Cederberg Experience | MTB

Citrusdal to Op Die Berg

This trip is run by arrangement

Cederberg Experience MTB Tour

Cycle into the heart of the sublime Cederberg Wilderness area, with its ancient rock art, dramatic natural formations & wide-open spaces. We love this special place!

Day 1 – Afternoon Pick-Up & Transfer

Day 1 sees us embarking on our journey with an afternoon pick-up and 2.5 hour transfer to Piekenierskloof Mountain Retreat outside of the small town of Citrusdal.

Day 2 – Citrusdal to Clanwilliam – 95.5km/ 1324 Ascent

We ease into the ride with 20km of tar along the ridge of the mountains and then follow the Olifant’s River before climbing up into the Cederberg Mountains, skirting past Algeria and then a gradual decline all the way past Clanwilliam Dam and into town.

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Cederberg Experience MTB Tour
Cederberg Experience

Day 3 – Clanwilliam to Clanwilliam – 93 km/ 1543m ascent

Our ride continues down the river before heading into the hills, where the land is dry and expansive as we loop around the mountains, surrounded by amazing rock formations. We enjoy a local lunch at Travellers Rest, before cycling back via the infamous Pakhuis Pass – a short, steep climb, followed by a loooooong downhill into Clanwilliam.

DAY 4 – Clanwilliam to Sanddrif         71 km/ 1416m ascent

If anyone feels cheated at this point, they can leave early and cycle the 20km tar climb up Pakhuis Pass. The bulk of riders however, will load up and transfer up the pass. From here we head off-road on the donkey cart route through Heuningvlei and on through the missionary town of Wuppertal. On the other side of this sleepy town is a steep and memorable concrete climb, before the ride levels out on sometimes rather sandy, but perfectly rideable track, all the way to Sanddrif Resort in the heart of the Cederberg proper. Here we overnight in simple cottages and enjoy some traditional fireside cheer under the stars.

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Cederberg Experience
Cederberg Experience MTB tour

Day 5 – Sanddrif to Mount Ceder – 47km/ 899m ascent

This is a short day, allowing for some wine tasting & exploration of the local rock art sites and awe-inspiring rock formations at the Stadsaal (City Hall) and Truitjieskraal, before cruising along the well-maintained dirt road to Mount Ceder Resort for a relaxing afternoon soaking in the tranquillity of this special wilderness area.

Day 6 – Mount Ceder to Op Die Berg and shuttle to town – 49.4 km/ 761m ascent

There are still some big rollers to contend with as we head southwards down the valley between the mountains. After approx. 50km we load up and head back to the city, stopping for lunch at a secret location en route. If you are catching a flight home, do not book before 18h00.

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Cederberg Experience MTB tour

*E-Bikes are welcome on all our tours. Now anyone who can ride a bike can be included!

Price: TO BE ADVISED, based on number of participants


  • accommodation for 5 nights (Good quality mix of hotels, chalets & cottages)
  • all meals, from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 6
  • all transport, incl *group airport transfers
  • qualified guide/s
  • vehicle back-up where possible all riding days ( at times the vehicle may have to meet up with cyclists at the nearest exit point)
  • transfer of bicycles & luggage
  • drinks & snacks en route daily


  • all items of a personal nature, e.g. tel calls, laundry, etc
  • all drinks not dispensed at the roadside, including soft drinks & all alcoholic beverages, bottled water & fancy coffees
  • bicycle rental – bring your own bike or rental bikes available on request
  • bike courier fees where applicable
  • *any transfers outside of the group transfer times
  • airfares
  • gratuities

anything not mentioned above



Cederberg Experience | MTB


    All participants are required to sign a copy of our indemnity form and wear a helmet at all times while cycling.

    Deposit – A non-refundable deposit of 25% of the total tour fee is required to confirm the booking. This must be paid within 7 days from receipt of invoice or your dates will be automatically released.

    Balance Payment – Balance of payment is required no later than 8 weeks (56 days) prior to departure. Late applicants may, however, join the tour subject to availability.

    Cancellations – If the cancellation is received up to 56 days or more prior to departure, the appropriate deposit will be forfeited. In the event of cancellation less than 56 days prior to departure, the following charges will apply:

    • 56 – 42 days – 50% of total fare
    • 41 to 28 days – 85% of total fare
    • less than 28 days – 100% of total fare