Porterville, Western Cape, South Africa

Paragliding in Porterville, Western Cape.

Porterville is situated an hour's drive north of Cape Town, 30 kilometres east of the N7. It is set on the foot of the Voorberg Mountain in an area that was once a farm named after Attorney General of the Cape, William Porter.

Farming is the main occupation of this area. The Porterville Wine Cellar is on the Swartland Wine Route and the museum is housed in a historic gaol. This region was inhabited by the San tribe many years ago, before the arrival of the Dutch Settlers.

Porterville is well known for its close proximity to the Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area. Hang gliding is also a popular activity is this area, and it is close to Dasklip, one of the best paragliding launch sites in South Africa and often a venue for national championships.

Porterville is also home to one of the rarest flowers, the Disa Uniflora. It is the only area in South Africa where one can witness fields of these flowers naturally, with the rarest one being the Sulphur Yellow Disa.

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