Including Wittewater and Redelinghuys
Less than two hours drive from Cape Town lies the rural town of Piketberg. It offers the visitor varied possibilities – spaces to release one's energy or try your skills at fishing, hiking, mountain biking, or simply relaxing and enjoying the breathtaking scenery.
Exploring the myriad of opportunities brings the visitor in close contact with the biggest asset of the area: its people. Their connectedness with the earth can be sensed in every contact.
The extraordinary beauty of nature comes as a surprise to many visitors – from wide open spaces in a tapestry of colours, depending on the season, to high rising peaks of Table Mountain sandstone. The abundance of pristine fynbos and bird life give nature lovers all the entertainment they could ask for. Birding opportunities abound for the ornithologist or for someone who is just out to enjoy the cheerful twitter.
Wind your way up the Versfeld Pass, through acres of fruit orchards, to the top of the mountain. Proteas and other local products, such as fruit preserves, can be purchased at designated shops. Piket-bo-Berg activities include, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, fishing and canoeing. The more adventurous spirits can take a solo flight, hang gliding or paragliding off the Piketberg Mountain with an undisturbed view of the open spaces below. Watch the beautiful sunsets or marvel at the night sky where light pollution has very little impact on the display of stars. If you are in the area at the end of the month, there is a great fresh produce market. For the cultural traveler the area offers the mission stations Goedverwacht & Wittewater where it is easy to stroll to monuments, sites, historical buildings whilst interacting with the locals. The region’s cultural heritage is a living tapestry of colour, tastes, sounds, smells and experiences.
The unassuming village of Redelinghuys lies 60 km from Piketberg in the unforgiving landscape of the Sandveld, which in spring turns into a kaleidoscope of colour. The area also boasts one of the largest natural water areas in the country and one of the few coastal fresh water lakes in South Africa, Verlorenvlei. It has been declared a RAMSAR site and is a paradise for bird lovers.
Discover the mystique of the wines and champagne of the region at a local wine tasting or indulge in the outstanding arts of internationally acclaimed local artists. Varied, authentic and affordable accommodation caters for all kinds of traveler – whether you want to rough it or have a five star experience; whether you want to spend one night or a long leisurely holiday. Take time to experience true country hospitality.