ABOUT CEDERBERG PARK, KROMRIVIER
Where It All Started
Cederberg Park is located on the historic Kromrivier Farm, which was first established in the 1800s. Purchased in 1856 by Gerrit Nieuwoudt of Vogelfontein, the farm was originally solely used for grazing and accommodation consisted of nothing more than a small dwelling constructed near the spring. It was not long before Gerrit’s son, Ernst Nieuwoudt, developed it into a fully functioning farm, and by 1868 the old farmhouse was finally completed.
The Mountaineers’ Paradise
By the early 1900s the farm was under the management of Ernst’s grandson – the ever-friendly and sociable Wit Andries Nieuwoudt. It was during this time that Kromrivier became known as the ideal basecamp for hiking in the Cederberg, becoming a popular destination for avid mountaineers and adventurists. The hikers were accompanied by porters and pack donkeys. In a journal dated 1928, the Mountain Club of South Africa mentions how the Kromrivier Cave was used as the base camp for exploring uncharted terrain and mapping new hiking routes.
Family Holiday Destination
By the 1960s the next generation of Nieuwoudts, Andries’ son Rensie and his wife Olive, had taken over the farm. As more and more people visited Cederberg Park, the house became so crowded that they decided to build a campsite and what is known today as the “Farm Cottages”. Even though Olive originally hails from Surrey, England, she instantly fell in love with Rensie and the Cederberg – in fact, she even wrote a book about it, titled “My Cederberg Story” which is available for purchase at our farm stall.
Achieving New Heights
Cederberg Park’s plans for restoration and upgrade of the facilities started in 2012. Today Kromrivier Farm is the oldest and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Cederberg region, renowned for its warm hospitality, unrivalled hiking opportunities and breathtaking natural surroundings.