The stunning Cedarberg mountains are about as away from it all as you can get within a two hour drive from Cape Town, the lush orange and citrus groves that the town of Citrusdal is named for, skirting dramatic rocky mountains with hidden waterfalls and crystal rock pools. Traces of the Khoisan heritage remain in cave paintings and rock art and the whole area is a paradise for lovers of the outdoors and adventure sports, its unspoilt natural beauty the perfect antidote to city life at any time of year.
The small farming town of Citrusdal in the Olifants River Valley is the gateway to the Cederberg region, a starting point for whatever adventure the mountains inspire, whether its rock-climbing, mountain-biking or just a gentle hike to contemplate life among the grandeur of the incredible sandstone rock formations. The fertile valley provides a lush contrast to the stark rocky scenery, and being able to pick oranges and naartjies fresh from the trees before setting off on a hike is just one of the many pleasures. A soak in the hot springs at The Baths, a visit to the Cederberg Private Cellar, horse-riding trails, or a visit to the weekly farmers’ market outside the Sandveldhuisie are all on the list of possible things to do.
On hot summer days ramble only as far as the nearest mountain pool with a picnic and a book, dipping in and out of the crystal water all day until the sun dips and it’s time to head home for sundowners and a braai. In winter and spring the chill nights give way to sunny clear days, perfect for all day hikes, but you can also choose just to curl up with a book by a log fire, play board games with the kids, listen to birdsong, and stargaze up into the clear Southern African skies at night.