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Rocks Stadsaal Caves (Matjiesriver NR)

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Located in South Africa :: Western Cape (Cedarberg)
Category: Attraction :: Rocks

Situated within Matjiesriver Nature Reserve on the Eastern boundary of the Cederberg mountains which form part of the Cederberg conservancy area.

Hidden in a complex of bizarre eroded rocks one will find bushmen rock paintings and above all the Stadsaal caves with fantastic natural vaults, arches and pillars. No doubt the early bushmen must have lived in these natural shelters and the valleys must have been teeming with wildlife.

The name ‘Stadsaal’ (meaning ‘City Hall’) is inherited from the fact that it was used as a community meeting place approximately during the 1940’s. It’s name became more official after the old South African National Party held a meeting there just before coming to power in 1948. One will still find preserved graffiti featuring the names of DF Malan and other famous political figures.

There is any easy trail that takes you around the rock formations, and can take about 30min to walk. You can spend an hour here or the entire day.

Permits are required to visit these caves, and can be bought in any of the nearby Cederberg conservancy offices at Algeria, Driehok, Sandrif, Kromrivier, Nuwerust and Oasis. The caves entrance is locked and you will not be able to enter without a permit and security key.

Address :  Cedarberg, South Africa
Contact :  Cape nature
Tel :  +27(0)27 482 9922
Email :  Click Here
Website :  Click Here
Cellphone Reception :  Nothing


8km from Dwarsrivier on the road to Ceres, there is a nature conservation sign which indicate the direction to Stadsaal caves.

Rates and Payment
Fee/s :  Adult: ZAR40; Child: ZAR20. Wild Cards entry is free. (Updated Mar-2018)

Child Friendly Safe Parking Available Motorbikes Not Welcome

Hiking Trails Stargazing Photography
More Activities :  Viewing rock arts and paintings.
Notes on Activities :  (Some activities may be offered nearby).

Travelling Information

Self Drive Access :  Yes
Vehicle Type :  ALL
 Travel Tip!

No fishing, fires, buses, pets or quad bikes are allowed! Fill up with fuel in Clanwilliam, Citrusdal or Ceres before taking the Cederberg / Algeria turn-off or the turnoff at Op-Die-Berg!

A permit is required to visit this attraction, available for purchase from CapeNature’s Algeria office.

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