Sunday, 28 July 2013


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Sa-Caleta Cove, on the Mediterranean: the website blurb says: ‘Sa Caleta is located next to Lloret Beach. It stretches below a castle that enjoys lovely views.Small boats are clustered along the shore.’ Nice as it is, the Clanwilliam Dam was never like this ...
Caleta Cove : A resort area off the Clanwilliam–Algeria road, on the shores of the Clanwilliam Dam; apparently named after Sa-Caleta Cove, on the Spanish Mediterranean coast, which it does not resemble in any way whatsoever (see photo above)
Calvinia : Rural town in the Northern Cape Province, at the foot of the Hantam mountains; named after John Calvin, the protestant reformer, in 1851
Camp Sallie : A boulderer’s campsite at the De Pakhuys resort, in the Agter-Pakhuis; origin unknown. Possibly named by a homesick American boulderer after Camp Salie, a resort within the Martin-Island-Linwood Lakes Regional Park in Minnesota?
Cape Leopard Trust Environmental Camp : An environmental education centre for children and adults, established by Elizabeth Martins at Matjiesrivier in the Cederberg, and operated under the aegis of the Cape Leopard Trust

Cape leopard: Panthera pardus
Cape Leopard Trust Research Base : Base for research into the endangered Cape leopard, Panthera pardus, under the leadership of Quinton Martins; at Matjiesrivier
Cascade Pools
Cascade Pools : Pools near the head of the Rondegat River, at the Uitkyk resort complex operated by Cape Nature
Castle Rock : Bouldering site near the summit of the Pakhuis Pass, off Amon se Poort

Cathedral Rocks
Cathedral Rocks : Well-known rock formation on the Middelberg plateau, between Algeria Peak and Jurie se Berg; also known as the Organ Pipes
Some of the more bizarre rock art figures at Cave Bee cave
Cave Bee : A rock art site at Bushmans Kloof, distinguished by the presence of tiny, fruit-fly-sized bees that leave smears of tar-like honey on the cave roof
Cedar Peak : A 1691m peak that lies between Krakadouw and Chisel Peak
Cedar Rock : A reserve and resort in the Red Cederberg, on the farm Zuurfontein [“sour spring”, Afr]

A fine specimen of the Cederberg cedar, Widdringtonia cedarbergensis; this one was photographed by Ken Howes-Howell near the Middelberg Hut in January 1941. The tree has gone; more significant, if you look closely, are the thousands of young cedar seedlings that surround this giant in all directions. 
They, too, have gone ...
Cederberg : A Cape mountain range that, it is normally accepted, stretches from the Grootrivier in the south to the Pakhuis Pass in the north; named for the endemic presence of the endangered cedar, Widdringtonia cedarbergensis. The spelling ‘Ceder-’, which is neither Afrikaans, English nor Nederlands, appears on maps from as early as 1900: cf the Farm Survey map of the Clanwilliam area, made by the Field Intelligence Unit under Capt Casgram of the British Army
Cederberg Cellar : Wine cellar at Dwarsrivier farm in the central Cederberg
Cederberg Cottage : Resort near Kriedouw at the western end of Nieuwoudt’s Pass
Cederberg Heritage Route : An organization that runs a series of guided trails that encourage the participation of the less-advantaged communities of the outlying Wupperthal Mission hamlets as guides, donkey-cart drivers, accommodation and meal providers, etc.
Cederberg Oasis : A resort and restaurant in the eastern Cederberg near the farm Vogelfontein; formerly known as Fontein-Meriba. This name comes from the biblical account wherein Moses strikes the rock, causing water to gush from it; ‘meribah’ means ‘the quarrel’, hence ‘spring of the quarrel’
Cederberg Wilderness : Proclaimed on 27 July 1973, the Cederberg Wilderness covers more-or-less the State Forest area known as the Cederberg. Wilderness status (proclaimed in terms of an Act of Parliament) means that the area must be conserved as far as possible in its original condition, etc etc. Whether the status has benefitted the rapidly-disappearing cedar trees is doubtful
Cederfontein Mineral Water Bottling Plant : An abandoned building between Vogelfontein and Grootrivier; it appears to be an enterprise that never took off

Cederhoutkloof; the view upstream
Cederhoutkloof : “cedarwood ravine” [Afr]; the ravine that leads to Hoogvertoon from Eikeboom, in the central Cederberg, presumably an old logging track
Cederhoutkop : “cedarwood hill” [Afr]; a 974m peak in the Pakhuisberge where presumably cedars once grew; there were no cedars there by the 1980s when Rudolf Andrag completed his cedar tree survey
Cederpark : An accommodation facility for farm workers off the R303, near Kunje
Ceres : A major town in the Warm Bokkeveld, on the R303 route to the southern Cederberg. Senator G. Munnik gave the name to the farm he bought in 1854, where the town now stands; Ceres was the Roman goddess of agriculture. The weather forecasting service provides reports for no less than 86 places named Ceres around the world ....
Chaos : A 1560m+ peak south of Sandfontein Peak in the southern Cederberg, known for its difficult jumble of massive boulders

Faith, Hope (partly obscured) and Charity (on the right) 
Charity : One of three peaks north of the summit of the Pakhuis Pass, the others being Faith and Hope, and named by C. Louis Leipoldt; Charity tops out at 1087m, almost exactly the same height as Cape Town’s Table Mountain. Contrary to popular belief the peaks are not named after three local sisters
The line of chubby ladies at Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown : A rock art site at Bushmans Kloof, a shallow shelter that is partially inundated when the Main Dam there is full; named after a dog belonging to Mark McAdam, son of the founder of Bushmans Kloof
Chisel Peak : A 1716m peak south of Cedar Peak and north of Koupoort Peak, on the eastern side of the Clanwilliam Boskloof 

Chockstone; Ferdi Fischer in the view
Chockstone : A huge boulder wedged between adjacent rock pillars or buttresses, forming an arch or doorway of considerable height and width; on the southern side of Middleberg North, it may have been named by Ferdi Fischer in the 1960s
Citadel, Tandjiesberg or Sykadel
Citadel : An extraordinary peak in the Tra-Tra mountains south of Biedouw, formed by a single straight line of very large, upright boulders, resembling the walls of a citadel or fort and extending over nearly four hundred metres in length. It is one of the ‘iconic’ peaks of the Agter-Pakhuis area in that it is visible in almost every view. It is also known to the local residents as ‘Tandjiesberg’ [‘mountain of little teeth’] for its resemblance to a line of teeth, or a ‘Sydekel’, a corruption of ‘Citadel’
Citadel Kop : As above
Citrusdal : A town on the south western edge of the Cederberg, founded in 1916 on a portion of the farm Middelpost to act as a spiritual and commercial centre for the local farming district.
Citrusdal Air Field : As above; for many years it was a base for the Western Province Parachute Club; with the call sign ‘FACI’, it is currently closed
Citrusdal Cellars : As above; a local cooperative wine cellar

Clanwilliam, in about 1870; note the gaol at the end of the street [without palm trees!]
Clanwilliam : A town on the north western edge of the Cederberg, it is one of the older towns in the Western Cape, with a community established before 1800 under the name ‘Jan Disselsvlei’, after the river that runs past it. It was formally established as a town in 1806 and renamed by governor Sir John Cradock on 1st January 1814 after his father-in-law, the Duke of Clanwilliam
The Clanwilliam Dam photographed by Ken Howes-Howell in 1958, 
before the wall was raised by six metres to the present level
Clanwilliam Dam : As above; the dam was completed in 1935 as part of the Trawal-Klawer irrigation scheme, and the wall was raised by six metres in 1966; there are currently proposals to raise the wall by another 15 metres, which will have a considerable effect on the Olifants River Valley, and the roads in the area, especialy the N7 and the Cederberg access road via Nieuwoudt’s Pass
Clay Dam : A small dam at Bushmans Kloof
Consolation Peak : A peak of 1759m south west of the Cederberg Tafelberg, and possibly so named as it is an easier option for those who fail to make the ascent of Tafelberg itself

Deep cracks on Corridor Peak; photo by Graham Bellairs
Corridor Peak : A peak of 1838m south east of the Cederberg Tafelberg, known for the deep cracks and ‘corridors’ on its summit
Country House : An accommodation facility outside Citrusdal on its northern side

Inside the Crack Caverns
Crack Caverns : A series of small cave shelters and cracks just west of the summit of Klein-Koupoort, also sometimes known as the ‘Whistling Caves’ for the effect of strong winds there
Crevasse Peak : A twin peak of 1606m and 1626m that is divided by a deep crevasse; between Klein-Koupoort and Groot-Koupoort

Crystal Pool on a dark, spooky afternoon
Crystal Pool : A pool on the north-western slopes of Sneeukop; it is a well-known landmark on the main footpath between Uilsgat and Skerpioensberg and a favourite camping area. By repute the area is haunted by the ghost of the ‘Engelsman’, the unknown English soldier after whom the nearby ravine that leads to Sneeukop is named, and who was reputedly killed there by Boers who fired a small cannon at him, which blew off his head. His grisly ghost flits around Crystal Pool in the moonlight apparently seeking its head ... some have also claimed that there is ‘something in the water’ at Crystal Pool, but I prefer the former story
Crystal Pool Hut
Crystal Pool Hut : As above, the old foresters’ hut near the pool and which provides an uncomfortable but dry shelter in bad weather
Crystal Pools : A series of pools in the upper reaches of the Boontjieskloof River, outside the Bushmans Kloof boundary; it is unfortunate that the same name as the pool above has been adopted for these
Cyster se Grot : “Cyster’s cave” [Afr]; Cyster was a semi-hermit who reputedly bought the property just south of the present-day Bushmans Kloof from the Wupperthal Mission, for five pounds; thereafter he lived alone in the cave for many years until a house was built for him nearby. He died there in the 1990s when he was more than 100 years old. As the land is now part of the Mission Lands it seems more likely that Cyster merely purchased a lifelong lease rather than the actual property
Cyster se Werf : “Cyster’s place” [Afr]; as above, the house where Cyster died. ‘Cyster’ is pronounced ‘sayster’

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