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Hiking: Maltese Cross in the Cederberg

Justin Hawthorne

CEDERBERG, SOUTH AFRICA

Justin Hawthorne

Maltese Cross Hike, Cederberg Photo by Kirsty Hawthorne

After a ritualistic mountain breakfast of modernised moerkoffie & buttermilk rusks, we left the comfy confines of Klipspringer Cottage at the Algeria campsite and drove up Uitkyk Pass at dawn. It was a gorgeous winter morning, abnormally warm due to the current weather patterns affecting the Western Cape, the small number of wispy clouds lit up shades of pink and purple ever so briefly.

Maltese Cross Hike, Cederberg Photo by Kirsty Hawthorne

Maltese Cross Hike, Cederberg Photo by Justin Hawthorne

Getting there

Permits acquired (free to Wild Card holders – we are!), we took the mountain jeep track that leads from Dwarsrivier Farm past the Observatory and onto the start point for the hike. The rough track is around 6km long, gaining 160m in elevation and I can’t see how it would be drivable without a high clearance vehicle.

Maltese Cross Hike, Cederberg Photo by Kirsty Hawthorne

We had a Hyundai ix35 for…

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