Things To Do in CitrusdalMarcuskraal 4x4 Trail
Where? Citrusdal, Cederberg, Western Cape
When? Booking is essential.
How? Call +27 (0)22 921-3540
How much? Price on request
Perched between the Atlantic Ocean on the western coastline of South Africa and the almost endless Cederberg Mountain Range is the Marcuskraal 4x4 Trail. This part of the Western Cape Province of South Africa is different to the winelands and coastal stretches to which tourists may be more accustomed. It showcases the rugged, raw beauty; the very essence of the landscapes, its people and its history.
Exploring this from the comfort and excitement of your 4x4 makes for the perfect combination of adrenalin and R&R. The Marcuskraal 4x4 Trail is a circular route that is 24 kilometres long and takes between four and six hours to complete. The terrain is made up of loose rocks and dense sand, with a few sandy ravines, steep rocky inclines and a muddy long-drop.
The climbs demand the correct tyre pressure and alignment, but are very manageable. This is a self-guide route. Along the way, drivers will be taken to the playpen, where the more challenging (some may call them fun) parts of the drive await. Thereafter, the summit of the Dwarsrug is a real treat. From here, the views of the surrounding mountains, valleys and orchards are spectacular.
The best time of year to tackle this route is between May and September, as summers become extremely hot and dry. However, the Marcuskraal Trail is open to drivers all year round. Interestingly, this area is renowned for being the origin of rooibos, which is now harvested for tea, beauty products and its health benefits, and is exported all over the world. There is also an abundance of fynbos, which is endemic to South Africa.
Other popular activities in the area, which are recommended to 4x4 drivers and their passengers, include mountain biking, cycling and bird watching.