Cederberg, Citrusdal, Bydidam
Driving towards Cape Town over Piekeniers Kloof pass on the N7, turn off at Eendekuil and drive via Elands Bay, towards Lamberts Bay and then Clanwilliam.
The highlight of this route is most probably the feeling of solitude along a white sandy coastline with a visit to the open air Muisbosskerm Restaurant, where fresh seafood is served right on the edge of the water.
Drive via the old gravel road back to Citrusdal past the Clanwilliam Dam and orange and Rooibos farms. The drive takes 3 – 5 hour and includes white sandy beaches, Clanwilliam dam, sandstone formations, citrus and Rooibos plantations. If you surf there is a big collection of surfing spots, the most famous one being at Elandsbay.
Cederberg and Maltese Cross
From Allandale drive into town and turn right into main road at first stop street. Drive straight through the town onto the old gravel road towards Clanwilliam. After 26 km turn of right to Algeria. Continue past Algeria to Dwars river farm (+/- 30 mins.) where Cederberg wine farm is located and famous bushman paintings, Stadsaal caves, and 6 hour hike to Wolfberg Arch, Observatory or Maltese Cross.
If you have another 3 hours and a bakkie/4×4 drive past Dwarsriver towards Matjiesriver nature reserve. Turn left +/- 10km further along at T-junction. Drive for 1 hour to Eselsbank – ask one of the locals to show you the waterfall and swimming pool (awesome spot). Drive on to Wuppertal 20 min further and ask locals to direct you to the swim hole with unbelievable rock formations. Drive through Wuppertal up Hardekou pass towards Clanwilliam and on top of Pass is Heuningvlei turn off. Turn off and visit this beautiful village – ask the locals to show you the swim hole (stunning). Drive past Biedouw valley towards Clanwilliam and visit Travelers Rest bushmen paintings with a stop just past Pakhuis pass where the world famous Rocklands rock climbing spot is.
Citrusdal to Koue Bokkeveld
Driving into town from the N7, pass straight over the first stop street on the R303 towards Ceres and travel over Middelberg pass into the Koue Bokkeveld – home of Ceres fruits. Explore the wine farms in Ceres, Wolseley and Tulbach, or drive to Porterville and visit the Waterfall Farm (tel nr 082 8781358) to hike 22 waterfalls in 2 hours.
If you have more time you can always hike the Grootwinterhoek hiking trail with “Die Hel” swim spot, which has been rated the no. 1 natural swimming pool in South Africa. The hike is a full day 18km there and back, but definitely worth it
R303 on Middelberg Pass
This is a 3-star resort which also has a restaurant for that romantic dinner on the deck. It offers delicious meals at a great value for money. This restaurant is located about 1km out of town towards the Middelberg Pass.
41 Voortrekker Street, Citrusdal, Cederberg
Located in Citrusdal, Die Sitrus is a popular deli, coffee shop, bar and grill. The coffee shop is open 7 days a week and offers a wide range of items, including breakfast, homemade sandwiches, cakes and tarts. Cederberg being the homeland of Rooibos, we have created a unique selection of flavored Rooibos latte and Rooibos iced tea.The deli specializes in products indigenous to the Cederberg area and gives visitors the opportunity to leave with products handmade by the ladies of Citrusdal. All locally made products are handmade and contain no preservative.
The Grill’s prime-aged Chalmar beef is part of our story. Behind this restaurant’s doors is a thriving team of people whose commitment, passion and loyalty create the foundation for success. Open 7 days a week for lunch and 5 nights a week for dinner, at Die Sitrus the beef is aged to perfection, trimmed to our specifications, and melts in your mouth. Chef owner Johannes takes pride in dry maturing his meat until it reaches the perfect texture and flavor. Just when you think it can’t get any better, the homemade desserts selection will leave you with a difficult decision in your hands.
30 Voortrekker Rd
Rated the no. 1 Coffee shop by our customers, this is a must while visiting Citrusdal. Stop off at the gorgeous ‘The Grapevine coffee shop’ while being served by Salome for something to eat and drink. With its green and white interior, white painted furniture and motifs on the walls, this is a cool and tranquil haven in the Cederberg town.
The menu has something for everyone and the coffee and homemade cakes are definitely worth trying. The deck area outside would be the perfect spot for a winters day but the air-conditioning inside helps with the summer heat. While you’re in the area, pop into De Lovely next door. This gift shop has something for everyone and is well worth a few minutes of your time.