West Coast, Elands bay, Cederberg, Citrusdal 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 sea food is served right on the edge of the water.
We took a winding route, up through Franschhoek (enjoying the rich white wines) and the exquisite passes around Worcester and up from Ceres. The lush valleys transform into the real Cederberg from here. Completely isolated boulders stand as if fallen from the sky. Our small oasis of Mount Ceder finally appeared, the green grass and olive groves in contrast to the deep rocky terrain. We braaied; the river flowing past of the cottage. Fearless bright yellow birds dropped down beside us.
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.
Wuppertal Area, Cederberg, Western Cape - There are two things that are amazing about Wuppertal in the Cederberg. The first is the drive to get there. If you are driving from Clanwilliam, through the Biedouw Valley, and it is flower season, you may be forgiven for stopping right there, and think you were in heaven. Wuppertal can also be reached from Citrusdal, along a back 4×4 route which is one of the most awe inspiring experiences. And then there is the trip back ….
We hiked to the waterfall, trying to avoid swarms of large, bumbling, blue beetle-like monster things having a pollen feast. I kept my resolve quite well... I remained calm and retained my pace... until the second one hit me, and we were running along the trail screaming like small children. We had lunch and then a freezing dip at the waterfall, delaying the inevitable trip back - which ended exactly as we had arrived. Next, the obligatory horse ride, and then, sadly it was time to go...