Aurora, meaning ‘The first light’, is a very small village at the foot of the Piketberg. The area is very hot in summer but the evening breezes blowing from the magnanimous Atlantic Ocean cool down the village in the evenings.
Adventure And Sport
Hiking and mountain-climbing: Outdoor enthusiasts can go on full-day hikes on Aurora’s Sun Mountain or Mountain Mist Trails. Sun Mountain has a cave with San paintings. Mountain climbers also enjoy their adventures on the mountains. Several of the hikes take visitors through areas with unique flora.
Mountain biking, 4×4: Bike trails meander up Mountain Mist and 4×4 trails are also available in the surrounding area.
Fauna And Flora
Fauna: The area surrounding Aurora is home to many different species of mammals and birds. The game is small, such as steenbok(rock bucks) and porcupines. Birds are mainly giant eagles which nest in the surrounding mountains.
Flora: Aurora has a unique variation of fynbos and in early spring the area blossoms into a flower-garden wonderland.
Scenic views: The road leading to Redelinghuys leads to Sun Mountain, Mountain Mist and the Radar Station. Visitors will be welcomed there with a magnificent view of St Helena Bay and on clear days one can even see Table Mountain.
History And Architecture
Buildings: Aurora has many old Sandveld houses and several buildings featuring late Victorian architecture.
Annual Show: Aurora hosts an annual agricultural and gymkhana show in August. Participants and spectators from all over the country are drawn to these shows.