Our Towns

Bergrivier offers visitors a diverse experience from a long stretch of clear white beaches in Velddrif and Dwarskersbos on the Atlantic, to the rural hinterland hugged by mountains between Piketberg and Porterville. The towering mountain peaks of Piketberg and Porterville are adorned with ancient and intriguing rock formations and fynbos.

The hinterland is the region’s rural heartland – and is crisscrossed by wide dusty farm roads, wheat fields, and small Sandveld villages such as Redelinghuys, Aurora, and Eendekuil. The Sandveld, known for its arid landscape, in spring blooms into a kaleidoscope of colorful flowers.

Goedverwacht is a living landscape rich in culture and heritage. Here you can mingle with the locals; take in a bit of culture and stay overnight in their homes originally built by the Moravian Church in the 1960s.

A perfect hideaway, Bergrivier boasting luxury accommodation ranging from mountain cabins to seaside camping sites.

This historic village, which was established in 1836 and named after the impressive mountain that it clings to, is now booming as more-and-more people are drawn to its many attractions and its close proximity to the city.

Visitors frequent Piketberg to enjoy – amongst many other things – the stunning natural surrounds, the abundant outdoor activities, good food, good wine, attractive architecture (with the old town featuring gorgeously restored cottages as well as the imposing neo-gothic style Dutch Reformed Church), warm country hospitality and rich heritage.

Porterville is a quaint town nestled on the slopes of the Olifant’s River Mountains at the base of the Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area – only 150 kilometres from Cape Town along the R44.

Long known as the home of the rare Disa Uniflora flower, as well as a paragliding and hang-gliding capital – attracting enthusiasts from all over the world – this beautiful town, which was originally established in 1863, is now fast making a name for itself amongst art and food enthusiasts, as well as those looking for a memorable escape from the city surrounded by exceptional natural beauty and country charm.

The hugely popular West Coast village of Velddrif hugs the banks of the beautiful Berg River, just a few kilometres from where the river enters the ocean at St Helena Bay.

The origin of the name of the town comes from a time when a local farmer brought his cattle to find an area to graze across the river and they needed to pass through a “drift” in the veld. Nowadays, in addition to tourism, this growing town enjoys a thriving fishing industry, with many fishing trawlers coming in from the sea to dock in the Berg River at Laaiplek. 

Visitors can look forward to soaking up the rich and welcoming culture and lifestyle of this coastal community, which offers an abundance of activities, accommodation options, and eateries to suite all tastes.

7 - 9 JULY 2022

Introducing the Proudly Porterville: Winter Art Series. A collaboration of Porterville artisans are hosting fun workshops to develop your creative muscles. 

WORKSHOPS

7 - 9 JULY 2022

Choose from 19 workshops over three days hosted by local creatives and supported by selected visiting artists. Tickets available at Webtickets.

JENNY MORRIS COOKING SHOW

8 JULY 2022 18:00

Join us for a delightful evening with Jenny cooking up a storm with local produce and served family-style. She will do a little food comedy as she romances the stove. Enjoy each course with gins from the area. Tickets available at Webtickets.

BERGRIVIER GIN FESTIVAL

9 JULY 2022 18:00

Gin lovers, we hope you are ready for the first-ever Bergrivier Gin Festival! Join us for a culinary adventure that will tickle your tastebuds. Spend the evening exploring 3 of our region’s best gins paired with artisan cheese, tapas & nougat.Tickets available at Webtickets.