We arrived at Marcuskraal 4×4 and Camp Site to excellent sunny winter weather. Marcuskraal is situated 20km from Citrusdal just off the N7 and is approximately 2 hours’ drive from Cape Town. It’s always great to not spend too long on the road to get to a particular venue. At the campsite reception and were welcomed by Willem and Sonelda Fourie, the farm manager and manageress. Nothing was too much trouble for either of them with Willem giving me all the information I needed relating to the spring flowers, 4×4 trails and lookout points, while Sonelda very kindly brought a TV down to the communal area so we could watch the Boks comprehensively beat Argentina in the rugby test. Thanks again to both of them for their hospitality.
Though it was winter, there were still many guests
Marcuskraal has 13 terraced camping stands, all with power and water. The camping stands have lush green grass and are spacious. The ablutions are exemplary with cleanliness levels that get a 10. Most of the camping stands enjoy shade from trees. Also available at Marcuskraal are 4 chalets, 6 luxury rooms with kitchen and braai area, and 5 basic rooms with en suite bathrooms. Dishwashing facilities are also abundant for campers as well as a communal undercover braai area for groups of campers to enjoy.
The chalets, luxury rooms and ablutions at Marcuskraal are pristine
I bumped into Ernst and Marina van Schalkwyk who were enjoying some time off in one of the chalets and they could only enthuse about how wonderful their accommodation was and the surrounding Cape Fynbos. I had spotted them earlier as they had just finished walking the mountain route. The mountains above Marcuskraal are majestic and offer excellent hiking opportunities. The spring flowers were out in full bloom when we were there, which is any photographer’s dream and the stuff for nature lovers flock to this area for. Even though it was winter, there were quite a few other campers, caravanners and chalet dwellers, testament to the popularity of this beautiful venue. It is also a working citrus farm and the oranges were ripe for the picking. We just had to pluck an orange and taste the fruit grown within feet of the campsite, delicious.
The spring flowers were a sight to behold
Marcuskraal is blessed with a few 4×4 trails which range in difficulty, for those who want to test their off-road abilities. The campsite also has a large swimming pool with an adjoining lawn that I’m sure is full of children and adults during summer. Marcuskraal is completely safe and the farm is self-contained, which allows visitors to enjoy safe walks in nature and on the surrounding mountains within the farm’s fenced borders. There is a small kiosk that sells necessities such as braai wood, ice and memorabilia such as Marcuskraal caps and stickers.
The chalets & luxury rooms are decorated in a very tasteful fashion
Marcuskraal offers highly affordable rates and is a must weekend getaway for campers and 4×4 enthusiasts wanting to explore and experience the true splendour of the Cedarberg and West Coast Regions. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Marcuskraal and we plan to visit again in the near future. At least we know we can safely watch the rugby if there is a test being played while we are there.
For more information and to book time away at this wonderful campsite, fill out the enquiry form below and the Marcuskraal staff will get hold of your to offer booking options and availability.