Nestled between the base of the Cederberg and the Olifants River, Citrusdal is home to green citrus orchards. The town and surrounds are world-renowned for free-rock climbing and Bushmen paintings.
In citrus season when you are heading from Kardoesie with the taste of their fresh orange juice still lingering on your tongue you will see the golden orbs of oranges, and other citrus, all along the road. It does not take long to realise that the town’s name which means ‘dale of citrus’ is more than apt.
Even the town emblem that was registered by the municipality in 1959 featured, amongst other things, a hand holding an orange.
It feels as if the farm stalls dotted all along the way are some of the prettiest, and most innovative, in the country. You will not regret popping in to as many of these as your time allows. Inevitably you will emerge with arms laden with jam, atchar, marmalade, preserved and dried fruit, not to mention ginger beer, roosterkoek, vetkoek, milk tart, koeksisters and just about any home product that will make you salivate. The tannies of Citrusdal know their way around the kitchen.
Not too many people know that the Olifants River has the richest endemic fish population in the country. Provided you have a permit (from Cape Nature Conservation) you could go fresh water angling. Clanwilliam Yellow Fish and the Sand Fish, the Rooivlerkie and Barnard’s Klipbaber are only found here but need to be protected. Rainbow trout, Carp and Bass can be caught though.
Apart from responsible fishing the Citrusdal district – about two hours’ drive from Cape Town – offers mountain biking (whilst overlooking the Cederberg and the Clanwilliam Dam), horse riding, quad biking, Bushman paintings, hiking, various 4×4 routes (try your skills at driving in thick sand, on rocky terrain or up steep inclines), natural hot water springs at The Baths and genuine country hospitality.
In fact in all the towns – Piketberg, Clanwilliam, Wupperthal, Vanrhynsdorp, Nieuwoudtville and Garies – along this route you will experience true country hospitality.
A rural town set amongst lush citrus orchards and world-renowned for free rock-climbing and Bushmen paintings
Situated in the Olifants River Valley on the western slopes of the Cederberg Mountains, Citrusdal’s main industry is citrus farming from where the town gets its name.
The Cederberg Mountains offer adventurers a variety of activities including free rock-climbing and paragliding.
Accommodation facilities line the banks of the Olifants River flowing by the town. Options range from guest houses to self-catering chalets to camping.
The mountains are also home to many ancient San rock paintings. Guided walks to the paintings are offered in town and at some of the guest houses.
Go hiking, fly fishing, climbing or take a guided tour through the citrus orchards.