Wildlife, Bushmans Kloof, Cederberg, South Africa

West and Northern Cape

Defined by majestic mountains, long stretches of beach, farmland valleys and further inland, the semi-desert Karoo, this area is certainly varied in terms of attractions and places to visit.

Stretching up the western coast from Cape Town, explore the West Coast National Park, rich in geology and nature and stop at the fishing village of Paternoster. Something of a secret amongst locals, it retains a real authentic flavour with miles of sandy beaches, highly ranked restaurants serving excellent fresh seafood and some really lovely places to stay.

To experience some of South Africa’s ancient heritage visit the West Coast Fossil Park and the Cederberg Mountains to see San rock art paintings against dramatic backdrops. All of this, mostly to yourself.

Cederberg, South Africa
Cederberg Mountains, South Africa
Wildflowers, Cape, South Africa
Wild flowers, Cederberg Mountains, South Africa
Oryx at Bushmans Kloof, Cederberg, South Africa
Oryx at Bushmans Kloof, Cederberg, South Africa

Why visit the West and Northern Cape

  • Experience an authentic South Africa, away from the crowds
  • Diverse landscapes from the beautiful coastline and the rugged Cederberg Mountains to the dramatic semi-desert Karoo
  • See the springtime flowers of Namaqualand, a carpet of colour in the beautiful Cape
Namaqualand, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Namaqualand daisies, South Africa

Holiday Idea

This overland journey encompasses the best of the Western Cape, showcasing a quieter, more authentic side to South Africa. Begin with the bustle and history of Cape Town, before travelling north to the endless beaches of the windswept Atlantic seaboard and majestic beauty of the Cederberg Mountains. Finally, Hermanus for whale watching and boutique vineyards.

11 days

from £3,295 pp

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Experiences

Tell us what you love doing and we’ll curate a journey that’s perfect for you.

Rock art at Bushmans Kloof, Cederberg, South Africa

Cederberg Rock Art

Explore some of the wonderful examples of rock art scattered among South Africa’s Cedarberg mountains.

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Namaqualand, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Cycle Namaqualand

Cycle through colourful Namaqualand daisies, exploring the landscape of the Cederberg.

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Junior rangers, Tswalu, South Africa

Junior Rangers

Join the Junior Rangers programme at Tswalu Kalahari, perfect for young children.

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Cederberg, Western Cape, South Africa

Self-Drive Adventures

Drive through the diverse landscapes of the west and northern cape, from the beautiful coastline and the rugged Cederberg Mountains to the dramatic semi-desert Karoo.

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Meerkats, South Africa

Meerkat Experience

Meet a habituated family of meerkats on a family friendly safari at Tswalu Kalahari – an unforgettable encounter with these delightful creatures.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Simbavati Cederberg Ridge £££££

  • Africa
  • Wilderness

Cederberg Ridge is a luxurious wilderness lodge in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains, overlooking the Cederberg Wilderness Reserve and beyond.

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Bushmans Kloof £££££

  • South Africa

Bushmans Kloof is a family-owned lodge with an exclusive and private wilderness reserve and wellness retreat, situated at the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains in the Western Cape.

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Abalone House £££££

  • South Africa
  • Boutique

Abalone House is a boutique guesthouse situated in picturesque Paternoster on the west coast; set in the tranquil south side of the village, this property is merely 200 metres from stretches of white sand beaches, with direct access.

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Tswalu Kalahari- The Motse £££££

  • South Africa

Tswalu Motse lies at the foot of the Korannaberg mountain range, with uninterrupted views across the grasslands of the Kalahari.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Rachael Tallents

Adventure, discovery and my curiosity for people and the natural world is what drives my love of travelling.  I am grateful for my parents’ desire to explore, and from an early age my eyes were open to diverse landscapes, cultures, and underwater worlds.

For the last 16 years, I have worked for a leading luxury tour operator designing incredible journeys for discerning clients and travelled to some magical places. I am excited to have joined Steppes Travel, and to be working for a company with such strong ethical and sustainable values.

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Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

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Chris Johnston

Chris is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Africa.

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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