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The lively rural village of Citrusdal lies amidst green citrus orchards and fields of rooibos, buchu and wild flowers only two hours’ drive from Cape Town at the gateway to the Cederberg.
Citrusdal is surrounded by gorgeous scenery and lies nestled between the Koue Bokkeveld and Swartberg Mountains. Flowing through this fertile valley is the lifeblood of the farming community, the Olifants River. Citrusdal is synonymous with its superior citrus fruits and products, although local farmers also grow rooibos tea and vegetables, produce honey and keep cattle and sheep, and the Goue Vallei wines are produced from locally grown grapes. The Cederberg, famous for its remarkable sandstone and shale rock formations deposited some 500 million years ago, is a vast region stretching from the Pakhuis Pass in the north to Grootrivier in the south. This rugged and mountainous terrain was originally the home of the San and Khoi peoples, who left behind them a legacy of rock art.
The Cederberg conservancy, essentially a voluntary agreement between private landowners to manage the environment in a sustainable way, exists today as a result of the complete exploitation of the Cederberg’s natural resources for over 70 years. Cedar wood, rooibos tea, buchu and rockwood bark were harvested while farmers used the mountains for grazing. Today the conservancy, along with the Biedouw conservancy and the Cederberg Wilderness Area, seeks to protect the natural heritage of the area and are custodians of the Clanwilliam Cedar tree and the rare Cape leopard.
Shorter walks include the Cederberg winery, which has been making wines since the late 1970s and offers some wonderful hikes. The Cederberg Observatory on the farm Dwarsrivier offers not only some amazing hiking opportunities, but is home to an observatory complete with a 16” telescope, a shed with a roll-off roof and unpolluted dark skies with magnificent mountain views.
And if you get a moment, try to visit the oldest orange tree in the country - over 250 years’ old and a national monument - which stands on the Hexrivier farm in the valley of Citrusdal.
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This little talked about gem lies just 25 kilometres outside of Porterville, roughly 2 hours from Cape Town, in the Olifants River Mountains in the Cederberg. Over 5 000 hectares of wilderness gives one the opportunity to completely unwind amidst beautiful specimens of fynbos, naturally occurring waterfalls ... more information
Bushmanskloof Wilderness, lying in the northern Cederberg wilderness roughly 270 kilometres from Cape Town, is a South African Natural Heritage Site and it is not difficult to understand why it deserved this label. Not only does it form part of the Cape Floral Region, itself a world heritage site, but it is also pretty ... more information
The Cederberg Wilderness Area lies some 200 km north of Cape Town. This vast area stretches from the Middelberg Pass at Citrusdal to north of the Pakhuis Pass at Clanwilliam, encompassing some 71 000 ha of rugged, mountainous terrain. The Cederberg was proclaimed a wilderness area ... more information
Groot Winterhoek Wilderness area, with its extraordinary rock formations and popular hiking routes, lies about 120 km north of Cape Town in the Western Cape. The Reserve is situated in the Groot Winterhoek mountain range, north of Tulbagh and east of Porterville. The greater Groot Winterhoek ... more information
The beautiful Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve lies on the eastern edge of the Cederberg Mountains, managed as part of the greater Cederberg conservation area, roughly three hours from Cape Town and 35 kilometres beyond Algeria. This arid part of the world that falls in a transitional zone between the ... more information
The Nieuwoudt Pass is a dirt road that occurs roughly halfway between Citrusdal and Clanwilliam, off the N7. It is actually an alternative route to Clanwilliam and takes one past two well known and loved holiday camping sites – Algeria and Jamaka. It is indicated by a road sign that says 'Algeria Cederberg' that ... more information
The Olifants River wine route starts at Citrusdal, 180 km outside of Cape Town and meanders along the river for 120 km until it reaches Lutzville and the country’s most westerly vineyards. This area around Lutzville is regarded as one of the most ideal wine growing areas due to its mild climate, misty ... more information
This wine route extends between Citrusdal, along the river, to Lutzville Vineyards. With its exquisite combination of river and ocean views, set against the backdrop of rolling vineyards that seem to go on for miles, Olifants River Wine Route is an idyllic escape from city living as you ... more information
The drive from Clanwilliam to Wuppertal in the Cederberg, the incredible wild and mountainous region that attracts hikers and lies roughly three hours' from Cape Town, takes one across three wonderful mountain passes, one of which is the Pakhuis Pass. The other two are Hoek Se Berg and Kouberg Pass, possibly not as ... more information
Find the Piekenierskloof Pass on the N7 from Cape Town. Its descent takes one into the town of Citrusdal, and leaves behind the Swartland, a tapestry of wheat farms. It is one of the most scenic and easy to drive passes in the Western Cape, with views from the summit that are worth stopping for. The Piekerneerskloof ... more information
The Cederberg has some of the most incredible wild flowers during the flower season that usually happens around August/September. Particularly for those travellers who can't make it all the way up to Garies and other gems like Nieuwoudtville, the Cederberg is as wonderful an option. And a lot closer to Cape Town ... more information
Savour the peace and quiet of the Suid Bokkeveld and the Cedarberg Mountains on a route that links Nieuwoudtville and Wupperthal via Moedverloor (the route is also sometimes called the Moedverloor Route). En route are a group of authentic small scale farmers that you can visit, guided hikes ... more information
The Swaarmoed Pass lies in the Matroosberg just outside of the town of Ceres. Like the town, it is well known for snow in winter – if not on the pass itself, then views from the pass generally will include snow, icy weather depending – and fruit (the Ceres valley that is, not the Swaarmoed Pass, and not at the same time ... more information
Located in the heart of the Cederberg, Uitkyk Pass forms part of the myriad gravel back roads so popular with bikers, campers and hikers in this incredible wilderness. It also has one of the best view points at the top of the pass. Roughly two hours' drive from Cape Town takes you into an area filled with ... more information
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