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Cederberg Ridge

Situated 5km from Clanwilliam, this stylish ‘away-from-it-all’ experience is within easy reach of Cape Town and the Winelands. Cederberg Ridge is a luxurious wilderness lodge offering excellent food, hospitality and adventure. It overlooks the panorama of the Cederberg Mountains with its unique raw, rugged beauty.

Cederberg Ridge introduces the natural beauty and hidden gems of the Cederberg through a range of experiences – both for the active and the more laid-back. Untamed wide open spaces and charming rural hospitality of the Cederberg offers an authentic mix of San culture, Settler history and rural traditions. Famous for its hiking, stunning spring flowers, unusual sandstone rock formations and ancient rock art sites, the Cederberg is also home to a range of local wine estates with wine-tasting on offer at the lodge.

With winter temperatures often ranging between 22oC and 24oC, the Cederberg region experiences a much sunnier winter climate compared to anywhere else in the Western Cape. This allows for time and ease throughout the year to enjoy the many activities offered on and off site. Take in the stunning panoramic mountain views and other natural attractions of the Cederberg while walking or mountain biking. Participate in water activities at the Clanwilliam dam (water levels permitting). Pamper yourself and unwind with a spa treatment then in the evening enjoy stoytelling around the fire pit whist gazing at the stars.

The Cederberg is perfectly positioned for a Cape circuit tour as it is only 2+ hours from the Winelands, 2½ hours from Cape Town and 3½ to 4 hours from Hermanus or Swellendam. It is also the perfect stopping off point if you are heading north to either Namibia or the Kalahari.

Location

Cederberg Ridge is within an easy 2 ½ hour drive from Cape Town or the Winelands and  4km (5 minutes drive) from Clanwilliam

 

 

Cederberg Ridge is very easy to get to. It lies 5km from the town of Clanwilliam in the Cederberg. It takes 21/2 hours from Cape Town or the Winelands, whilst Swellendam (for the Garden Route) is only 31/2 hours away. We can also arrange transfers from Cape Town.

Directions from Cape Town:

Take the N1 highway out of the city and then take the N7 highway in the direction of Malmesbury. Continue o the N7 for approx. 220km. Just after you start seeing the Clanwilliam Dam, look out for the off-ramp to the left. At the T-junction you turn right to travel into the town of Clanwilliam. Stay on this road, passing two petrol stations on the left hand side (do not turn off to the right into Main Road). Stay on this road to travel out of the town in the direction of the mountain range. Approx. 2km from town (after a small hill), you turn left onto the road with a green signpost for Klawer.

Look at your speedometer and note the kilometers. Approx. 3.1km on this road you will see  the Cederberg Ridge gate and signpost on the right hand side. Drive through the gate and up to the lodge.

 

Accommodation

Lodge & Room Types

  • 9 rooms (2 Classic Rooms, 3 Luxury Suites, 4 Superior Suites)
  • Large swimming pool, boules court, garden and fire pit overlooking the mountain panorama
  • Set on 3 000 ha citrus and grape farm with walking and mountain bike trails from the lodge
  • Overlooks Cederberg Wilderness Reserve
  • Choose between DBB and Full Board & Activity rates
  • Romantic sleep-out option on the deck

 

Clssic Rooms

The homestead rooms are ideal for those who like to be close to the main lodge. This elegant en suite room has a well-appointed en suite bathroom with bath, shower and double vanity.

One homestead room is frail or wheelchair friendly with plenty of space to maneuver, a ledge seat in the shower and additional handles near the toilet.

Facilities: Queen-sized bed, air conditioning, minibar, desk, complimentary WiFi, tea/coffee facilities, en suite bathroom with bath and shower, underfloor heating in bathroom and outside terrace.

 

Luxury Suites

These luxurious and airy suites (52m2) have stunning views over the Cederberg. Each is decorated with a light touch with use of wood and natural materials. Cozy window seats invite you to relax with a good book or simply contemplate the glorious mountain views. In summer air-conditioning ensures a delicious night's sleep. In winter you can curl up with a glass of wine around a wood-burning stove.

The luxurious bathrooms have Terrazzo floors with a freestanding bath that has large view windows. The indoor shower leads out to a second outdoor shower. There's a separate toilet and dressing area.

Outside is a a charming stone terrace offering both sun and shade. Some have an additional wooden deck to enjoy alfresco sleep-outs. Each can accommodate one child under 12 years sharing with parents.

Facilities: King-sized bed or twin beds, air-conditioning. seating area, minibar, desk, complimentary WiFi, tea/coffee facilities, wood-burning stove, en suite bathroom with bath and shower, underfloor heating in bathroom, separate toilet and outside terrace.

Two Bedroom Suite: Two of the luxury suites can be combined to make a two-bedroom suite. This is ideal for either families or friends travelling together as the en suite bedrooms are identical.

They share a central sitting room which has a sleeper couch. The two bedroom suite can sleep up to 4 adults and up to 3 extra kids (under 12).

 

Superior Suites

3 Superior suites (64m2) enjoy the same decor and facilities as the luxury suites. Extra touches are a generous walk-through shower and built-in day beds on the deck. Each can accommodate one child under 12 years sharing with parents.

The Superior Family Suite has a separate sitting room and large terrace, ideal for those seeking privacy and space. It can accommodate an extra two children under 12 years. It can also be combined with a luxury suite to make a two bedroom suite for families or friends.

Facilities: King-sized bed or twin beds, air-conditioning, seating area, minibar, desk, complimentary WiFi, tea/coffee facilities, wood burning stove, en suite bathroom with bath and shower, underfloor heating in bathroom, separate toilet and outdoor terrace.

 

 

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Facilities

  • Restaurant, Sitting room.
  • Bar, Library (with TV).
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Spa treatment room or mobile in-room treatments.

 

Cederberg Ridge Wilderness Lodge Facilities

 

 

 

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  • Guided walks and mountain biking
  • Rock art excursions
  • Farm tours
  • Water activities (tubing, boating, sunset cruises, water-skiing on request)
  • Guided excursions into the high Cederberg and to beach restaurants on the West Coast
  • Wine-tasting at the lodge, star-gazing and story-telling at the fire-pit
  • Sundowners in the mountains.

 

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Activities Included in Full Board & Activity Rate

The Full Board & Activity Rates include two excursions per day. The exact programme varies by season to take into account the climate and seasonal attractions. A 3 night rotating programme is offered so if you only stay 2 nights, you may not be able to do everything on offer.

Some of the Excursions on Offer:

Guided walks (often a short early morning walk of 45 - 60 minutes and sometimes a longer 2 - 4 hour walk. Walks are either on the farm or in the adjacent Cederberg.

Wilderness Reserve

Guided mountain bike trails on the farm

Rock Art excursions

Farm tours

Flower tours in season (August)

Half and full day excursions to see the surrounding area (Cederberg Mountains, West Coast, Rooibos tea farms, Settler history)

Boating in summer months

Note: Guests booked on a DBB basis may be able to book an extra excursion (at an extra cost) when they are at the lodge - subject to availability. If you think you will enjoy our excursions, we STRONGLY recommend the Full Board & Activity Rate, to avoid disappointment.

 

Child Policy

Children below 6 years old only by prior arrangement

6 to 11 years - 50% off per person sharing rate when sharing with parents

1 child under 12 years can be accommodated in each suite, 2 in the Superior Family Suite

Families with 2 or more children can book 2 rooms or the Superior Family Suite, or they can take a two-bedroom suite (which can accommodate up to 4 adults and 3 children under 12)

 

Inclusions and Exclusions

DBB (Dinner, Bed & breakfast) - Breakfast & Dinner and complimentary star gazing. Use of mountain bikes, self-guided walks, mountain bike trails and complimentary WiFi in room.

Full Board & Activities - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, complimentary wine tasting and star gazing, two excursions per day.(Seasonal activities vary but include guided walks on the farm and in the Cederberg Wilderness Reserve, guided mountain biking, Cederberg excursions, rock art walks, farm tours, sun-downer cruises, and boating in summer). Also use of mountain bikes, self-guided walking, mountain bike trails on the farm and complimentary WiFi in room.

Exclusions: All drinks, transfers from Cape Town to/from Cederberg Ridge (please consult rates for extra cost); activities (unless booked on the Full Board & Activity Rate), any telephone charges and other items of a personal nature.

 

Climate

If you are a sun-lover then Cederberg is for you! Even though Cederberg Ridge is only 21/2 hour's drive north of Cape Town, the climate is much warmer.

Winter (late May to mid-August): There is a lot going for their winter climate. Daytime temperatures can reach a pleasant 20-22°c, (much warmer than Cape Town!) So you can be active for the whole day, and still enjoy sitting outside. But the mornings and evenings are cold so this is the time for a long lie-in in bed, and red wine around the fire in the evening. Typically our activities start after breakfast. Officially an arid region (less than 200mm per year) so not much rain, this is still a winter rainfall region, (along with the rest of the Western Cape), so it can rain for a day or two.

Spring & Autumn (late August to October, mid-March to April): As with many climates, our spring and autumn months are our favourite time of year. The day time temperatures are warm to hot but you can still be active. The evenings are cooler but you can dine outside as long as you’ve got something warm to put on. Average daytime temperatures are typically 24-30°c. Evening temperatures are 15-18°c.

Summer (November to mid-March): The summers are hot but dry (so you don't get sticky). Ideally you should get up early if you want to be active, come back for late breakfast, then do something less strenuous later in the morning and relax around the pool in the afternoon. It cools down in the evening and you can dine outside throughout the summer.

 

What to Bring

The dress code is casual though some people like to dress up for the evening (but it's entirely up to you).

Comfortable walking shoes or trainers (even if you are not planning to be active, as it is a country area with some uneven ground).

Sunblock, sun hat and sunglasses in spring, summer and autumn.

Warm jacket for winter (and dress in layers).

A daypack is useful for longer excursions.

 

Other Information

Check-In and Check-Out: Check-in is from 14:30 and check-out on the day of departure is 11:00. You are welcome to arrive at Cederberg Ridge earlier, and make use of our swimming pool or garden. We try to accommodate early arrivals or late check-outs where possible, subject to room availability. This cannot be guaranteed, unless you pay extra.

Lunch: Full Board & Activities includes a buffet lunch (served until 2:30pm) either on arrival or on departure.

Wi-Fi: Complimentary Wi-Fi is offered in the rooms and library only to encourage conversation in the sitting room, dining room and bar.

Smoking: No smoking is allowed inside any lodge or chalet buildings.

Payment: MasterCard and Visa credit cards accepted. Alternatively you can settle via EFT. Unfortunately American Express or Diner's Club cards are not accepted.

 

Rates

Per Person Sharing Sept to 20 Dec 2020 21 Dec to 4 Jan 2021 5 Jan to 30 April 2021*

Courtyard

     
Dinner, B&B (DBB) R2 350 R2 575 R2 350
Full Board & Activities (FBA) R3 300 R3 625 R3 300

Classic View

     
DBB R2 550 R2 805 R2 550
FBA R3 500 R3 850 R3 500

Luxury Suite

     
DBB R2 950 R3 245 R2 950
FBA R3 900 R4 290 R3 900

Superior Suite

     
DBB R3 150 R3 465 R3 150
FBA R4 100 R4 510 R4 100

Superior Honeymoon

     
DBB R3 350 R3 685 R3 350
FBA R4 300 R4 730 R4 300

Two Bedroom Suite Per Unit

     
DBB R11 800 R12 980 R11 800
FBA R15 600 R17 160 R15 600
 

Please note our flexible Covid 19 Cancellation & Postponement Policy
We strongly recommend a minimum stay of 2 nights throughout the year.

Singles – 33% supplement on the Per Person Sharing rate shown above
DBB – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, FBA - Full Board & Activities (see below for more info) 
* 2021 – rates have not been decided (given Covid19 pandemic). However any early bookings will be honoured on the 2020 rates.

Inclusions

DBB (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast) – Breakfast & Dinner, accommodation. Use of mountain bikes, self-guided walking and mountain bike trails and complimentary WiFi.

FBA (Full Board & Activities) - All meals, accommodation, complimentary star-gazing, two scheduled excursions per day. (Seasonal activities vary but include Rock Art excursions, guided Rooibos Farm tours, Full day Excursions into the Cederberg, Farm Tours, Boating excursions in summer, Guided Walks in Cederberg Wilderness Reserve, Guided Mountain Biking, Sundowner Walks). Also use of mountain bikes, walking and mountain bike trails on the farm, complimentary WiFi.

Exclusions

• All drinks
• Spa treatments
• Transfers to and from Cederberg Ridge – we can book transfers from Cape Town or Winelands for you at extra cost
• Activities - unless booked on the Full Board & Activity Rate (recommended!)
• Telephone charges
• Other items of a personal nature

 

Special Offers

SPECIAL OFFER: STAY 3 NIGHTS & PAY 50% FOR 3RD NIGHT

EXCLUSIVE USE OFFER

Stay for 3 nights and pay only 50% for the 3rd night.

Inclusions: Valid for all room types and DBB/FBA meal basis
Validity: Valid until 30 April 2021  
Exclusions: 20 Dec 2020 - 3 Jan 2021
Note: Not combineable with our Local is Lekker Offer
Want to take the lodge on an exclusive use basis to celebrate a special anniversary with family and friends. Or to have a corporate getaway?

Take the entire lodge (9 rooms) and have 2 rooms for free! (The most expensive & the least expensive rooms).

Inclusions: DBB or FBA basis
Validity: Valid until 20 December 2020 
Terms: Must take for 2 nights if booking Saturday night.

SPECIAL OFFER: STAY 4, PAY 3 or 7 for 5...

LOCAL IS LEKKER OFFER

Does what it says on the tin! Stay for 4 nights but only pay for 3 nights. Or stay a week and only pay for 5 nights, These offers can also be continued for really long stays.

Inclusions: Valid for all room types and DBB/FBA meal basis
Validity: Valid until 30 April 2021
Exclusions: 20 Dec 2020 - 3 Jan 2021
Note: Not combineable with our Local is Lekker Offer
We've introduced special low rates for South African Residents. (ID documents will be requested at the lodge.)

Inclusions: All room types, DBB & FBA 
Validity: Valid until 20 December 2020
Conditions: Minimum 2 nights on Friday & Saturday. 
Note: Not combineable with our various long stay offers

 

Booking Policy

• All reservations require a 10% deposit upon confirmation of the booking, to be paid within 7 days.
• Final payment is due 15 days prior to your arrival (Special Covid 19 flexibilty). Cederberg Ridge reserves the right to cancel the booking if deposit or final payment is not received at the appropriate time.
• For last minute reservations, full payment is required upon confirmation.
• All requests, confirmations and cancellations are only valid if in writing.
• Provisional bookings will only be held for 7 days; thereafter the booking will automatically be released.
• We reserve the right to amend/change rates on this website without prior notice.
• We reserve the right to request 2 nights' minimum stay during our Festive season.
• We strongly recommend a minimum stay of 2 nights throughout the year.
• No pets allowed.
• All suites are non-smoking.
• We accept MasterCard and Visa credit cards. Alternatively, you can settle via EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer). Unfortunately we don’t accept American Express or Diner’s Club.

Exclusive Use Rate (if all 9 rooms are booked)

A special lower rate will be offered for Exclusive Use. It depends season, availability and length of stay. It is offered for a minimum two night stay in high season and over weekends (Fridays & Saturdays) throughout the year.

Child Policy

• Children below 6 years old by prior arrangement only.
• 6 to 11 years – 50% of sharing rate when sharing with parents. 1 child under 12 can be accommodated in each Luxury Suite on a converted window seat.
• 1 child under 12 years can be accommodated in each Luxury suite, and 2 children in the Superior Honeymoon Suite (1 child under 12 on a converted window seat, and 1 teenager up to 17 on an extra bed in the sitting area).

Families with 2 or more children can take the two-bedroom suite (two Luxury Suites which share a sitting room area). Extra children will be charged as above. (Each 2-bedroom suite can accommodate up to 4 adults,  2 extra children under 12 on the converted window seats. And an extra child/teenager on the sofa bed.)

Cancellations including Covid 19 Terms

All cancellations are only valid if in writing. Please ensure you receive acknowledgement of cancellation from our Reservations Department. The cancellation fee is a percentage of the full accommodation account.

Covid 19 Policy (valid until 20 December at this stage)

We understand that these are very uncertain times. So we have put flexibility at the heart of everything we do.

• Final payment is currently due only 15 days prior to arrival.
• Up to 15 days prior to arrival: no cancellation fees (Any deposit is refundable, minus bank charges.)
• 14 days prior to arrival: 90% cancellation fee*
Please note that 100% cancellation fee will be charged if you decide to depart early while staying with us.

Last Minute changes (within 14 days) due to Covid-19

We are aware that occasionally, last minute changes may be needed due to Covid 19, such a suddenly-imposed ‘travel decree’, a personal covid-19 diagnosis or even denied boarding. Please outline the specific circumstances to us. In the case of an SA travel ban, we will offer 100% refund or postponement. In the case of a personal Covid 19 issue, we are happy to hold your payment as a credit towards future travel.

Standard Cancellation Terms:

We may revert back to our standard cancellation fees at some point.

Why We LOVE It

  • Untamed wide open spaces and charming rural hospitality
  • Fantastic range of local wine estates
  • Much sunnier winter climate than anywhere else in the Western Cape
  • Two scenic dams (Clanwillliam and Bulshoek)

 

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