THE CEDERBERG


WOLFBERG CRACKS & ARCH

SEPTEMBER 2015

The Cederberg in general is known for its fantastic rock formations and besides this, it’s the ideal break away should you want to experience complete tranquility.

We’ve headed towards these beautiful mountains on a long weekend in September to camp at Sanddrif near Dwarsrivier Farm. On the 2nd day of the long weekend, we’ve hiked with our backpacks to the well-known Wolfberg Cracks and spent the night at the Wolfberg Arch.

Note: Remember that you will need permits for both the Wolfberg Cracks and the Wolfberg Arch.

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Berto getting ready to start hiking up the Wolfberg Cracks (in the background)

Keep in mind that there is no water on this route and that you have to carry enough drinking water with you … and in Summer time, it could get extremely hot, so be prepared.

Just follow the narrow path up to the cracks

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The rock formations in the Cederberg are amazing

There are several ways to get in (or over) the cracks and we’ve chosen one that looked fairly easy. Our backpacks were quite heavy (loaded with a tent, camping equipment and food) and it was difficult for me to get myself and my backpack over the rocks. Berto got easily over the rocks, but I had to take my backpack off and handed it over to Berto, before I could get over the rocks.

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Reaching the Wolfberg Cracks … Berto carrying my backpack over the big rocks 😀

Inside the Wolfberg Cracks – what a feeling to be surrounded by these magnificent rocks

We’ve seen a couple of hikers in the cracks, but as they were heading back down, we’ve walked through the cracks to get to the path that will take us to the Wolfberg Arch.

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Through the cracks and now the walk turned into a flat hike towards the arch

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The magnificent Wolfberg arch in the distance

But before we’ve continued our last stretch of hiking, it was time to stop for lunch. In the shadow of a huge rock, we’ve set up our hiking stove to cook water for a cappuccino and enjoy tuna (out of a packet).

Time for something to eat and drink … and in nature, this is always a wondrous occasion!

It was quite hot when we’ve continued our walk, but the absolute beauty of the Cederberg made us forget about the heat.

We were now on our way to the Wolfberg arch

The trail is fairly easy to follow to the arch and you could see the arch constantly in the distance … what started out as just a small “hole in the mountain”, grew bigger and bigger as we’ve got closer.

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The trail that took us to the arch

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The glorious Wolfberg arch

There must be a hundred (or more) photo’s of the Wolfberg arch on the internet, but to see this beautiful sight with our own eyes, were truly special!

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What a sight – the Wolfberg arch

We were the first hikers at the Wolfberg arch and pitched our tent at the best spot. Later that afternoon a couple more hikers arrived. A family of four also set up their tent close to ours, while the other hikers only slept in their sleeping bags under the bright stars.

Our beds looked very inviting in our small hiking tent and we were looking forward spending the night at Wolfberg arch

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The peace and quietness were just what we’ve needed after our hike

We were not just carrying food and camping equipment, but also made sure that we’ve had something to drink (other than water 😊).

Berto’s small flask with whiskey and a bottle of water specifically for the whiskey! I’ve carried my petite box of red wine to enjoy under the Wolfberg arch

We’ve taken the time to walk around the arch and enjoyed the spectacular views

As the sun set, it was amazing to see how the arch was changing color to a deep orange.

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The sun throws beautiful colors on the Wolfberg arch

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A breathtaking sunset after a hot day in the Cederberg

As darkness moved in, it meant we could now get ready for dinner. We, once again, got our hiking stove out and Berto prepared a tasty pasta meal for us.

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Pasta time in the Cederberg

After dinner, and after everybody settled down, we’ve had the wonderful opportunity to just sit in quietness under the Wolfberg arch and look at the stars … we seemed so close to it, the stars were everywhere and it felt as if we could reach out to touch them if we wanted to.

We’ve woken up the next morning before sunrise. While sipping on our coffee, we’ve enjoyed the moment to see the sun lighten up the world around us.

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The rising sun was turning the world into different shades of orange

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The sun peeks through the Wolfberg arch

After rolling up our sleeping bags and folding our tent back into our backpacks, it was time to hike back to the Sanddrif campsite.

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The trail now descends down towards Sanddrif campsite

At some places it was quite steep down, but once again, the rock formations were stunning

Today was hotter than yesterday and there was not really any shade once we’ve got on to the jeep trail. We were almost out of water and had to sparingly use the drinking water between us (maybe we’ve used too much water for the whiskey last night 😋).

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The jeep trail we had to follow without any shade against the hot sun

Once we’ve got to the starting point of the Wolfberg cracks, we saw many cars in the parking area. There were quite a lot of hikers on the route today and we were glad we’ve almost walked on our own yesterday.

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Almost at the starting point of our hike yesterday … and probably still another 3km to our campsite

We drank our last bit of water at the starting point of the hike and could hardly wait to get back to our camping spot at Sanddrif!

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A beer at the tranquil Matjies River after a great hike in the Cederberg

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Pure joy! After a hike back from the Wolfberg arch, the cold water was pure medicine for a tired and hot body!

It was an amazing hiking adventure and as always, the Cederberg gave us renewed energy – what a wonderful place!

Categories: The Cederberg

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