Things to do in Citrusdal

28 August 2017

What Citrusdal lacks in tall buildings, it makes up for in vast natural landscapes just waiting to be explored. Set off in practically any direction, and you’ll soon stumble across mountain ranges peaked with snow, grassy plateaux, cave paintings, rock climbing walls and much, much more.

Escape from the day to day drudgery and head to the Cederberg, a veritable playground for hikers and mountaineers, offering as much space for solitude and time for contemplation as one could wish for. The mountain trails cater to both the beginner day hiker as well as the rugged, seasoned, leave-your-cellphone-at-home, I-only-eat-what-I-catch adventurer.

If you prefer your trails to be of the more vertical variety, there are rock climbing and bouldering areas, too! Head off to the Wolfberg Arch and Cracks, Tafelberg and Krakadouw for some traditional climbing, Sanddrif Crag, Rooiberg and Truitjieskraal for some sport climbing, as well as Rocklands for bouldering. Stop by the Maalgat pool afterwards for a swim!

For the art historians, the area is full of ancient cave paintings dating back as far as 28 000 years just waiting to be analysed and discussed over a bottle (or three) of Piekenerskloof wine. From images of animals to people – everything in between (also known as therianthropes, for the Trivial Pursuit players among you) – the Stadsaal, Truitjieskraal, Southern Arch and Varkkloof areas are rich with history.

I haven’t even mentioned the natural beauty, the geology, the botany and zoology, the horseriding and mountain biking, the star gazing and swimming – not to mention the wine tasting. We wouldn’t want to give too much away, so come through and discover Piekenierskloof, Citrusdal and the Cederberg for yourself!

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