The craggy rocks of the Cederberg speak of ancient times, of sand, snow and extremes – and of early artists who lived hunted and left their art in thousands of rock art sites thousands of years ago. For modern nature lovers, it’s breathtaking.
Zuurvlakte, a private conservation area, which is open to just a few hikers each day, has no developments just the same wild sandstone mountains, fynbos and caves that would have been home to the San and Khoisan people. We braved the elements in an eco-friendly camp, which was set up just for us with snug bivouac tents that had down duvets and which let us gaze at the stars into the night. A cunningly converted horse box, called the shit hot shower trailer, was also at our disposal. Fires were lit, meals were prepared and boy, did we dine in style.
The Milky Way hung over the rocky mountains like a giant star spangled veil and kept us up till late as we painted the rocks with torches and fussed over our long exposures, tripods and compositions.. 0ur days were spent in wonderment too as we followed the tracks of aardvarks, leopards and jackal down sandy tracks past exquisite and delicate succulents which were pushing up through the sand.
We spent two nights at Giants, and all agreed that we could have spent a third. Then the heavens clouded, the rain came in, and boy were we glad with the friendly team, warm fires and creature comforts back at the main camp at Mount Ceder.
Interested in doing a trip like this? Why not join photographer David Rogers at Giant’s Camp in September 2021 and in 2022.