- Western Cape
Porterville is an unspoilt picturesque town on the R44 built on the slopes of the beautiful Olifants River Mountains, 140km from Cape Town. It is a land of extremes, offering diversity, hospitality and authenticity and is famous for the rarest of flowers, the Disa Uniflora and being the only place in South Africa where one can see fields of these flowers in nature. The rarest of these, being the Sulphur Yellow Disa, can only be found in one small colony in Porterville.
The climate varies from dry, hot summers with powerful thermals making it the ideal location for para-gliding and hang-gliding enthusiasts which it attracts from all over the world, followed by severe winters with snow on the mountain peaks and storms rolling in from the Atlantic coast in the west.
Centuries before the arrival of Dutch Settlers, the region was inhabited by San (Bushman) and the mountains in the region contain numerous relics of the past, the most outstanding of which is a rock art painting of a sailing ship east of Porterville on private land.
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.
Only 5km on the outskirts of town visitors can explore 22 waterfalls, hiking trails, mountain bike routes, horse rides and beautiful natural swimming pools. Wine tasting, bird watching, flower viewing and fishing are also popular.
Porterville Cellars have their own unique organically produced wines.
The old naval gun which stands outside the court was used as a signal gun by the Dutch East India Company.
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