Middelberg Pass

Mountain Passes in or near Citrusdal, Cederberg in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Western Cape Tourist AttractionsMiddelberg Pass

Where? On the R303 between Citrusdal and the Koue Bokkeveld in the Cederberg, Western Cape

Overnight? Stay in Citrusdal, in Western Cape

The Cederberg is one of the most scenically vivid areas in the Western Cape. Just three hours from Cape Town brings you to a wilderness composed of mountains, sandstone formations, winding streams, river pools and space that goes on forever.

Driving through these mountains entails navigating numerous passes, and the gravel Middelberg Pass is one of these.

Suitable for all vehicles, Middelberg Pass lies on the R303 between Citrusdal and the Koue Bokkeveld, south east of it. Middelberg Pass is one of three passes on this beautifully scenic route that, in essence, form one long pass.

Elandskloof Pass is closest to Citrusdal, the Middelberg Pass, as its name suggests, is in the middle, and the Buffelshoek Pass lies just beyond it. In-between the passes are beautiful farm-filled valleys with citrus orchards and dams.

Interestingly the Cederberg Wilderness Area, a 70 000 hectare reserve, begins at the Middelberg Pass and stretches across this mountain-dominated terrain as far as the Pakhuis Pass.

The Middelberg Pass begins where the Elandskloof Pass ends, not far from Citrusdal and the Olifants River Valley, almost opposite the Moreson Farm. The initial ascent is not difficult with a gently curving gravel start up through the valley between Toppie se Berg and Meulsteenkop. Interestingly, where things begin to get a little difficult, at various moments along the Middelberg Pass, the road is tarred to help with the gradient increase.

This means that at no time is any serious driving necessary, and one is able to drink in the views despite the twists and turns, if one drives at a moderate pace. However, watch out for the odd hairpin bend that is surprisingly tight.

As you leave the valley below, there are wonderful views out over orange and lemon orchards. The drive only starts tightening, as you would expect from a mountain pass, towards the summit, where the views are worth the drive.

From the top one can see Grootberg and Witberg mountains and follow with the eye the pass as it descends ahead on the road. As the road merges with the Buffelshoek Pass, look out for a small parking space in amongst huge rocks, from which the views are again incredible.

A good place for a picnic lunch is a wonderful series of oaks near Op die Berg village.

Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in Citrusdal

Cedar Kloof Eco Camping Villages

Self Catering

Cedar Kloof Eco Camping Villages

Cedar Kloof Camping Village is tucked away in natural Fynbos vegetation on the banks of the Olifants River with each ... more

Hebron Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering

Hebron Guesthouse

Hebron is a working farm, restaurant, guesthouse & farmstall. Recently upgraded to ‘AA Superior Accommodation’, we ... more

Wolfkop Guest House

Self Catering

Wolfkop Guest House

Lying 5km from Citrusdal, at the foothills of the Cederberg, Wolfkop is a 450ha reserve featuring privately-appointed ... more

SA-Venues.com has been assisting travellers with their South Africa travel plans since 1999, and is the largest online travel guide for South Africa available in both English and German.

SA-Venues.com © 1999-2016. All Rights Reserved. Find and book hotels and accommodation in South Africa. Sitemap