Travel: Weekend adventures in the Cederberg

Justin Hawthorne


Justin Hawthorne

As a winter weekend getaway, Kirsty Hawthorne, Darian van Eck and Justin Hawthorne chose Algeria in the central Cederberg as their base.

Cederberg, South Africa

With winter sunsets being closer to 17:30 at this time of year, getting to the Cederberg (a 2.5hr drive from Cape Town) is likely to be after dark if you’ve spent the day working. Algeria works brilliantly as it’s situated close to the N7, meaning that the after dark gravel road driving is kept to a minimum.


The cottages are modern, and with an indoor fireplace, you should be pretty cosy as you settle into your weekend. If conditions are clear, step out onto the patio with your beanie and jacket on to bend your neck towards the sky! It’s a great time of year for stargazing, especially if close to the new moon. *Note: The Cederberg Astronomical Observatory at Dwarsrivier operates in good weather on…

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