The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Pella

Pella is located in rugged terrain


Photo © Johan van Zyl

Northern Cape

The village of Pella is located at a spring that has attracted human settlement since the San people settled there. Coenraad Feijt, a Dutch farmer, settled there in 1776 and a mission was started in 1814.

Initially the settlers and San people tolerated eachother but the San's habit of hunting the farmers livestock caused division of the years which led to the San being hunted down.

The main feature of this settlement is the Roman Catholic Church which was founded in 1895. Pella has a very small population as conditions in the area are harsh. Summers are extremely hot, floods occur every so often as do droughts.

What is there to do in the Pella region?

Roman Catholic Cathedral

Roman Catholic Cathedral built in 1895

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Pella gravel road

Pella street

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

Things ewe never knewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Published: 2015 - Page: 171

Things ewe never knewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Published: 2015 - Page: 42

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 184

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1995 - Page: 341

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 121

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 341

Drive Out 4X4 Trail Guide - Author: - Published: 2011 - Page: 62

Journey Through the Living Deserts of South Africa - Author: CM Dean - Published: 2005 - Page: 101

Country Life - Issue 187 - Author: - Published: 2012 - Page: 28


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