Piketberg

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.

Located on the West Coast Way Berg Route

Piketberg

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West Coast Way is South Africa’s road trip with the most twists. Explore a unique collection of 101 road trip stops along themed routes by planning a self-drive trip or guided tour for a nature and adventure-filled Cape West Coast vacation. The new West Coast Way “basket” of free routes on offer include the West Coast Way Tractor Route, the West Coast Way Berg Route, the West Coast Way Foodie Route, the West Coast Way Cultural Route, the West Coast Way Wild Route – as well as the newly launched Cape Way Route – all of which are designed to showcase the many attractions and activities that are already on offer on the Cape West Coast and inland areas – but may be unknown to many.

For more information on West Coast Way, the other routes on offer, and the list of 101 Things to Do on the West Coast visit westcoastway.co.za or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777. Connect with West Coast Way on Facebook and Twitter at WestCoastWaySA.

Heading from Cape Town or environs to Kardoesie you will encounter Piketberg that lies at the foot of the cliffs of the Piketberg range on the West Coast Way Berg Route.

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 a beautifully 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 watercolour) that reminds you of visiting your grandmother; precisely the item that you have always regretted getting rid of. She also sells lappoppe (ragdolls) with a difference – you either love them or hate them. They do make for a conversational piece though.

Travel tip:

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, which 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 at a number of quality B&Bs in the town.

Find Piketberg on the West Coast Way Berg Route

Distance from Cape Town: 129.8km
Where: On the N7
Open 7 days a week | Free entry
Contact: +27 22 913 2063 | [email protected]| www.piketbergtourism.co.zaPiketberg

Road-Trip-Southern-Africa-West-Coast-Way-Routes

West Coast Way is South Africa’s road trip with the most twists. Explore a unique collection of 101 road trip stops along themed routes by planning a self-drive trip or guided tour for a nature and adventure-filled Cape West Coast vacation. The new West Coast Way “basket” of free routes on offer include the West Coast Way Tractor Route, the West Coast Way Berg Route, the West Coast Way Foodie Route, the West Coast Way Cultural Route, the West Coast Way Wild Route – as well as the newly launched Cape Way Route – all of which are designed to showcase the many attractions and activities that are already on offer on the Cape West Coast and inland areas – but may be unknown to many.

For more information on West Coast Way, the other routes on offer, and the list of 101 Things to Do on the West Coast visit westcoastway.co.za or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777. Connect with West Coast Way on Facebook and Twitter at WestCoastWaySA.

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