Pella is probably the best known mission station in the Northern Cape. The mission station was founded by the London Missionary Society in 1814, to provide sanctuary to the Khoisan people. It was named after a village in Macedonia that gave refuge to Christians in biblical times. Everyone left Pella in 1872 when a severe drought struck the area but in 1878, after the drought had broken, the Roman Catholic Church reopened the mission station. Dates, pomegranates and grapes are grown at Pella and the dates are sold in wooden crates to customers all over the country.
Adventure and Sport
4×4 Route: The Namakwa 4×4 Trail starts at Pella Mission Station, from where it follows the Orange River for 642 km to the sea. Choose from three different routes that traverse areas where no other vehicles dare travel.
Culture / Community Tourism
The town itself is a cultural experience and the inhabitants still live much as their forefathers did.
History and Architecture
Catholic Cathedral: Fathers JM Simon and Leo Wolf slaved together for seven years to build the cathedral that lies next to the walled garden around the perennial spring. Their feat is made even more astounding by the fact that they built the cathedral solely from pictures found in a German encyclopaedia. Some of the first date palms in South Africa were planted in the grounds that surround the cathedral. Both men are buried within the grounds of the cathedral.
Perennial Spring: The perennial spring next to the Pella cathedral supplies water for the grapes, figs, pomegranates and grapes that grow around it.