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Wupperthal

It's worth visiting this isolated rural community just to travel the 90-minute dirt-road trip from Clanwilliam, with its breathtaking views of the twisted shapes and isolated tranquillity of the northern Cederberg. An interesting stop along the way is the Sevilla Rock Art Trail, a wonderful self-guided 2km-long trail that visits 10 fine rock-art sites and is an easy, magical introduction to the genre (you'll need a permit and map from nearby Traveller's Rest (tel. 027/482-1824). Once in Wupperthal, you'll feel lost in time: It looks pretty much the way it did when it was established as a Moravian mission station in the 1830s. In fact, some Wupperthal farmers still use sickles to reap, donkeys to thresh, and the wind to sift their grain.

You can't miss the Tourism Bureau (tel. 027/492-3410; www.wupperthal.co.za; Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm), on Church Square, next to Leipoldt House. This, the oldest building in the village, also houses the Lekkerbekkie (Little Sweet Mouth), which serves refreshments. To get to Wupperthal, drive east of Clanwilliam via the Pakhuis Pass on the road to Soetwater. Take the road south some 40km (25 miles) off the Pakhuis Pass Road at the appropriate sign to the Biedouw Valley. From here, you have to travel some 30km (19 miles) via the Uitkyk and Kouberg passes.

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