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Cedarpeak glamping by Andy Reeves

Go wild for a while at the pristine 8000-hectare Cedarpeak wilderness near Porterville. This is a place to be truly jubilantly alive.

Lo and behold, you’ll be sharing the space with endemic Cape fynbos, duikers, grey rhebok, clawless otters, baboons and even the rare Cape leopard. Another surprise: you’ll find the endangered Western Cape yellowfish in the rivers.

Framing an impressionist view of purple mountains, sunstruck rocks and dazzled water, the setting calls for walking – from easy strolls to serious mountaineering and kloofing. When you weary from all that walking, there’s mountain biking too. The ultimate jawdrop for swimmers is a massive dam (which the baboons fancy too!), or cosy up in one of the many rock pools.

Accommodation options have the sort of rugged glamour you’d expect on this beautiful farm. Every interior element is in harmony. Secluded Rooibos is a five-sleeper; seven-sleeper Blomhoff overlooks the mountains; and there’s the rustic off-grid Pumphouse that sleeps two. Two-sleeper Kleinbosch is close to the dam, while open-plan Vleibosch sleeps two.

But hold your breath: there’s glamping too. And what a spot! Complete with a glamping pod, equipped kitchen, beautifully decorated bathroom; as well as an additional outdoor bathroom. All good for up to eight people and the site is rented as one.

Portion 26 of Farm Pampoenfontein, Porterville; Rates: R1 000 – R4235.R1 600 for glamping site; cedarpeakmountaincottages@gmail.com; 

Photo: Andy Reeves