africamps at de pakhuys cederberg boutique glamping south africa

AFRICAMPS AT DE PAKHUYS, CEDERBERG

A glamping getaway nestled in the iconic Cederberg Mountains

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Known for its dramatic wind-carved sandstone formations, vibrant springtime flowers, and ancient rock art of great archaeological significance, the rugged Cederberg landscape is a place of unique and diverse natural beauty.

AfriCamps at de Pakhuys is located in the heart of the Rocklands in the northernmost part of the Cederberg Wilderness Area, 26 km from Clanwilliam en route to the historic Wuperthal village. Nestled between striking rock faces and picturesque vineyards in the Agter-Pakhuis Valley, 10 fully equipped boutique glamping tents welcome nature lovers, adventure seekers, avid boulderers, and those simply looking to recharge in nature, to a peaceful corner of the vast and beautiful Cederberg overlooking the Pakhuis Mountains.

Rocklands is an alluring and mysterious area covered in dramatic boulders and crags. These ancient rock formations offer some of the best bouldering and climbing sites in the world, attracting bouldering communities from across the globe, and de Pakhuys Guest Farm, their favourite place to retreat while they take on the different bouldering spots around the area.

Multiple hiking trails meander between boulders across the property, with welcome sights like rock pools, San rock art, and even a waterfall along the way. If you’re lucky, you might even spot the elusive Verreaux’s eagle nesting high against the cliffs. A scenic drive to the top section of the farm (accessible only with a 4×4 vehicle) takes you to 60 hectares of rooibos tea lands, 260 hectares of unspoiled fynbos gorges blooming with wildflowers in season, and a rock cave – the perfect spot for a picnic. Take a more laidback approach and spend the day at the camp swimming in the farm dam, fishing for bass in the neighbouring farm dam, or sipping on some fine wines at the winery next door.

When visiting the camp, one is surrounded by a landscape brimming with history. The area is home to magnificent sandstone boulders, carved and sculpted by the elements over thousands of years. Cederberg hosts some of the best-known San rock art in Southern Africa, which many believe to be the richest legacy of rock art on the planet. Thankfully, these sites form part of the Cederberg Wilderness Area which has been protected by Cape Nature since 1973. Dubbed the ‘rooibos capital of the world,’ the Cederberg is the only place in the world where rooibos tea (an iconic South African drink that has been enjoyed for over 300 years) grows naturally.

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About the tents

EXPLORE THE CEDERBERG

Things to do

Enjoy an abundance of outdoor activities at AfriCamps at de Pakhuys, or explore the surrounding Cederberg. Take a look below!

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Extras on the farm

Meals form a special part of any holiday in South Africa. AfriCamps offers delectable locally-sourced breakfast and braai baskets for guests to cook in their fully equipped kitchens or on the braai. Other extra services are also available on request.

Amenities

  • Africamps glamping10 AfriCamps tents (55 sqm)
  • Africamps glamping 5 Guests per tent
  • Africamps glamping2 Extra-length queen-size beds
  • Africamps glamping1 Single bunk bed
  • Africamps glampingOutdoor wood-fired hot tub
  • Africamps glampingSwimming farm dam
  • Africamps glampingPrivate bathroom with hot shower
  • Africamps glampingIndoor fireplace
  • Africamps glampingAir conditioning
  • Africamps glampingElectric blankets
  • Africamps glamping Cot and highchair on request
  • Africamps glamping Bar fridge
  • Africamps glamping Microwave
  • Africamps glamping4-burner gas stove
  • Africamps glampingCutlery and crockery for 5 guests
  • Africamps glamping All the little extras
  • Africamps glampingBraai facilities
  • Africamps glamping Breakfast & braai baskets to order
  • Africamps glampingOnsite shop
  • Africamps glampingWi-Fi at tents
  • africamps south africa glampingDog-friendly
Your Hosts

Meet the Botha and Kruger families – olive, rooibos, sheep, and “rock” farmers who have been running de Pakhuys since its humble beginnings in 2003.

De Pakhuys covers 1,000 hectares of land, including parts of the flat valley floor and massive chunks of an elevated rocky plateau. The rugged outcrops are dotted with about 600 world-renowned climbing sites. The land is situated within the greater Cederberg conservancy and apart from some commercial farming, the vegetation is left untouched to protect the biodiversity of the region.

De Pakhuys farm is situated in the Agter-Pakhuis Valley. The valley’s only link to the town of Clanwilliam is by one of the most scenic mountain passes in the Western Cape, the Pakhuis Pass. Literally translated, Pakhuis means warehouse. The origin of the name is not certain but probably refers to the majestic, stacked rock formation along the route. Recently tarred, the winding Thomas Bain build pass, climbs up to 914 metres above sea level offering breathtaking views of the rugged Cederberg and the innumerable hills towards the Hantam and Calvinia on the horizons.

Here in the mountains, the air is crisp, the sky a crystal blue; down on the earth below, a multitude of twisted and special orange-shaped rocks jutting out from amidst the greenery of shrubs and the occasional tree. It is a space of serene beauty and quiet contemplation, in which anyone of any age and ability can attempt their hand at an activity they never in a million years thought of trying before. Rocklands, Cederberg, is a place of something new and of something special. The Cederberg mountains kick deep into your heart – the Waboom and Gharrabushes, the shy Klipbokke, and the baboons, not to mention the ever-elusive Cape Leopard.

The Botha and Kruger families look forward to welcoming you to AfriCamps at de Pakhuys!

Check-in & Check-out
Check-in: From 14h00 to 17h00 on day of arrival
Check-out: Before 10h00 on day of departure

Check-in arrangements need to be made and guests are kindly requested to inform the specific AfriCamps host of their estimated time of arrival. This way you are ensured of a smooth check-in experience. Full check-in information will be provided in your booking confirmation email.

Activities on the Farm

Hiking trails

There are two established hiking trails meandering through sandstone boulders and along the river on the farm.

Waterfall Trail
A moderate 6 km trail along the banks of the Brandewyn River down into a nearby kloof where the river plummets 500 metres into the Karoo basin, resulting in lovely waterfalls, rapids, and astounding rock formations. For the fortunate bird watcher, you might spot the Verreaux’s eagle nesting high against the cliffs.

‘Die Plaat’ Trail
Another moderate hike along the 4×4 track to “Die Plaat” area of the farm. The hike takes approximately 2 hours but can be adjusted for those who feel like a shorter walk and offers elevated views of the surrounding mountains and valley, which are particularly exquisite to witness during the spring flower season.

Bouldering

De Pakhuys offers a range of bouldering sites including Girl on my Mind 6C, Minky 7B, Black Velvet 8A, Gliding Through The Waves Like Dophins 8A+, Ray of Light 8B, and Witnesses the sickness 8A.

View Rocklands topos here.

Crash pads are available at the camp and can be booked in advance.

Black Diamond DropZone: R130 per day
Black Diamond Mondo: R150 per day
Single pad (second season): R90 per day

Book a crash pad here.

Please note: No climbing is allowed in Rocklands without a valid climbing permit. Permits can be obtained online or purchased at reception.

Swimming

When it comes to cooling down during summer months, guests are spoiled for choice. Take a refreshing dip by the waterfall at the end of our Waterfall Trail or bring along your lilos and some tubes to relax in our farm dam.

Scenic 4×4 drive to a cave

Pack a picnic and head on a beautiful scenic 4×4 drive to the top section of the farm where you will find 60 hectares of rooibos tea lands and 260 hectares of unspoiled fynbos gorges and wildflowers during spring. Hundred-year-old Wild Olive trees, commonly known as olienhout trees, can be found wedged between the rocks. Look for the rock cave to settle down and enjoy some snacks with a view. Please note, own 4×4 vehicles are required.

Private massage therapy

Enjoy a relaxing back and neck massage from the comfort and privacy of your boutique glamping tent. Our qualified massage therapists also offer sports massages, ideal after a day of pushing your muscles at our bouldering sights. Hop in your private outdoor wood-fired hot tub afterward and feel your body relax and unwind.

Private yoga sessions

Book a private yoga session with a qualified yoga instructor and practice your mind and body from the comfort of your tent while surrounded by the stunning Cederberg landscape.

Wood-fired hot tubs

All 10 tents offer the exclusive use of their own outdoor wood-fired hot tub. A wood-fired hot tub is the purest form of relaxation. Soak up the stunning surroundings while listening to the calming crackle of the fire, or take a dip to cool down on hotter days.

Exploring the Area
Bouldering

With 3 771 routes in 86 crags, Rocklands is a bouldering paradise. This dramatic sandstone landscape has become increasingly popular as a world-class climbing destination amongst the international climbing community, offering some of the top bouldering sites in the world. The main bouldering area for Rocklands can be accessed from a parking lot near the top of Pakhuis Pass, which offers widespread views over the distinctly rugged and craggy sandstone landscape.

View Rocklands topos here.

Crash pads are available at the camp and can be booked in advance.

Black Diamond DropZone: R130 per day
Black Diamond Mondo: R150 per day
Single pad (second season): R90 per day

Book a crash pad here.

Please note: No climbing is allowed in Rocklands without a valid climbing permit. Permits can be obtained online or purchased at reception.

Hiking trails

The lesser-known northern Cederberg mountains and surrounding Rocklands are home to some of the most scenic hiking trails in the Cederberg. Some of these quieter trails are unique in that a fellow walker might not be seen for a couple of hours or throughout the entire trail.

The Pakhuisberg Day Hike (10.2 km from camp)
A circular 13 km hike both starting and finishing at the Kliphuis campsite entrance. This moderately difficult hike takes you into Pakhuisberg, offering elevated views of the surrounding rocky landscapes and peaks with close-ups of indigenous wildlife and the diverse fynbos vegetation. Permits must be purchased from the Kliphuis campsite office before the hike.

The Heuningvlei Jeep Track (7.2 km from camp)
The Heuningvlei Jeep Track hike is said to be one of the most scenic hikes in the Western Cape. This moderately difficult hike (depending on how far you go) offers breathtaking views of the surrounding raw Rocklands landscape and expansive Agter Pakhuis Valley. The entrance to the hike is from the gravel parking at the top of the Pakhuis Pass. You can either walk all the way to Heuningvlei, (which is about 11 km away) or turn back at any point you like.

The Sevilla Trail (7.6 km from camp)
A relatively easy 5 km walk from Traveller’s Rest Farm. This fascinating San rock art trail takes you passed nine different rock art sites while following the Brandewyn river. The Sevilla Trail is a comfortable walk that offers insight into ancient San cultures. Local farm game including Springbok, Eland, and Hartebeest may be seen along the trail as well as the common “dassie” (or rock rabbit) and local baboon troops. In addition to the intricate indigenous “fynbos” that surrounds the Sevilla Trail, during springtime, the wildflowers offer an even further depth of beauty to this historically enriching experience. Permits for the Sevilla Trail can be obtained from the Traveller’s Rest farmstall, where a free basic description of the nine rock art sites is available.

Wine and olive oil tasting at Alpha Excelsior

Produced on the neighbouring farm, Alpha Excelsior, Rugged Rocks wine is produced by traditional methods from the neat Shiraz, Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards you see around the farm. The entire process is done by hand – going back to the way that wine has been made for centuries and is aged in oak barrels, ensuring optimal conditions for the wine to mature. The farm offers a winery tour on which guests can taste some of their delicious wines and learn more about the winemaking process.

Alpha Excelsior planted its first olive trees in 2006 and now has 6.5 hectares of Mission & Frantoio Olives. The fruit is small with a bold, intense flavour. Their olives are all hand-picked, brined, and bottled on the farm. Any olives that are not bottled are cold-pressed with their own olive press to produce boutique extra virgin olive oil. Their olive oil is available for tasting and can be purchased at the winery.

San rock art

The Cederberg mountains are home to some of the best-known San rock art sites in Southern Africa, which is thought to have the richest legacy of rock art on the planet. There are over 2 500 known rock art sites in the broader Cederberg region, dating between 250 to as old as 8 000 years. These ancient rock paintings are therefore extremely important sites of Southern African ancestry, offering insights into a time and culture which has largely disappeared.

The best way to explore these historic sites is along the Sevilla trail, a relatively easy 5 km walk from Traveller’s Rest Farm. This fascinating San rock art trail passes nine different rock art sites while following the Brandewyn river.

Rooibos tea tastings

Rooibos tea is an iconic South African warm drink that has been enjoyed by locals for more than 300 years. With the Cederberg being the only place on the planet where rooibos grows naturally, it is only fitting to learn more about this beloved drink on a tea tasting.

House of Rooibos
House of Rooibos, a relatively new initiative of Rooibos Ltd., the largest rooibos tea producer and distributor in the world, offers an extensive variety of rooibos teas including original, organic, and flavoured teas. A variety of 13 different rooibos and honey-bush teas are available in the tearoom and tea garden, along with rooibos cappuccinos, milkshakes, iced teas and ice creams.

Rooibos Tea House
Rooibos Tea House stocks over 100 rooibos blends and flavours which range from natural, herbal, fruity, and sweet, to green, spicy and floral. These are all available for both tasting and purchase. They also offer a unique tea tasting which allows you to choose any seven rooibos teas and enjoy them while reading about the history of rooibos, the production process, and some further facts about this famous South African tea.

Visit the historic Wupperthal village

A visit to the historic Wupperthal village offers a rare window into a village of the early 1800s. The village seems to have gotten lost in time, consisting of quaint thatched cottages portraying the Cape Dutch style in all its glory. Although this beautiful missionary village is only a straight 25 km southeast of Clanwilliam, the road takes you through 75 km of breathtaking scenery, down into the Tra-Tra Valley at the northern foothills of the Cederberg Wilderness Area. The village was established in 1828 by two Rhenish missionaries, Johann Gottlieb Leipoldt and J von Wurm.

Muisbosskerm open-air restaurant

For a seafood experience of a lifetime, unique to the West Coast, pay a visit to Muisbosskerm! The restaurant is an hour’s drive from the camp but should not be excluded from your bucket list. Offering the West Coast’s most sought-after seafood dishes like crayfish, a wide variety of fish, baked, smoked, and grilled, the traditional waterblommetjie stew, to the ever-fresh homemade bread straight from the clay-oven, with homemade butter, this is a dining experience that cannot be missed.

Donkey cart adventures

Explore the rugged, wild beauty of the Cederberg on a donkey cart adventure trail. Donkey carts are the traditional way to travel in the Cederberg – locals used to use donkeys to carry their produce to Clanwilliam. The route begins at the top of Pakhuis Pass, where you can leave your car. The two-and-a-half-hour trail ends in the charming Heuningvlei village, one of the 14 Moravian Mission Church outposts. The small local community is known for its production of traditional dried fruit and organic rooibos tea.

Meals & Extras

Breakfast Baskets

We offer ‘Cook-Your-Own’ breakfast baskets with freshly packed ingredients for guests to prepare. Pre-order your breakfast basket when making your booking. Breakfast baskets should be booked a day in advance.

Each breakfast basket includes the following:

Savoury bread
Sliced bread
Jam
Butter
Cheese
Yoghurt
Muesli
Bacon
Breakfast sausages
Eggs
Fruit juice
Fresh Fruit
Milk
Ground coffee

Cost: R150 per adult | R99 per child (0 to 12 yrs)

Braai Baskets

We offer ‘Cook-Your-Own’ traditional South African braai baskets for guests to prepare. Pre-order your braai basket when making your booking. Braai baskets should be booked a day in advance.

Each braai basket includes the following:

A selection of 400g meat (kids basket include 200g meat)
Garlic bread
Green salad
Side dish
Marshmallows on a stick

*Vegetarian or other option is available on special request

Cost: R195 per adult | R125 per child (0 to 12 yrs) 

 

Rates
Our tents sleep up to five guests, but our rates are based on a two-person stay. Please note that the rates below are a price indication. Please use our online bookings calendar to check live rates and availability. Extras like meals, activities and tours are not included in the price, unless otherwise stated.

Rates from 1 October 2022 – 30 Sept 2023

Low season Midweek
1 May – 30 June, and September 2023 (Midweek: Sun- Thurs)
Excludes long weekends
R1440 per couple sharing

Low season Weekends
1 May – 30 June, and September 2023 (Weekends: Fri – Sat)
Excludes long weekends
R1690 per couple sharing

High Season
1 October – 8 December 2022
8 January – 30 April 2023
15 – 17 June 2023
22 – 24 September 2023
R1940 per couple sharing 

Peak season
9 December 2022 – 7 January 2023
1 July – 31 August 2023
R2440 per couple sharing

* Rates for additional Guests (up to 5 guests per tent allowed):
R295 per adult, R195 per child 3-16yr, child 0-2 years stay free

Rates from 1 October 2023 – 30 Sept 2024

Low season Midweek
1 May – 30 June, and September 2024 (Midweek: Sun-Thurs)
Excludes long weekends
R1590 per couple sharing

Low season Weekends 
1 May – 30 June, and September 2024 (Weekends: Fri – Sat)
Excludes long weekends
R1840 per couple sharing

High Season
1 October – 7 December 2023
7 January – 30 April 2024
14 – 16 June 2024
R2090 per couple sharing 

Peak season
8 December 2023 – 6 January 2024
1 July – 31 August 2024
R2590 per couple sharing

* Rates for additional Guests (up to 5 guests per tent allowed):
R295 per adult, R195 per child 3-16yr, child 0-2 years stay free

Terms & Conditions
Please find our full terms and conditions here: www.africamps.com/terms-and-conditions

Accommodation

All tents sleep a maximum of five people. The following items or services are not included in the price, unless otherwise stated:

  • Food and beverages
  • Activities and tours
  • Daily cleaning service
  • Wood and firelighters for the wood-stove and campfires (for sale at property shop)

Pets

We allow one dog per tent on prior arrangement. 

Music

No noise, parties or music are allowed in the camp unless the guest has booked the entire camp for a function.

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