Discovering Pniël: A Journey into Heritage and Community

Situated in the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountains lies a village with a history as rich and vibrant as the landscape that surrounds it. Pniël, a name meaning “the face of God” from Genesis 32:20, beckons visitors to explore its cultural treasures and immerse themselves in the warmth of its community. Whether you’re a local […]

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 […]

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 […]