The only way to travel the 109 miles (176 km) between Cape Town and Cederberg is by car. A private transfer is ideal for travelers who hope to go wine tasting along the way. Car rental is also easily available in Cape Town.
The direct route option is via the N7 highway. This route includes scenic country views with the option of stopping at numerous wine farms and farm stalls along the way. There are two other route options that take slightly longer but offer different scenery. One option is to travel through Paarl with the chance to explore the Ceres region.
This 14-day road trip itinerary offers the chance to explore the Cape region, Oudtshoorn, parts of the Garden Route, and much more.
By Private Transfer or Rental Car
Duration: 2-3 hours direct, more with stops
When leaving Cape Town, we recommend travelers leave after 9 am or before 4 pm to avoid rush hour traffic. Rental cars are easily available in Cape Town—although private transfers are ideal if you choose to visit attractions that are on Cederberg’s gravel roads or go wine tasting along the way. Most private transfers offer a set fee irrespective of the number of travelers.
The quickest route to Cederberg is via the N7 highway. Those who don’t stop along the way can expect this trip to take two hours with scenic views along the way including Piekeneerskloof Pass. Travelers will leave Cape Town on the N1 highway and turn onto the N7 shortly after passing Century City. Thai and Braai Farmstall Restaurant, Desert Rose Farm Stall, and De Tol Farmstall are well-recommended places to stop at for lunch or to buy both fresh and preserved food. The towns Malmesbury and Morreesburg also offer an array of wine farms and sight-seeing opportunities for travelers to experience.
There are two alternative routes. One route option is to travel along the N1 highway through Cape Town’s northern suburbs before turning onto the R304 and R302. At the town Malmesbury, you will travel along the N7 for the rest of the way. This route takes an extra 10 minutes. Another option is traveling along the N1, R101, R46, and R365. This route is an extra hour—but offers scenic mountain views and takes travelers through Paarl’s wine region. This route also goes via Ceres: a town famous for scenic country views, wine farms, and hiking routes.
After arriving in Cederberg, travelers will need a rental car or private transfer to get to different hiking trails and attractions.