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Wolfberg Arch Trail – 3 Days

R10,900.00

Visit the Cederberg Wilderness area on this 3 day, guided hike to distinctive natural formations including the Maltese Cross, Wolfsberg Arch and Cracks, and the Stadsaal Cave with its ancient KhoiSan paintings.

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Wolfberg Arch Trail – 3 Days

Visit the dramatic Cederberg Mountain range on this three day Wolfberg Arch Trail hike, with its burnt orange, wind carved stone formations, endemic fynbos and unique wildlife. This UNESCO world heritage site is home to the colossal Wolfberg Arch and unique animals like the Bat-Eared Fox and Aardwolf. It is also the location of some of the oldest and most pristine examples of Khoisan rock-art in the world.

From ascending the stark mountain tops to plunging into cold clear rivers, hiking in the Cederberg is a unique experience. Accommodation is spent in one of the National Parks chalets. All meals are provided and prepared by your guide.

Itinerary

DAY 1

  • We will meet at the Grapevine Coffee Shop in Citrusdal and then follow your guide through to base camp to offload your kit.
  • The Maltese Cross is out first highlight in the Cederberg. The hike starts with a gentle incline up Klipbok Kloof and then across onto a fynbos rich plateau. There are typical wind-carved Cederberg rock formations along the route. The unmistakable Maltese Cross is a 15 meter high pillar of rock standing upright in the stark Cederberg wilderness.
  • We will enjoy a hiker’s lunch before we head back and head towards our camp and you can enjoy the afternoon swimming in the Maalgat river pools.
  • Maltese Cross Hike 7km, 4 hours

DAY 2

  • An early morning start we hike up to the spectacular Cederberg Cracks where you spend at least an hour exploring the strange rock features and then eventually climbing out on top to a vista of fantastic views over the Cederberg.
  • We continue up to the massive Cederberg Arch towering over the rocky platue surrounded by the strange and typical rock formations.
  • The Cederberg Leopard prints are usually spotted but it’s a real treat to see one darting amongst the rocks if you are lucky while we are having lunch.
  • In the late afternoon we head back to camp.
  • Wolfberg Arch and Cracks 13km, 7 hours

DAY 3

  • After breakfast we will take a short walk and visit the strange cavernous dome of the Stadsaal Caves and Rock Art paintings of Elephant from the Koi San from about 8000 years ago.
  • The Cederberg is renowned for having one of the largest collections of Rock Art in the word.
    NB, this day is Optional/ flexible and the distances and times can be extended or shortened as necessary.

Arrangements

Duration
  • Open Ended
When
  • All year round
Where
  • Grapevine Coffee Shop in Citrusdal. GPS Co ordinates -32.5951, 19.0138
Weather
  • All weather
What to Wear
  • Please see kit list
Things to Bring
  • Recommended Kit List • Back Pack approximately 30 liters • Warm weatherproof jacket with hood • Hiking boots & socks • Water bottle 2 liters • Changes of clothing- layering is best with a good fleece for warmth • Towel • Sun block • Sun glasses • Sun hat/ Cap • Insect repellant • Toiletries (eco friendly) • Toilet paper • Torch + batteries, preferably headlamp • Personal first aid • Personal energy sweets and drinks • The chalets have bedding
  • Optional • Swimming costume • Kikoi • Sandals • Camera • Binoculars • Hiking poles

Requirements

Minimum Age
  • 8 years
Fitness Level
  • Average

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions
  •  3 Days guided hiking
  • All meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 3
  • Park & Trail fees
  • 2 night’s accommodation in chalets – Bedding supplied
  • Mountaineering guides
Exclusions
  • Transfers to the base camp
  • Personal overnight gear and the items suggested on the kit list
  • Medical insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages

 

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