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About Ceres Matroosberg Reserve

The Matroosberg Reserve is situated on the farm Erfdeel which is 35 km from Ceres. The reserve covers more than 1000 hectares of mountain terrain and reaches the Matroosberg Peak, which at the altitude of 2249 m above sea level, is the highest in the Boland, and highest 4x4 trail in the Western Cape.. During the winter months, Matroosberg is often covered with snow and after a good snowfall the southern slopes remain snow-clad for between 6 - 10 weeks. Matroosberg has a beautiful wedding/conference venue and can accommodate up to 250 people. We are popular for Team Buildings, Film shoots, Recreational activities and birding. The Day Spa, Beauty by Nature is situated on the Reserve and double up as hair salon for special functions. ActivitiesAbseiling is done on a variety of slopes; from an easy beginners slope to a long overhang. All equipment and tuition is supplied. For the ultimate abseiling and kloofing experience, you can take a guided two-day adventure through the Groothoek Kloof. It includes pool jumps and 15 abseils with some going straight down waterfalls.Fishermen can enjoy a large, clear water farm dam stocked with wide mouth bass. We offer a great event for team building, functions and group outings with catering. We combine the 4x4 mountain safari with catering in our picnic area. Activities such as hiking, water skiing and snowboarding can also be included. We can accommodate groups from six to 200 guests, depending on your activity list. The 4x4 trail has an average degree of difficulty and takes you up to 2240 m above sea level. The turning point is right at the Matroosberg Peak. There is a 7 km circular route at the top of the mountain which takes you past spectacular rock formations. This part is more challenging, but as an alternative, an escape route can be followed. The route takes you right to the snow.During high-demand snow periods, the cut-off time for entry onto the trail is 11:00 in order to have one-way traffic going up in the morning. NO 4x4s may not turn back before 13:00. This ensures one-way traffic coming down in the afternoon. Apart from the trail up the mountain, there is a 4x2 trail leading to rock pools for swimming, a challenging 4x4 trail along the riverbed and a 4x4 practice area obstacle course.We also sport one of the best High Rope courses in the Western Cape, suitable for young and old.Please note that all actifvities requires trained guides, and therefor booking is essential.

Wedding Venues: We have an in-house wedding planner ideal for the bride that wants something out of the ordinary. Why don't you get married on the highest peak in the Boland?


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Conference Venues

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Dutch
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.


30% OFF Friday & Saturday night full price; Sunday night 50%

Stay between 11 Jan 2018 and 31 Dec 2018 and get 30% off. Valid every Fri,Sat,Sun. .

Important Information

No loud music and no smoking in any of the accommodation. Quad bikes and bikes are not permitted to drive anywhere close to any accommodation. Fires are only permitted in fireplaces. Do not litter. No pets allowed. Speed limit throughout the reserve is 20 km/hr on the roads and 10 km/hr in and around accommodation or where people and children... No loud music and no smoking in any of the accommodation. Quad bikes and bikes are not permitted to drive anywhere close to any accommodation. Fires are only permitted in fireplaces. Do not litter. No pets allowed. Speed limit throughout the reserve is 20 km/hr on the roads and 10 km/hr in and around accommodation or where people and children walk and play. see more

Ceres Matroosberg Reserve Rooms

Reviews for Ceres Matroosberg Reserve

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Marli Hoffman
10 January 2018

Beautiful, remote & relaxing!

Jacobus Skosan
24 March 2017

The place is below standard, not even cleaned , unfriendly, definitely not value for moneyI cancelled my booking forfeited my deposit and wet to book somewhere elseMy wife was furious for the conditions there

Peng-Ta Wang, South Africa
10 February 2015

Great camping spots to escape the city. Loved the benches and bathroom in the private campsite.Lots of shade and warm water is a big plus when you don't have electricity but it adds to the atmosphere. Pity I didn't have a 4x4 or I would have spent another few days exploring. I will return. Thank you for the stay. 

Valencia-May Ferreira, South Africa
15 December 2014

This was one of the best weekends of my life! Matroosberg Reserve is definitely a place to stay with close friends or family. I had all of my favorite people with me and we loved the area. Shady camping areas, amazing rock pools. Thank you to the owners who were very friendly too. We will see you again soon.

N P ROSSEL, South Africa
17 January 2014

Had a great stay. Very neat and tidy.

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Ceres Matroosberg Reserve is 33.7km from the centre of Ceres , the nearest airport 133.1km (Cape Town International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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Ceres Zip Slide Tour

(3.4 km from Ceres)

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