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.
Once considered a hidden gem, Porterville has now been dubbed as one of the most desirable and popular country towns in the Western Cape – attracting artisans, entrepreneurs, retirees, and families who have triggered a groundswell of growth as new tourism and lifestyle offerings spring up in and around the town – in turn drawing a growing number of welcomed visitors.
Eendekuil is a small Swartland town which lies in a picturesque valley, nestled between the Piketberg and Olifants River Mountains, only 160 kilometres from Cape Town.
Surrounded by Canola fields, which make for a startling carpet of yellow when in bloom, this quaint town was the terminus of the Cape Town railway at the end of the Anglo-Boer war. Nowadays the town plays an important role in the citrus industry as it houses the rail station closest to the farms around Citrusdal to allow for citrus export.
The name Eendekuil loosely translates to “duck shelter” and gives reference to the vast numbers of water birds, especially wild ducks, that frequent the stretches of the Verlorenvlei and Kruismans rivers that drain the Eendekuil basin. The area is a bird watchers paradise, and in addition to this, visitors can look forward to beautiful scenic vistas, wine and brandy tasting at local and nearby cellars, hiking trails, fishing, as well as various eateries, arts and crafts shops and wellness retreats in the nearby area.