The Artist’s Journey

The Artist’s Journey

Discover the earliest forms of patterns and symbols

Clanwilliam is nestled at the foot of the mighty Cederberg Mountain range, about 230km from Cape Town. It is a quaint town steeped in history and surrounded by inspiring scenery, nature and game reserves.

Situated an hour‘s drive from Clanwilliam, in the heart of the Cederberg Wilderness Area, you will find Cederberg Wine Cellars, the highest vineyards in the Western Cape (above the snow line). While snow is not common in the Western Cape, the Cederberg peaks are often peppered white in mid-winter.

This is the only place in the world where rooibos is planted and cultivated. (Rooibos tea originated here.) Two rivers, the Olifants River and Jan Dissels River, embrace the town that is guarded by the mighty Cederberg mountain range. After the winter rains (August to September), the region is transformed as carpets of multicoloured wildflowers explode into full bloom; a spectacular natural display that draws people from far and wide. A wealth of trees, flowers, fruits and nuts thrive in the fertile soils of the region.

The Cederberg Wilderness Area comprises 7 100 hectares, lies to the south-east of Clanwilliam and is a remote, pristine area with breathtaking scenery that includes fynbos and dramatic rock formations. The reserve is home to famous San elephant paintings, and a protected area for that most beautiful of big cats, the rare Cape mountain leopard.


  • Sevilla Rock Art Trail
  • Rooibos Route
  • Pakhuis Pass
  • Cederberg Brewery
  • Ou Tronk Museum
  • Stadsaal Caves and Truitjieskraal
  • Cape cycle routes: Cederberg Circuit
Cape Town
84km to next stop

Cape Town’s story begins with the birth of Table Mountain 800-million years ago and the discovery of human footprints dating back 117 000 years. Today it’s a colourful and harmonious fusion of ethnic diversity and a city overflowing with opportunity.

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!Khwa ttu, Yzerfontein
53km to next stop

Join San demonstrating their skills and sharing their ancient knowledge about oral history, tracking animals and identifying plants at !Khwa ttu, a non-profit San culture and education centre.

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West Coast Fossil Park, Langebaan
95km to next stop

Map your route to the West Coast Fossil Park near Langebaan about 150km from Cape Town to see many well-preserved fossil remains of some of the animals that roamed the area about 5-million years ago.

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Elands Bay Cave, Elands Bay
23km to next stop

Ancient San paintings have been found in the Elands Bay Cave in the mountains a few kilometres from Elands Bay. Researchers believe people lived in the cave 4 400 to 3 000 years ago.

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Diepkloof Rock Shelter, Piketberg
81km to next stop

Though not open to the public, Diepkloof Rock Shelter near Piketberg is perhaps the most significant destination on The Artist’s Journey route. Here, researchers have discovered evidence of human occupation for nearly 85 000 years.

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Riel dancing and living culture
36km to next stop

Experience an authentic riel dance, a cultural expression of courtship rituals, animal antics and joyous jive moves practiced by descendants of San and Khoi people.

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Sevilla Rock Art Trail, Clanwilliam
71km to next stop

See some of the finest examples of San rock art in the region at nine sites along the Sevilla Rock Art Trail on Traveller’s Rest Farm, 34km from Clanwilliam.

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Truitjieskraal, Matjiesrivier Reserve
256km to next stop

The Cederberg is dotted with rock art, but Truitjieskraal in the Matjiesrivier Reserve World Heritage Site is arguably one of the most impressive sites, with rock paintings dating back thousands of years.

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