Overview of the Bergrivier region
The Bergrivier region is named after one of the major rivers of the Western Cape. It starts in the mountains of Stellenbosch and eventually reaches the Atlantic Ocean at Velddrif.
The river is the main water source for the numerous wine farms along its banks. It is heaven to bird-watchers, fishermen and sailing enthusiasts. It is here where the meandering Berg River flows into the Atlantic, and also the finish-line of the annual Berg River Canoe Marathon. Nearby Port Owen also offers a deep-water marina.
Birdwatchers can spot 183 species, of which at least 70 are water birds in Velddrif itself, or at nearby Rocherpan Nature Reserve. But its not just about the river and the coast.
The inland town of Piketberg stands at the foot of the towering Piketberg mountain in the middle of undulating fields of wheat, green vineyards, fallow land and flowering yellow canola.
Porterville is a picturesque, country town on the slopes of the Olifants River Mountains and is well known for its nearby mountain waterfalls.
The town of Aurora and mission station villages of Goedverwacht and Wittewater are full of character, with many of the original thatch houses in the latter village having recently been restored.
The town of Redelinghuys is situated on the banks of Verlorenvlei, meaning ‘Lost Marsh’, which houses a wealth of rare bird species and is one of the most rewarding birding destinations in the Western Cape.
Eendekuil is ringed by the Piketberg in the west and Swartberg and Olifantsrivier Mountains in the north-east.
Find comprehensive tourism information about Bergrivier at www.travelbergrivier.co.za
Contact Bergrivier Tourism:
Bergrivier Tourism, Voortrekker Road, Velddrif 7365
Tel: +27 22 783 1821
Fax: +27 22 783 1821