Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Olifants River Valley
The Olifant's River meanders through the valley bringing life to the surrounding area.
Without the water this beautiful world of green, the heavy fragrance of the citrus groves that greet you as you drive along, the proud farming community with the renowned Groen Vallei wines would cease to exist. There are many beautiful villages hidden away, that offer warm hospitality to visitors. You can travel around the region for days and days and never get bored.
The majestic Cederberg mountain range towers over Citrusdal; the hub of the citrus growing industry in South Africa. Only two hours drive from Cape Town, this town seems worlds apart with its old-world charm and values.
Citrusdal is unique in that it is surrounded by mountains; the Koue Bokkeveld, Swartberg and Cederberg form a ring around the town with its far stretching orchards that become a wonder world when the orange trees are heavily laden with ripe oranges (also see Cederberg Attractions).
Driving along the farm roads in the Olifants River Valley at this time of year is a surreal experience, no matter where you look, you are surrounded by the heavy smell and the bright orange that make the trees look like they are hung with Christmas decorations. The valley produce high-quality honey, rooibos tea and excellent wines, but the oranges are the real treat. By the time you get to your destination at the Hot Springs Resort you are enchanted and ready to forget about work, stress and city life.
Popular Towns in the Olifants River Valley
Overnight? Accommodation in Cederberg
The beautiful Cederberg, a wilderness area dominated by a craggy mountain range and a nature reserve that stretches from the Middelberg Pass at Citrusdal to just north of the Pakhuis Pass at Clanwilliam - over 70 000 hectares of spectacular...
More info and photographs: Cederberg Information
Stay? Accommodation in Biedouw Valley
The essence of the Biedouw Valley is captured just after the rains, when it becomes endowed with an array of spring flowers that capture the imagination of many a visitor here. Local farmers restrict their herds from grazing in the valley...
More info and photographs: Biedouw Valley Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Citrusdal
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...
More info and photographs: Citrusdal Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Clanwilliam
Resting at the foot of the Cederberg Mountain range, a little over two hours’ drive from Cape Town, lies the little hamlet of Clanwilliam. Regarded as the only town in the world where rooibos is planted and cultivated, it is also famous...
More info and photographs: Clanwilliam Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Klawer
After passing Clanwilliam on the N7 the landscape begins to change. One leaves the beauty of the Cederberg for another beauty entirely. Now the Olifants River, of which one becomes aware near Clanwilliam as it feeds the dam and the orange...
More info and photographs: Klawer Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Lutzville
Lutzville is a small village along this coastline, close to the fresh waters of the Atlantic Ocean. This settlement is on the banks of the magnificent Olifants River, which makes for some beautiful views and excellent photographic backdrops...
More info and photographs: Lutzville Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Wuppertal
Wuppertal is something close to a breath of fresh air in the craggy wilderness of the Cederberg. In a sense the little whitewashed, thatched cottages of the Moravian mission station appear to have been lost in time. One can easily cast one...
More info and photographs: Wuppertal Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Strandfontein
Strandfontein is a small sea side village situated at the mouth of the Olifants River. Strandfontein ('beach fountain') has evolved from being an small rural beach resort to a bustling tourist hub, especially during the wild flower season...
More info and photographs: Strandfontein Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Vanrhynsdorp
Vanrhynsdorp is in administrative terms part of the Western Cape Province, but geographically, Vanrhynsdorp is part of the Namaqualand Region and is the hub of the flower routes. Vanrhynsdorp is the start of the the vast, semi-desert Nama...
More info and photographs: Vanrhynsdorp Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Vredendal
As its name intended, the little town of Vredendal, which borders on the southern tip of the Namaqualand region, is named after a peace settlement that brought harmony between two sparring parties. Part of the original Vreedensdal farm...
More info and photographs: Vredendal Information