Discovering the Overberg

Rolling wheat and canola fields, towering mountains, quaint coastal villages, flora and fauna – this paints the perfect picture for the Overberg Region!

Situated between the Cape Peninsula and the Garden Route, the Overberg boundaries include the Hottentots-Holland Mountains in the West, the Riviersonderend Mountains in the North, the Indian Ocean in the South and the Breede River in the East.


HERMANUS

About a 2 hours’ drive from Cape Town, this booming coastal town is making its mark in the tourism industry. Passing numerous farm stalls, wine estates and coffee stops, the drive is extremely enjoyable for a quick weekend getaway – something the locals like to indulge in.
Paragliding over Hermanus

This friendly town is mostly famous for the Southern Rights Whales that use the sheltered bay as their breeding ground every June to November. The popular annual Whale Festival is held in October and is an event not to be missed. This festival is all about celebrating the visiting whales but other highlights include craft markets, delicious gourmet meals, an endless amount of wine, sporting events and live bands to set the festive atmosphere. Whales can also be spotted from the scenic 12km Cliff Path which runs along the coast from the Grotto beach in Voelklip to the New Harbour in Westcliff.

Whether you are the adventure seeker or looking for family fun, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained:

  • Get a bird’s eye view of Hermanus by paragliding over the town
  • Cool off with a White Water Rafting session
  • Grab your armour and get tactical in a round of paintball
  • Enjoy a guided hike or quad-bike through the valley
  • Rope up and abseil down the mountain
  • Pack a picnic lunch and visit Fernkloof Nature Reserve
  • Practice your swing at the Hermanus Golf Course offering 27 holes

We have a variety of accommodation options for upcoming events – book now to join in the festivities!


STANFORD

Stanford is a small town set between Hermanus and Gansbaai. While exploring, a striking icon caught my eye – a church tower peeking out through trees and roof tops – a sight which highlights the town’s personality and charm. With endless mountain views and the soothing sounds of the Kleinrivier, this peaceful retreat is perfect for a laid-back family getaway.

Spend your day:

  • Hiking or mountain biking at the Salmonsdam Nature Reserve
  • Find out how cheese is made at the Kleinrivier Cheese Farm
  • Spot over 129 bird species on a river cruise
  • Treat your tastebuds to a beer tasting at Birkenhead Brewery
  • Experience trout and bass fishing in 2 spring fed lakes
  • Wander through the weekend markets and try some delicious home made goodies

Blue Gum Estate offers luxurious suites with stunning valley and mountain views – perfect for couples or families.


DE KELDERS

This unspoilt coastal village is located a few minutes outside of Gansbaai. The overhanging cliffs create convenient lookout points to spot whales – seen from June to December. I was lucky to have visited in July and spotted hundreds of whales only a few metres from shore. Bring the whole family including the pets, pack the board games and binoculars and truly unwind in this splendid natural paradise.

Looking for a few outing activities, below are a few ideas:

  • Discover the ancient coastal caves at Groobos Nature Reserve
  • Enjoy the scenery and views on horse-back
  • Hit a few balls at the Gansbaai Golf Club offering a 9-hole course
  • Feeling brave? Face the great whites in a shark cage diving experience
  • Visit the nearby wine estates for cheese & wine tasting

Spoil yourself and book a few nights at the Grootbos Villa situated on the Nature Reserve, just outside of De Kelders.


ELGIN

Situated just over Sir Lowry’s Pass, this valley is home to the popular thirst-quenching beverage, Appletiser and hosts a variety of apple orchards. Enjoy a scenic drive through the valley and visit some of the top wine estates in the Overberg. Stretch your legs and take in the sights by stopping at the farm stalls along the way – my personal favourite is the Peregrine Farm Stall. Here you can find all local produce from the surrounding farms like freshly squeezed apple juice, steaming fresh bread, delicious pies and a variety of treats for your onward journey. The Peregrine site also includes the Elgin Tourism office, the Red Tractor Café, a nursery for indigenous flora and a home décor shop.
Scenery in Elgin

Activities in the area include:

  • Hop on the Wine Bus for an exclusive off-road tour through the vineyards
  • Slide above the tree tops with a Cape Canopy Tour
  • Enjoy a performance under the stars at the Hope @ Paul Cluver Amphitheatre
  • Spend the day in the sun on the Grabouw Mashie Golf Course
  • Interested in electricity? Take a trip to the Eskom Palmiet Visitor Centre
  • Quad bike through the Kogelberg Nature Reserve

Wanting a country escape off the beaten track? Tangleberry Cottage is perfect for the foodie at heart!


GREYTON

Situated about 1 hour from Elgin, this hidden village is the mountain-biker’s playground. Travelling on the R406 is a pleasant journey as one passes the Caledon Wind Farm, plenty of bright canola fields and livestock including herds of sheep and cattle. With many original thatched cottages, leafy lanes and friendly locals, you will be easily charmed.

Things to do include:

  • Browse the home-made goodies at the Saturday Market situated in the town square
  • Enjoy a group mountain bike ride along the numerous routes offered
  • Fan of the movies? Indulge in a 2 course meal and movie at Oak & Vigne Cafe
  • Go horseriding at the Greyton Riding Club

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