The original meaning of Piketberg was, loosely interpreted, Outpost Mountain, according to the late T.V. Bulpin, a prolific South African author on local travel and history.
Heading from Cape Town or environs to Kardoesie you will encounter Piketberg that lies at the foot of the cliffs of the Piketberg range.
If not well-acquainted with Piketberg, the architectural gems found here, will absolutely delight you: the Neo-Gothic Dutch Reformed Church, the Mission Church and the Old Synagogue; the Voortrekker Garage with its quaint murals of old jalopies; two ornate buildings in Church Street, one served as a commercial building – it has beautiful restored broekieslace (curlicued iron work) – and the other as the old Commercial Hotel; Katzeff House, one of the oldest houses in Piketberg – it is thought that it might have served as a boarding house in its time; the police station and the former sheriff’s house; and the old bioscope, affectionately called the Bio, that now houses the Bio Cafe which sports a painted advert for “Bio Radiators – Algemene Herstelwerk” on the side of the building.
At Martha Robertson Algemene Handelaar (general dealer) you might just find that dresser or painting (oil or water colour) that reminds you of visiting your grandmother; precisely the item that you have always regretted getting rid of. She also sells lappoppe (rag dolls) with a difference – you either love them, or hate them. They do make for a conversational piece though.
Piketberg is less than two hours’ drive from Cape Town. Once here you can go fishing, hiking, mountain biking, hang gliding, paragliding, birding, organic wine tasting or dirt jumping. Alternatively opt to relax and enjoy the natural beauty around you.
Accommodation options – views included in the price – include guest houses, B&B’s, self-catering accommodation, farm cottages or chalets, and camping or caravan sites.
Heading north from Piketberg the towns of Citrusdal, Clanwilliam, Wupperthal, Vanrhynsdorp, Nieuwoudtville and Garies await you.
This original defence barrier is the region’s largest producer of table grapes. Go paragliding off the Piketberg Mountain or hike among proteas
A historic town named after one of the Cape West Coast’s stand-out mountains
Lying at the foothills of Piketberg Mountain – an island of rock standing alone in the region – Piketberg is a historic town established in 1836 when the farm Grotefontein (big fountain) was given the church council.
The Dutch Reformed Church in town today was designed by architect Carl Otto Hager. It has sharp, white spires towering into the sky – a trademark of Hager’s neo-Gothic style.
On a clear day, Table Mountain is visible from the top of Piketberg you can reach via the Versfeld pass. Not many people know about the steep pass, but it’s a must-do if you have a car.
Go paragliding from Piketberg Mountain, hiking or simply take in the magnificent views.
Accommodation is available a number of quality B&Bs in the town.