Wolfberg Arch

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012

Wolfberg Arch

We took a lovely drive from Cape Town around 3.5 hours then an early morning start for an 8 hour hike to view these wonderful rock formations in the Cederberg Mountains near Clanwilliam. Scenery was beautiful and so peaceful , take plenty drinking water though.

The Mountain range is named after the endangered Clanwilliam Cedar which is a tree endemic to the area. The mountains are noted for dramatic rock formations and San rock art. The Cederberg Wilderness Area is administered by Cape Nature. Cederberg is now the generally accepted spelling for the area , which combines the English (Cedarberg ) and Afrikaans (Sederberg ) variants.

There are several notable mountains in the range , including the Maltese Cross , Wolfberg Arch and Wolfberg Cracks. The dominant characteristic of the area is sharply defined sandstone rock formations ( Table Mountain Group ), often reddish in colour. This group of rocks contains bands of shale and in recent years a few important fossils have been discovered in these argillaceous layers. The fossils are of primitive fish and date back 450 million years – Wikipedia