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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Wolfberg Cracks Wolfberg Arch Cederberg hiking

Wow, what a pleasure to get a report from one of our blog readers on their recent visit to the Cederberg too.  Thank you to Ingrid and Gareth for sharing with us their version of this awesome experience, and the great photographs to go with it too. 

Im most certainly going to push for an overnight at the Arch on our next visit in the flower season.  You have inspired us with your images too.  Hopefully next time we go, there will be less clouds for us to do some night photopraphy of the stars too.

Herewith their version of this hiking trail...



Hi there once again.
Well, I don't know where to begin!
We arrived at Cederberg Oasis on Friday afternoon after a stop at Sanddrif to collect our permits for the Wolfberg and Stadsaal.


Stadsaal is amazing and a great into into weathered rock formations but the best was yet to come!









The hike to the Cracks and Arch went well though our backpacks presented a bit of a problem getting through narrow spaces but we made it. What an adventure! At the top of the cracks we debated whether to camp there in the soft sand and hike to the arch in the morning but eventually headed off to the arch arriving at around 3 pm when all the day hikers had long gone.









Our evening at the Arch was amazing - there had been quite a lot of rain and the night was cool. Both the sunset and sunrise was unlike anything ever experienced, the plateau below the arch was grey in the early light and both Gareth and I agreed it had a sort of Martian vibe - almost sci fi and alien.





I think of all the places on earth that have had an impact on me, this must be one of the top 3.  


At sunrise Gareth scampered below to take pics and I wrapped myself in my sleeping bag and watched the dawn. The memories will never fade. I almost backed out of number 3 crack and I would have missed out on so much! Thanks for all your help and advice !!
Thank you so so much
Ingrid Hardman


Well done to Ingrid and Gareth for surviving a night out in the cold on the alient planet called Earth :)
~Ed.

2 comments:

Coenrad Morgan said...

Hi, I stumbled across your page and have seemingly been sucked into its gravitational pull, not complaining, really enjoy it.

Enough of the wat, wat, time for the wat nou, is there ANY OTHER route to the Wolfberg arch other than through the cracks? I have made 2 attempts, one involving me stuck in a real but wrong crack with a bat for company, I have never made it through ( or found the right crack ), I am not all that keen on slogging up there again for nothing.

Juanita Aitkenhead said...

Hi Coenrad,

I can send you a map of the route if you like, its worth finding the 'door'.

I dont know of other ways up either, sorry. pls send me your email or contact number we will be glad to help you with an accurate explanation

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