101 Trail Guide | 2010
Biedouw 4×4 Trail
The Biedouw 4×4 Trail is known for its scenic splendour and its remoteness. This varied trail starts in the Biedouw Valley.
Just getting there is part of the adventure, as you travel via Clanwilliam and the Pakhuis Pass, with the Cederberg scenery as eye candy.
The 30 km mountain trail is an interesting mix of rock and sand, and can be demanding in places – although there is minimal risk of vehicle damage. It starts with a steep, rocky ascent that should be carefully negotiated.
The sand challenge that follows the ascent, has caught more than one driver off guard and is sure to increase the heart rate. The trail continues along rocky outcrops as it climbs higher into the mountains.
It traces a river past a series of natural pools and two waterfalls – a great stop for kids who will love swimming in the whirlpool created by the waterfall.
The trail winds through dense fynbos fields, proteas and impressive rock formations, past a cavern and rock art gallery, and taking in Bushman paintings en route to the northernmost lookout point, which is the turnaround spot. There you can look onto Sneeukop – the third-highest peak in the Cederberg – and Krakadouw Peak.
The track then winds its way down again to the foot of the mountain, eventually joining up with the old Wuppertal road, back to camp. There is also an obstacle course in the riverbed near the farmhouse where, depending on the time of year, the water can be quite deep. The problem isn’t going into the river and crossing it, it’s climbing out on the other side.
Self-catering farmhouse and camping, with hot/cold showers, flush toilets, grass and trees
Hiking, cycling and swimming. Quad bikes and motorbikes are allowed and day visitors are welcome. You can also visit the nearby village of Wuppertal.
What you need to know
Nearest town: Clanwilliam (54 km)
Best time to go: All year, but it is exceptional during flower season, which is from August to September.
Trail distance: 30 km
How long will I be driving? 5-6 hours
Barry and Mariette Lubbe
073 542 2972,
027 482 2845
What you should know
Barry & Mariette Lubbe
027 482 2845
073 542 2972
30km | 5-6 hours
This is an exceptional destination that is especially beautiful during the flower season from August and September. The route takes you through rich fynbos lands, between proteas and beautiful rock formations. There's also a magnificent cavern, lined with Bushmen paintings, that is a must see. Take the time to swim in the whirlpool created by the waterfall along the trail.
This relatively short and undemanding route starts in the Biedouw Valley, best known for its exceptional flowers during August and September. The track leads to a viewpoint where you can see as far as 100km away, including Sneeukop, Klein Tafelberg and Krakadouw, the three highest peaks in the Cederberg. The route varies from sand to loose rocks, but won't damage your vehicle. The trail is well-signposted with several allocated stops and lots of water.
Camping facilities available - with hot showers