Duration: 3 hours (approx)
Monday to Saturday
- Learn to play patanque, the Valley way
- Meet local patanque enthusiasts excited to share their home with guests
- Insight into local history and culture
- Home-cooked lunch
- Patanque workshop
- Soft drinks during the workshop
- Lunch and soft drinks in a home-restaurant in Pniel
- Transport to and from the workshop
- Alcoholic drinks
- Discretionary gratuities
Best suited for
- Travelers seeking a very local experience
- Those wanting to meet local people and get a very local perspective
- Travelers who want to eat local food
- Travelers who want a little bit of local sports action
- Incentive groups
What to know before booking
- This is a group experience, you will join other travelers (also available on a private basis on request)
- Once you have made your booking, a confirmation will be sent to your email.
- The confirmation will contain the address of the Workshop, directions, and the time to be there
- Most dietary needs are catered for, please indicate in the Special Requirements section
Part of the appeal of the Western Cape is the constant collision of culture that has shaped the unique social geography. As composer Mac McKenzie puts it, the Cape is a pirate state, that has pirated bits and pieces of everywhere on the planet.
Here’s a great example: A French game formalised in the early 1900s, reaches the town of Pniel in the 1990s and becomes hugely popular, played mainly by communities that speak a language rooted in Indonesian, Dutch and indigenous Khoe languages.
In Pniel, patanque is a big deal. Local teams are international champions. Regular international tournaments are hosted here.
For this fun and very local experience, local champions coach guests in the local version of the game. The patanque workshop is hosted at what is surely one of the most majestic patanque fields on the planet, high up on the hillside of Pniel. Guests are introduced to the history of the game, its arrival in Pniel and the basic rules, before the games begin.
The workshop itself lasts about 2 hours. Once finished, guests walk down the hill to the home of a local for a home-cooked traditional lunch.