Experience the Northern Cape, South Africa

Too much pink? There’s no such thing at Die Pienk Padstal (which is Afrikaans for The Pink Farm Stall). This quirky farm stall, which is situated on the Northern Cape’s Quiver Tree Route, lies on the N14 just as you enter the town of Kakamas from the Upington side.

According to Anne-Mari Barnard, who has been renting the farm stall for more than a decade, it used to be called the Sandfontein Padstal. After the original owner painted it pink, however, people started referring to it as “die pienk padstal” and the name stuck.

Pienk Padstal interior
A warm and colourful welcome awaits you at Die Pienk Padstal. (Image: Northern Cape Tourism Authority)
items sold at Pienk Padstal
Rustic meets retro in an Aladdin's cave of unusual delights, making this far more than your average roadside stall. (Image: Northern Cape Tourism Authority)

Dried fruit, jams, honeycombs, fudge, candyfloss and other sweet treats that are likely to remind you of your childhood, as well as gifts, books, arts and crafts … you name it, you’ll find it (and more) at Die Pienk Padstal.

This is certainly not your average farm stall – there’s a surprise around every corner (or on top of every bookshelf).

Bookshelf, Pienk Padstal
Second-hand books, handmade jewellery, and vintage tins and toys are among the wares on sale. (Image: Northern Cape Tourism Authority)
Small Quiver Trees sold at the Pienk Padstal
Young quiver trees for sale. Each tree is sold with a valid permit from the relevant authority. (Image: Northern Cape Tourism Authority)
Pienk Padstal, inside
Think pink! Die Pienk Padstal is just one of the quirky attractions that make the Northern Cape such an unusual destination. (Image: Northern Cape Tourism Authority)

“You get to meet people from all walks of life … wonderful, interesting people, and all of them are usually in a holiday mood,” says Barnard. Visit Die Pienk Padstal's Facebook page or email pienkpadstal@gmail.com for more information.