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Cederberg Ridge Wilderness Lodge is located just 2.5 hours from Cape Town, on a route north that encourages you to meander through road-trip highlights like Riebeek Kasteel, Porterville and Citrusdal.
Don’t underestimate the trip, not for its length but rather its subtle yet potent effect on the spirit. The Cederberg’s wide open spaces and magnificent mountain range quickly seep under your skin, starting the process of unwinding while still on the road.
This sense of serenity is strengthened from the moment you step inside the lodge’s calm, sophisticated interiors to be greeted with cool air conditioning in summer and a cucumber sorbet, or something to warm you next to the crackling fire in winter.
The original stone farmhouse has been updated, while retaining its sense of place and scale. Large French doors open onto a generous wrap around verandah, with views over the lawn, pool, veld and escarpment beyond. It houses the reception, sitting room, library, bar and restaurant.
Dining happens al fresco, weather permitting. The wine and drinks list has been curated well, favouring local spirits and boutique wine farms from the area. A pre-dinner sundowner is the perfect way to end the day, watching the mountains turn pink and the weaver birds dart about the acacia tree just off the deck. The menu too showcases the South African context, with game, seasonal fruit and veg, and flavours of fynbos, buchu and rooibos infusing classic continental cuisine.
Away from the light pollution of the city, the Cederberg is known for its night skies, and the lodge arranges after-dinner stargazing with a member of staff. This is one of the many activities and excursions on offer at Cederberg Ridge, that is if you choose to drag yourself away from the spa or picturesque pool.
Hiking is a popular pursuit in the Cederberg and you don’t have to go far here: the lodge is set on a 3 000 ha citrus and grape farm with self-guided or guided walks on offer. Find out from your guide about the endangered Clanwilliam Cedar, a tree endemic to the area that Cederberg is named for, and the efforts to preserve it. You can also arrange to take a bike to explore the property.
The surrounding mountain ridge catches the morning and afternoon light in the most spectacular fashion. That’s the view you wake up to from one of the nine spacious and private suites. All have fireplaces, bathtubs, and outdoor showers.
With its easy access from Cape Town, Cederberg Ridge is an unexpected city break… its mountain-top setting combined with a bushveld feel that’s rarely found in the Western Cape creates that longed-for sense of escape.
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Reviewed by Amelia Brown
This luxurious, airy room (52sqm) has stunning views over the Cederberg. In summer, air-conditioning ensures a serene night’s sleep. In winter you can curl up with a glass of wine around a wood-burning fireplace.
The Superior suites (64sqm) have the same facilities as the Luxury Suites. Extra touches are a walk-through shower and built-in daybeds on the deck.
Superior Honeymoon suite:
The largest room with a separate sitting room and an expansive terrace with gorgeous mountain views. Perfect for privacy and space.
Two Bedroom Suite:
This is ideal or either families or friends travelling together as the en suite bedrooms are identical. They share a central sitting room which has a sleeper couch. This suite can sleep up to 4 adults (unit price) with either 3 extra children or 2 teenagers, at 50% of the adult rate. There is one sleeper couch (sleeping 2 kids or 1 teenager) and adapted window seats.
The two classic rooms are perfect for those who like to be close to the action. These elegant rooms are smaller (31 square metres) with full en suite bathroom with bath, shower and double vanity. The Classic Courtyard Room does not have a view onto the mountains and looks into the entrance courtyard.
All suites have outdoor showers and wood-
Choose between DBB and Full Board & Activity rates
Large swimming pool
Set on large 3000ha farm with walking and
mountain bike trails, overlooks wilderness portion
of farm and the Cederberg Wilderness Reserve.
Library (with TV)
Spa treatment room or mobile in-room treatments
Outside there is a large swimming pool, pool
terrace, garden, boules court, as well as a wide
range of activities and excursions, both on the
farm and in the region – see Activities
No Pets Allowed