Sip, savour and celebrate in the Dwarsrivier Valley

July 2023 You’ll be delighted to learn that Dwarsrivier is home to several award-winning food and wine experiences. The culinary offering is as diverse as it is delicious and gives visitors plenty of opportunities to support local entrepreneurs and initiatives. As you embark on a scenic drive over Helshoogte pass, you will be greeted by […]

Discover Family-Friendly Delights in the Spectacular Dwarsrivier Valley

Welcome to the Dwarsrivier Valley, a captivating destination nestled in the heart of South Africa’s Cape Winelands. This enchanting region offers an array of experiences that cater to the whole family. From Le Pommier Wine Estate’s delightful tastings to outdoor adventures and culinary delights, the Banhoek Valley has something for everyone. Join us as we […]

Township & Village | Pniël on Foot

The Stellenbosch district had one of the largest slave populations in the Cape. In 1799, close to 11 000 slaves – mostly from East Africa, Madagascar, India and the East Indies – were recorded as living inStellenbosch. On 1 December 1834 slavery came to an end in the Cape, leaving the now freed slaves landless […]

Chrysanthemum Show 2023 | Words by Francois Koegelenberg

There is a beautiful place that I am lucky enough to have stayed in for a good 13 years now! It is called Pniël and is in between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch slab bam in the most beautiful wine lands on the globe! Pniël has a long history both happy and sad because the freed slaves […]

Spend a day in the Dwarsrivier Valley

When you cross over the impressive Helshoogte mountain you find yourself in the Dwarsrivier Valley.  This beautiful valley is steeped in culture and history with interesting people and interesting stories. And the stunning mountain and valley landscapes serve as a soul-stirring 360-degree backdrop for a range of enriching indoor and outdoor experiences that will suit […]

Dwarsrivier | A nature lovers paradise

From soft adventure to intense trail running and mountain biking, the Dwarsrivier Valley offers outdoors’ enthusiasts a depth of experiences to suit their wanderlust. Kilometres of hiking and mountain biking trails are set against the backdrop of an extraordinarily beautiful natural setting. Whether you choose to explore by foot or bike, and no matter your […]

Chrysanthemums and the Dwarsrivier Valley – An interview with Richard Williams

Growing chrysanthemums is the pride and joy of the Dwarsrivier Valley. This floral tradition and cultures dates back to the early 1900s. The Stellenbosch Horticulture and Industrial Society was established in 1962 with the goal to grow the largest, best and most perfect chrysanthemum flowers in all available cultivars. The founding members of the society […]

Discover the Dwarsrivier Valley

The Dwarsrivier valley named after the Dwarsrivier running through the valley is made up of the villages of Pniël, Johannesdal, Kylemore, and Languedoc and is an exciting place for nature lovers, wine connoisseurs, foodies, and fitness enthusiasts. The Dwarsriveeir Valley is one of those heart-warming areas of the Western Cape that welcomes you with true […]

Explore the Dwarsrivier Valley with a local guide

The scenic Dwarsrivier Valley abounds with not only the most spectacular scenery but hidden treasures of rich history and culture, and a strong community atmosphere. The best way to explore the valley? With a born and bred local guide. In this Travel with Purpose blog, we’d like to introduce you to Austin Lawrence, tour guide […]