Porterville was established in 1863 and named after the Attorney-General of Cape Town, William Porter. The town is situated at the foot of the Voorberg Mountain (“Mountain in Front”).

Adventure And Sport

Angling: Angling is a popular pastime and Porterville hosts many angling competitions.

Hiking and mountain-biking: There are several trails in the area.

Paragliding and hang-gliding: Paragliding and hang-gliding use the Voorberg Mountain as a launching pad and many less-adventurous people also enjoy the magnificent views over the area.


Porterville Wine Cellar: This cellar offers wine-tasting opportunities and also sells its wines directly to the public.

Fauna And Flora

Groot Winterhoek Nature Reserve: The reserve includes the second highest mountain peak in the Western Cape and has many hiking trails that can be attempted.

Scenic views: The Dasklip Pass has several viewpoints from which the countryside can be surveyed.

History And Architecture

Dutch Reformed Church: The church was established in 1925.

Jan Danckhaert Museum: The museum has exhibits on the town’s history and includes a Khoisan display.

Naval Gun: The gun was fired to alert local farmers when ships arrived in Table Bay so that they could travel to Cape Town to sell their produce to visiting ships.

Old Roller Mill: The original mill is still in use today.

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