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Here one finds the perfect combination of nature and tranquillity. This diverse destination offers angling, hiking, bird watching, wine tastings, para-gliding and the distinct taste of Bokkoms.
Welcome to Velddrif – with its age-old traditions, where the stars shine brighter, where the sea and river meet, fish abound and tranquillity resounds in the call of the birds. The meandering Berg River reflects the tranquillity of this fishing village. A birder’s mecca. Peace, silence, tranquillity and lots of space to explore are only some of the terms to describe the beautiful West Coast. And if you throw in the Carinus Bridge, Bokkoms, Flamingos, Fisherfolk and stunning long pristine beaches, then you know you’re in Velddrif!
Porterville is a picturesque town on the slopes of the beautiful Olifantsrivier
Mountains at the foot of Voorberg. The area is famous for the rarest of
flowers, the Disa Uniflora. It is the only place in South Africa where one can
see fields of these flowers in nature, the rarest being the Sulphur yellow disa,
which has been found only in one small colony in Porterville. The Dasklip Pass takes one to the mountain and the hiking trails, to places called De Hel and De Tronk which reveal dramatic rock formations and an abundance of flora and fauna. De Hel is one of the largest natural rock pools in South Africa and the Waterfall Trail leads where waterfalls plummet down towards rock pool and undulating wheat fields.
An area of contrast and unexpected beauty that traverses rugged
mountains and shelters bounful valleys. The beauty is magnified by the
unexpectedness of it all. The perfect way to view the town, which is nestled among undulating wheat fields, canola fields, vineyards, fruit farms and rich fynbos, is from the top of the Piket Mountain. Wind your way along the Versfeld Pass, through acres of pear, apple and peach orchards, to the top of the mountain. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and the scent of wild herbs, while enjoying panoramic views that extend from the West Coast to Table Mountain. Pop in at the fully furnished ‘house museum’ with its archives or old Synagogue hosting the town history. Also pay a visit to the first iron bridge in the Cape Colony that stretched a total of 110 meters (347 G) over the Berg River. Finish off the day with a delightful meal at any of the local restaurants. Piketberg activites include wine tasting, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, canoeing, 4×4, and fishing, to name a few.
Goedverwacht is nestled in between evergreen Mountain Fynbosch off the
R399 between Piketberg and Velddrif. The village was established as a cattle
farm in 1810 by an ex soldier ,Hendrik Schalk Burger.He bequeath the farm
to his former slave ,Maniesa from Bengale and her five children,who had
remained on the farm following the emancipation of the slaves ,with the
proviso that ,when the last of her children had passed away ,the farm be sold
and the revenue divided among their descendants.In 1889 the land was
sold to the Moravian Church for 750 pounds ,who established a Mission
Station and has a fascinang story.The Church building ,modern houses and
beatiful gardens boast examples of fine local craftsmanship ,while the
tranquility of the village is enhanced by evergreen trees,a diversity of
wildbirds along the main road, beautiful historical buildings iincluding a
Mission Store & Watermill. The fertile valley ,rich in history lends itself to agricultural activities.The Snoek en Patatfees is Goedverwacht’s main annual event and is held in celebration of the survival of the inhabitants of Goedverwacht(“Kloewers”).
A charming village set against the Piketberg Mountains in the Sandveld. Aurora is situated midway between Piketberg (N7) and Velddrif (R27),
approximately 50km from both towns and a scenic 185km’s drive from Cape
Town. Aurora is known for its Sandveld houses, pretty town square and
kaleidoscopic fields of wildflowers in spring.