The picturesque town of Aurora lies nestled at the foot of the Piketberg Mountains, 185km from Cape Town.
This small, once unheard-of gem is a village of hidden surprises where visitors can look forward to breath-taking scenery, beautiful architecture, and a rich and warm welcome from the local community. Added to this are the incredible night skies, the abundant flowers to be found here in Spring, beautiful mountain scenery with dramatic rock formations, and a wide variety of bird life – making Aurora a birdwatcher’s paradise.
Established in 1906 and named after Ceylonia Aurora Perreira, the daughter of the first Dutch Reformed minister in the area, the town has an interesting history that gives new meaning to the saying “things are going pear-shaped.” It was here that a French astronomer set up an observatory and declared that the world was pear-shaped – a finding that had the astronomical world up in arms for decades whilst they tried to prove otherwise.
Just inland from Dwarskersbos, and close to the towns of Redelingshuys, Piketberg, Eendekuil and Goedverwacht, Aurora continues to grow in popularity, with young and old alike being drawn to this quaint town.