 30km of gravel over the Middleberg Pass so you need to be reasonably adventurous!

Road to the central Cederberg via Ceres and Matjiesrivier

If you are staying in the central Cederberg mountains eg. at Mount Ceder, Kromrivier or Sandrif, you can take the R303 from Ceres and then take the gravel road to the east at Op die Berg. This becomes a gravel road through some stunning mountain scenery and is suitable for all vehicles.

If coming from the Route 62, Hermanus, or Swellendam N2

Head to Worcester. Join the N1 briefly for 1km in the direction of Cape Town. Then take the R43 for 25km until you get to a T junction. Turn right for 7km and then turn left to travel through Wolseley. Turn left at the T junction onto the R46. You can visit the pretty town of Tulbagh (just off the road) at this point. Continue on the R46 through the gentle Nuwekloof Pass and turn right onto the R44 at Gouda to head to Porterville. Take this road for 100km through Porterville until it joins the N7 highway. Continue over the Piekenierskloof Pass into Cederberg region.
(If staying in the central Cederberg, continue past the turnoff for Wolseley and onto Ceres and then follow directions above)

The main roads of the Cederberg are tarred but many of the attractions of this mountain area are on gravel roads. You do NOT need a 4x4 to drive these roads and an ordinary sedan car will be fine as long as you drive carefully. If the road is a government road, then you are entitled to take rental cars onto gravel roads.

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