If your heart needs to be quiet - just for a little while - the Cederberg offers a calming respite within the Cape Floral Kingdom.
It's a landscape that feels like it belongs on another planet, and that at any moment you just might start running out of oxygen. But what runs out instead is life's baggage, deflating away into cool rivers, dances in the dust, pink proteas and ancient trees fighting against its own extinction.
A whispering place where the voices of ancients wind their way through cracks and bristling fynbos, the Cederberg Wilderness Area is a place where you'll leave with bruises from exploration.
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Winding down roads, passing playgrounds where it looks like a giant threw a tantrum, dashing rocks and boulders everywhere. They stand as contorted faces and ethereal animals, seemingly man-made in their perfection.
Tough communities who have made their home among the crags and fynbos face the threat of fire and drought constantly, but they have a certain peace in their daily lives that's hard to come by in the cities.
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Ancestors whisper through the landscape, their only proof of existence in rock art and stories, yet the Cederberg keeps them alive in the mountains.
And just perhaps you too will hear their forgotten song when standing quietly on the precipice of a boulder, watching the sun disappear into golden rivers.
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For accommodation options, find out more from CapeNature.
*Disclaimer: Gabi Zietsman from Traveller24 was hosted in the Cederberg Wilderness Area by CapeNature.
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