Mooi Werf Stone Cottages

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the damage caused by recent veld fires, all hiking trails to the Wolfberg Arch, including this trail, are closed indefinitely.

32º26.03’S / 19º17.51’E

"Traditional Sederberg veldhuisies"

This secluded and private site is situated in mountain renosterveld, just off the Wupperthal route. It consists of beautiful examples of the original old-style Sederberg stone cottages of which very few, if any, are preserved today. It is ideal for the fully-equipped traveller who prefers complete freedom in a quiet setting. It has spacious, thatched stone huts, as well as thatched braai facilities. The neat ablution facilities have hot showers, as well as flush toilets.

If you book at Mooi Werf, we will not take any further bookings from other visitors. You can therefore enjoy total exclusivity in this secluded mountain setting.

Open Period

Mooi Werf is open to visitors for the autumn, winter and spring months of April to October. In April the hot summer days give way to the gentle climate of autumn when the weather is mostly mild and soft at Mooi Werf. The average rainfall for winter is about 250 mm, with occasional snow on the Wolfberg. During the spring months Mooi Werf undergoes a transformation. Now the veld is covered in an abundance of life, with flowers and birds everywhere. This renosterveld biome also has great varieties of bulbous and geophyte plant species, most of which are dormant under the ground during the hot summer months. 

96% of South Africa’s unique renosterveld has been converted into farmland or residential areas. It is gone forever and with it went thousands of rare plants, which are now extinct. The remaining renosterveld, as at Mooi Werf, is very precious indeed. Gentle walks along the mountainsides in spring can lead you to wonderful plants.

Closed Period

During the summer months from November to March, Mooi Werf is closed to visitors. However, where possible, we will consider special requests to make Mooi Werf available during this time.

Mooi Werf is within easy reach of a variety of Cederberg activities and attractions. At Mooi Werf you can also do mountain climbing, leisure walking and mountain biking.  

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The starting point of the shortest and easiest walking trail to the famous Wolfberg Arch, as well as the nearby popular rock climbing spots of Sneeuberg and Tafelberg, are a ±30 minutes (13 kms) drive from Mooi Werf, on the Wupperthal 4x4 road.

A day-trip can be taken to the historic village of Wupperthal in the remote Tra-Tra valley, a missionary station that was established in 1830 by German missionaries. The route there will take you past the villages of Langkloof and Eselbank, an area with colourful traditions. It is recommended that you use a 4x4 vehicle for the trip to Wupperthal.

PLEASE NOTE: Permits for the Wolfberg Hiking Trail are obtainable at the Keurbosfontein farmstead.

Facilities Offered

  • There are 2 houses with 3 single beds each and one house with 2 single beds (= 8 beds with mattresses).
  • Although we provide only 8 beds and mattresses, the houses have ample space to accommodate up to 12 persons comfortably.
  • Each house is supplied with a lantern for light.
  • There are two sets of bathroom facilities, each equipped with a hot water shower, a washbasin and a flush toilet. We supply the gas for the bathroom facilities.
  • There are 2 separate thatched (3x5 meter) braai areas, spacious enough for comfortable seating. Each braai area has an outside water tap.
  • Mooi Werf is for the fully equipped traveller. Visitors bring their own cutlery & crockery, utensils, cooking appliances, fridges, braai equipment, gas supply, bedding, bathroom requisites, chairs, tables, etc.
  • Firewood can be purchased at Keurbosfontein farmstead.
  • Visitors often travel the road to Mooi Werf in ordinary sedan cars, but the last section is in parts uneven and not ideal for motor vehicles with a very low road clearance.
  • Please view the picture gallery for more information about the setting.

Tariffs and Terms

    - R230 per person per night, with:-
    - A minimum of R685 per night for the cottages
    - A minimum of R745 for the cottages for a 1 night only visit
  • Arrival time: from 16h00 & Departure time: 11h00.
  • Visitors bring all their own equipment. Please also refer to Facilities Offered above.
  • Visitors must stay in the stone houses and may not pitch tents outside.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Guns, airguns, slingshots and fireworks may not be used at Mooi Werf.

Reservations and Payments

  • A 50% deposit is required to secure a reservation.
  • Full payment is required 5 days before date of arrival.
  • Payments should be made into the following account:
    Name of Bank: NEDBANK
    Account Number: 118 609 7973
    Branch Code: 198 765
    Swift Code: NEDS ZAJJ
    Account Name: Red Cederberg Tours CC
    Account Address: P O Box 50641, Waterfront, Cape Town 8002
  • In case of a cancellation:
    • 0 to 15 days before date of arrival, 100% of the deposit is forfeited.
    • 16 to 30 days before date of arrival, 75% of the deposit is forfeited.

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At our Red Cederberg accommodation destinations you don’t share your facilities, space or privacy with any other tourists. When you or your group visit any of our tourist destinations, it is allocated to you exclusively, at no additional cost above our normal rental rates.

A letter from Kimberley:

Mooi Werf was exactly what we were looking for. A secluded retreat, near to all the Cederberg tourist attractions, but nicely tucked away from all the busy routes.

We found the Mooi Werf setting to be very neat and tidy. And the bathroom facilities were spotless. The stone work of the cottages is beautiful.

Our visit to the Wolfberg Arch was a highlight, especially for our elderly parents who had always wanted to go there.

From Cape Town:

Thank you, we had a lovely time at Mooi Werf. We cycled on the back road right up to Groot Swartkrans, as well as the Wupperthal road and were amazed by the abundance of spring flowers along these routes.

One morning we hiked up the Tierhoksberg and encoutered a group of six ribbok lower down and then later two groups of klipspringers near the Keurbosfontein beacon. We found some spoor of the Bakkrans mountain zebras at this border fence where it runs along the plateau.

The views from the top towards the Roggeveld mountains in the Karoo are spectacular. We took some unusual pictures of the Cederberg from up there.