Cederberg World Heritage Site

Mountain range in the Western Cape, South Africa

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Cederberg Wilderness Area
Hikers walking a path towards a rock pillar; in the background a steeply-sloping mountain.
Sneeuberg, the highest peak in the Cederberg, with the Maltese Cross in the foreground.
Map showing the location of Cederberg Wilderness Area
Map showing the location of Cederberg Wilderness Area
LocationWest Coast, Western Cape, South Africa
Nearest cityClanwilliam
Coordinates32°20′S 19°5′E / 32.333°S 19.083°E / -32.333; 19.083Coordinates: 32°20′S 19°5′E / 32.333°S 19.083°E / -32.333; 19.083
Area710 km2 (270 sq mi)
Established1973
Governing bodyCapeNature
World Heritage site2004 (Cape Floral Region Protected Areas)
www.capenature.co.za/reserves/cederberg-wilderness-area/
Part ofCape Floral Region Protected Areas
CriteriaNatural: ix, x
Reference1007-002
Inscription2004 (28th session)
Extensions2015

The Cederberg mountains are located near Clanwilliam, approximately 300 km north of Cape Town, South Africa at about 32°30′S 19°0′E / 32.500°S 19.000°E / -32.500; 19.000. The mountain range is named after the endangered Clanwilliam cedar (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis), 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 CapeNature.

Cederberg is now the generally accepted spelling for the area, which combines the English (Cedarberg) and Afrikaans (Sederberg) variants.


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