Citrusdal, Western Cape, South Africa
Situated on the banks of the majestic Olifants River in the southern extreme of the Cedarburg, Citrusdal is a pretty town surrounded by orange groves. It is set in a tranquil valley between the Koue Bokkeveld and Swartberg Mountains. The major attractions are the beautiful and vibrant spring flowers, a skydiving centre, hot springs and some good mountain bike trails.
Spring is a delightful time. The area is blanketed by pretty flowers and the smell of orange blossoms from thousands of citrus groves waft through the air. Juicy oranges and snacks are sold on the roadside.
Citrusdal is just a 2 hour leisurely drive from Cape Town. The town is located on the N7, 160 kilometres from Cape Town and 60 kilometres from Clanwilliam. This is the last town of significance en route from Cape Town to the southern Cedarburg.
Citrusdal is home to a host of activities, including hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, horse riding and rugged 4X4 enduro/exploration trips. There is also an exceptional wine tasting centre, showcasing the excellent wines of the area. Citrusdal is also popular for its hot mineral baths, with testimonials to its healing powers inscribed on the rocks.
Citrusdal is a leader in the fields of eco tourism and agri tourism, with an emphasis on nature and farming. Farmers in Citrusdal also grow rooibos tea, harvest buchu and wild flowers in the mountains, grow vegetables, produce honey and keep cattle and sheep.
The rock formations of Citrusdal are known throughout the world, and serious hikers, nature lovers and tourists pay homage to these natural spectacles. The Cedarburg Wilderness Area is ideal for nature lovers.
Tourists will also enjoy seeing the oldest orange tree in the country, believed to be more than 250 years old, and resting on the farm Hexrivier in the Citrusdal Valley. This tree has been declared a national monument, and to this day still bears fruit.
Citrusdal also houses a quaint museum in the town's original church building. Together with Cape Nature Conservation, which has the regional headquarters in Citrusdal and Sandveldhuisie, a replica of an early homestead, it forms the Tourist Centre.