Discover the earliest forms of patterns and symbols
The greater Cederberg region is an area of exceptional natural beauty, offering many outdoor adventures from hiking (there are around 37 different routes to discover) to climbing. The area is also an important location in the Western Cape’s Cradle of Human Culture.
The Cederberg is dotted with rock art, but Truitjieskraal in the Matjiesrivier Reserve World Heritage Site east of the Cederberg Wilderness is arguably one of the most impressive sites, with rock paintings dating back thousands of years. The Truitjieskraal interpretive trail, with information boards providing insight into what exactly you’re seeing, takes you on a journey of discovery of the ancient San and Khoekhoe cultures.
Find out more about the lives of people who lived in the area thousands of years ago, how the landscape formed and changed, and how plants and animals fit in. You will need to obtain a permit from Algeria campsite office or nearby Dwarsrivier farm, home to Cederberg Cellars.
Take a side trip to the Cederberg Wilderness Area (you need another permit to enter) to see the beautifully executed 1 000-year-old ochre rock paintings of people and a group of elephants, before continuing to the reserve's Stadsaal (Afrikaans for “City Hall”) Cave.