Piekenierskloof Mountain Lodge is nestled among the Cederberg Mountains amidst citrus orchards, fields of rooibos, buchu and wildflowers this quaint hillside lodge...
The lively rural village of Citrusdal lies amidst green citrus orchards and fields of rooibos, buchu and wild flowers only two hours’ drive from Cape Town at the gateway to the Cederberg.
Citrusdal is surrounded by gorgeous scenery and lies nestled between the Koue Bokkeveld and Swartberg Mountains. Flowing through this fertile valley is the lifeblood of the farming community, the Olifants River. Citrusdal is synonymous with its superior citrus fruits and products, although local farmers also grow rooibos tea and vegetables, produce honey and keep cattle and sheep, and the Goue Vallei wines are produced from locally grown grapes. The Cederberg, famous for its remarkable sandstone and shale rock formations deposited some 500 million years ago, is a vast region stretching from the Pakhuis Pass in the north to Grootrivier in the south. This rugged and mountainous terrain was originally the home of the San and Khoi peoples, who left behind them a legacy of rock art.
The Cederberg conservancy, essentially a voluntary agreement between private landowners to manage the environment in a sustainable way, exists today as a result of the complete exploitation of the Cederberg’s natural resources for over 70 years. Cedar wood, rooibos tea, buchu and rockwood bark were harvested while farmers used the mountains for grazing. Today the conservancy, along with the Biedouw conservancy and the Cederberg Wilderness Area, seeks to protect the natural heritage of the area and are custodians of the Clanwilliam Cedar tree and the rare Cape leopard.