Porterville is a small town nestled at the foot of the Voorberg on the slopes of the Olifants (Elephants) River Mountains, 140 km north of Cape Town.
Quaint and picturesque, Porterville is an unspoilt country town with friendly and welcoming locals, approximately 9 000 inhabitants, offering hospitality and authenticity. The region is famous for the rarest of flowers, the Disa Uniflora - It is the only place in South Africa where one can see fields of these flowers in nature, the rarest being the sulphur yellow Disa, which has been found only in one small colony in Porterville.
Porterville is also regarded as the paragliding and hang-gliding capital of the Western Cape. The town attracts enthusiasts from all over the world when the powerful thermals provide ideal conditions for cross country flying.
The area has hot, dry summers and winters with snow on the mountain peaks and storms rolling in from the Atlantic. The Dasklip Pass is a scenic drive to the mountains and the Winterhoek Nature Reseve where naturists can enjoy various hiking trails.
There is a variety of accommodation to choose from, including Guesthouses, B&B’s, self-catering and the Porterville Hotel.
Things to do and see
- Groot Winterhoek Wilderness
- Heuningberg 4X4 Trail
- Leopard Trail
- Beaverlac Nature Reserve
- 22 Watefalls Camping & Hiking
- Porterville Farmers Market
- Indie Ale Craft Brewery
- Dasklip Pass
- Porterville Cellars
- Swartland Wine Route
- Porterville Golf Course
Porterville receives approximately 455 mm of rain annually with the majority of its rainfall occurring during the winter months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 31˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 5˚C and 20˚C.
Porterville is a farming centre, founded in 1863 after Frederick John Owen, one of the original 1820 Settlers, subdivided his farm Pomona into plots, and named the town after William Porter, the Attorney-General at that time.
Porter arrived in the Cape Colony, bringing what he called “an unspeakable hatred of oppression of every kind”, and set about promoting equal rights and justice for all, regardless of race or class.
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