Things To Do in ClanwilliamCederberg Odyssey Trail
Where? The Cederberg Odyssey Trail, or Rim of Africa Odyssey, takes one through the Cederberg Cape Fold mountain range.
When? Tours are available August to November, March / April and then late July to late September (this is the popular wild flower season, so book ahead).
How? Call Bike & Saddle Tours on +27 (0)21 813-6433
How much? Price on request
Start: Cape Town
Finish: Cederberg Mountains/Cape Town
Duration: 7 days (3 days hiking and 3 days biking)
Fitness: fit both to hike and bike on off-road terrain, covering about 35 to 70 km a day (no children under 18)
Our tip: the fifth day is probably the toughest, from Vangstasie deep in the Cederberg, to the mountain community of Heuningvlei
The Cederberg Odyssey Trail is also known as the Rim of Africa Odyssey. It is a reduced version of the mega 650 km (48-day) Rim of Africa trail that, once complete, is well on its way to rival trails like the American Appalachian Trail. The emphasis of the trail is mountains, the Cape leopard and San Bushman heritage.
The Cederberg Odyssey Trail, or Rim of Africa Odyssey, takes one through the Cederberg Cape Fold mountain range. The route is designed to include jaw-dropping scenery, leopard tracking with experts, Moravian and San communities, San rock art, Bushman's Kloof and MTB trail riding.
The Cederberg Mountains are named after the endemic Clanwilliam Cedar (much of the forests that clad the slopes of the Cederberg were overexploited).
Its incredible craggy, rock formations and lush valleys are protected by the Cederberg Wilderness, Cederberg Conservancy (a voluntary agreement between 22 landowners to manage their environment sustainably), the Great Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor, and the new Red Cederberg Karoo Park, a private conservation area.
It is also home to isolated communities and villages, like Wupperthal.
The trail is a slackpack trail. Which means:
you spend your nights under the stars in luxury tented camps
your luggage (other than a light day pack) is carried for you from camp to camp
your meals, refreshments and alcohol is provided for you
local guides are provided
your bikes are supplied
there is back-up when you need it
the last night is spent at the 5 star lodge Bushman's Kloof
Cycle to Bakkrans, via the Rooi Cederberg Karoo Park, camp under the stars.
Track Cape leopards with guides from the Cape Leopard Trust, cycle to the Stadsaal caves to view rock articles.
Cycle to Driehoek through the valleys of the Cederberg, hike at Driehoek and spend the night at Crystal Palace.
Hike to Crystal Pools and then on to Vangstasie.
Hike to Heuningvlei.
Short cycle to Bushman's Kloof, visit the myriad rock art sites in the reserve, afternoon game drive.