A short drive over the mountain and not far from Cape Town lies The Cape Overberg, magnificent mountain ranges, fynbos (Cape Flora), rolling wheat, canola fields, and coastal towns full of delightful stories and secrets.
Memories and tales from the past come alive in the Cape Overberg’s rich collection of mission stations, shipwrecks and old architectural treasures – all existing harmoniously alongside new developments in the towns. Among others are the Shipwreck museum in Bredasdorp as well as the Apple Museum found in Elgin.
There is so much that is still undiscovered in this area, like the night markets in Stanford Village and the live music nights at various hotels. Bird-watchers can enjoy an abundance of birdlife from Bird Hide on Klein River Lagoon as well as on the Onrus Salt Pan.
Historic mission station towns like Genadendal (appropriately meaning Valley of Grace) can also be found in this area. One of the oldest mission printing presses in South Africa can be found in the Old Print Shop. The Water Mill offers bread made from stone-ground flour and baked in open-air ovens, and you’ll enjoy the taste the rooibos drink they serve at reception.
The town of Hermanus (The Whale Capital) is home to the only whale crier in the world! And it’s no surprise that people flock here to catch a glimpse of these enormous, beautiful creatures. Wander down the Hermanus Wine Route to find out why its wines boast so many awards.
The historical, beautiful town of Swellendam, "Berry Capital of South Africa", surrounded by three nature reserves is a wonderful place for hikers, bikers and bird watchers. You can experience a breathtaking drive through the scenic Tradouw Pass to the village of Barrydale, known for its community of artists and musicians.
Before you leave, make sure you head out to the Cape Agulhas Light House at the southernmost tip of Africa, it’s here that the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet and where you’ll meet breathtaking natural beauty.