The historic Western Cape town of Piketberg looks half-asleep as we arrived on a Tuesday afternoon but with its rigged mountains and settled beauty, it’s no wonder people prefer admiring the town in stillness instead of making it a sort after tourist attraction.
“We’re off to Porterville for my birthday”, I said too many who had asked what I’ll be doing to celebrate. “But there’s nothing to do there”, said a few more. Boy, did we all underestimate this town dearly.
Not even the description on their website prepares you for the mental repose that came with staying at The Stable; situated in a town unknown to many at the base of the Olifants River Mountains, also known as Porterville.
Nestled firmly between the ‘castle mountain’ of Kasteelberg Nature Reserve lies one of the oldest towns in South Africa; Riebeek Kasteel and it’s sister town Riebeek West, known as the perfect retreat for any city dweller.