Monday, 18 February 2013
The Red Cederberg, South Africa
A window to an ancient world that few people have seen.
Bakkrans in the Red Cederberg is one of the most remote places I've been to in South Africa.
Situated in the Cederberg outside of Matjiesriver. We went via Ceres and then at Op-die-berg towards the fertile valley of Mount Ceder. Mount Ceder is an idyllic resort where kids can be free whilst kayaking, hiking and horse riding in nature.
We met our guide at Keurbosfontein which is an oasis of green. This is gorgeous Cape Country Cottage that is perfect for a romantic getaway. (It is one of the few places in South Africa where Tobacco was originally grown). From there we went in his landrover to Bakkrans which is only accessible by 4x4.
On arrival you'll see what few people have seen before. Largely unchanged for ages these rocks have stories to tell.
The stone buildings and thatch roofs gives this place the qualities that make it unique. The furnishings inside are rustic and comfortable with lots of blankets for cold winter nights and cool thatch gives shade during hot summer days. I love the local dried fynbos indigenous to the area to give the rough edges a women's touch.
The stars are out of this world with no light or air pollution to dim their brilliance. The ancients thought that the sunlight peeked through holes in the sky. What a optimistic point of view.
In the evening we washed out feet in an old fashioned metal basin and poured water with the jug that is reminiscent of the past and for me the ultimate in luxury. A simple but reassuring act that has stood the test of time.
The next day we swam in the beautiful rock pool with views that stretch as far as the eye can see. Leopards although very elusive and shy, are spotted regularly taking a drink from the pool.
There are many rock paintings that are to be admired and hiking for the more adventurous.
Bakkrans is truly a 'gem' that shines brightly for you to see.
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