Citrusdal (“Citrus Valley”) was established by the Dutch Reformed Church in 1916. Its surrounded by beautiful countryside and the magnificent Koue Bokkeveld and Swartberg Mountains. The town and its surrounding countryside is famous for its superior citrus products and the wines from the Citrusdal Cellars. The town is also known as the “Gateway to the Cedarberg”.
Adventure And Sport
Outdoor Activities: The area offers opportunities for hiking, mountain-biking, rock-climbing and scenic drives. Those who want to push their 4×4 vehicles to the limit will also have plenty of opportunities.
Sky-diving: Sky divers share the skies with the region’s birds.
Water-sport: Citrusdal also offers water-sport activities, such as canoeing and fresh-water angling.
Art And Crafts
San Rock Art: A guided tour takes visitors to several San rock art sites in the mountains.
Citrusdal Wine Cellar: The cellar produces several highly popular wines. Visitors are welcome at the cellar to taste and buy wine.
Goede Hoop Citrus Co-op: This co-op is one of the largest citrus-packing sheds in the country and conducts frequent tours of its facilities.
Goue Vallei (“Golden Valley”): Try some of the excellent local wines and buy, buy, buy.
Fauna And Flora
Bird-watching: Bird-watching expeditions are one of the popular activities of the area.
Cedarberg Wilderness Area: Citrusdal is very close to the Cedarberg Wilderness area where visitors will find several hiking trails and rock-climbing routes.
Wild flowers: From late July to September, the Citrusdal area is also decorated by a carpet of wild flowers. This phenomenon attracts many visitors to the area. The more subdued beauty of the fynbos vegetation can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Piekenierskloof Pass: The pass overlooks the fertile valley and the Cedarberg Mountains. See the magnificence of the area spread out before you and marvel at nature, especially in spring (from late July to September), when wild flowers clothe the area in their warm vibrant colours.
History And Architecture
Citrusdal Museum: The museum reflects the lifestyles and history of the Khoisan and the early pioneers.
Craig Royston Outpost: The Craig Royston Outpost is the town’s original outpost, dating back to 1860. This outpost is now a museum and also has wine sales, a farm shop and offers light meals.
Hot Springs: Even the early explorers believed that the nearby hot springs had healing powers. The site contains both hot and cool pools.