After you have, coming from Cape Town, mastered the steep Piekenierskloof Pass and the first range of the Cederberg Mountains, the valley of the Olifants River opens up before you. Once large herds of elephants roamed this valley so the Voortrekkers named the river after them.
Citrusdal has a small museum, which mainly focuses on the history of the town, the first pioneers and the local Khoisan. Next to the museum stands the historical Sandveldhuisie. Today, it houses a coffeeshop and an arts & crafts centre.
Travel hints and accommodation in the Citrusdal region to be found on the blue INFO page.
Photo left: The Olifants River near Citrusdal. Top: View of Citrusdal. Bottom: The Sandveldhuisie.
The first town in the valley is Citrusdal. It is picturesquely situated before the mighty Sneeuberg and is the centre of the orange and lemon growing industries in the Cederberg region. At this time, the area produces 100.000 tons of citrus annually and all, almost entirely for export. The cultivation of citrus has a long history in the Cederberg. On the Hexrivier farm stands the oldest orange tree in South Africa. Its age is estimated at 250 years and still, the tree bears fruit every year.