Citrusdal, Western Cape, South Africa




Set in a pretty valley on the banks of the Olifants River at the southern extreme of the Cederberg, Citrusdal is surrounded by orange groves. It is situated between the Koue Bokkeveld and Swartberg Mountains. The major attractions are the spring flowers, a skydiving centre, hot springs and some good mountain bike trails.

Citrusdal lies on the banks of the Olifants River and in spring the air is heavy with orange blossom from thousands of citrus groves. Sacks of juicy oranges are sold on the roadside for a handful of change and the oldest fruit tree in the country has been dated here at over 160 years old.

Citrusdal is a mere two hour leisurely drive from Cape Town. The town is on the N7, about 160km north of Cape Town and 60km south of Clanwilliam. This is the last town of any significance en route from Cape Town to the southern Cederberg.

Activities:

In Citrusdal visitors can pursue nature related activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, horse riding and rugged 4X4 enduro/exploration trips.

There is an excellent wine tasting centre which showcases wines of the whole area. Citrusdal also attracts visitors for its hot mineral baths, and testimonials to the healing powers can be seen inscribed on rocks near the springs.

Farming:

Citrusdal is a leader in the fields of eco-tourism and agri-tourism, with the emphasis on nature and farming. Although Citrusdal is world renowned for its superior citrus products and Goue Vallei wines, produced from grapes grown in the valley and on outlaying farms, the farmers grow rooibos tea, harvest buchu and wild flowers in the mountains, grow vegetables, produce honey and keep cattle and sheep.

Attractions:

The Cederberg rock formations, such as the Wolfberg Arch, are known throughout the world and serious hikers, nature lovers and tourists pay homage to these natural spectacles. The proclaimed Cederberg Wilderness Area offers the true nature lover a face-to-face encounter with nature, seldom experienced in these modern times.

The oldest orange tree in the country, calculated to be more than 250 years old, which stands on the farm Hexrivier in the Citrusdal Valley, has been declared a national monument. To this day the tree still bears fruit.

The town has a quaint museum housed in the town's original church building. Together with Cape Nature Conservation, which has its regional headquarters in Citrusdal, and Sandveldhuisie, a replica of an early homestead, it forms the Tourist Centre.