It’s hardly surprising that people fall in love with the different aspects of the Bergrivier region – from the cool Atlantic in the West, across vast swathes of the Sandveld and Swartland, to the towering rugged heights of the mountains in the east.
If you love ocean breezes, desolate beaches, and the whirling flight of seagulls, then a visit to Velddrif and Dwarskersbos is what you need. Here you can find stretches of desolate beach, ideal for a walk; in winter, and in spring there are whales and dolphins to watch.
Fishing is an all year activity.
If the sea is not for you, it’s easy to find a different mood and a different landscape. Inland from the coast you can explore the region’s rural heart – dusty farm roads, endless rustling wheat fields and windmills that clatter forlornly.
The towering mountain peaks of Piketberg and Porterville, adorned with ancient and intriguing rock formations, and fynbos-scented mountain air sharpens the senses and inspires the soul. Accommodation in the main towns (Piketberg, Porterville and Velddrif) ranges from luxury mountain cabins to seaside camping sites.
Homestays in Goedverwacht offer intimate contact with opportunites for cultural exchanges.
All major towns are accessible by tar roads and a network of gravel roads connects rural settlements (Goedverwacht, Eendekuil, Wittewater, Redelinghuys and Aurora).
Annual events in the region include the Snoek en Patat Fees, Berg River Canoe Marathon and international paragliding competitions.