Within driving distance of one of South Africa’s busiest cities, lies a region of contrasts and wonder. The Overberg – meaning ‘over the Mountain’ in Afrikaan) has rugged mountain ranges, fynbos, rolling wheat and canola fields, and splendid coastal vistas. Just beyond the Hottentots Holland Mountains via Sir Lowry’s Pass travellers will find a myriad of roads into the Overberg where the land, mountains, sea and people tell their own story.
The gentle rolling hills of the Overberg stretch endlessly from the Indian Ocean at Cape Agulhas the southernmost tip of Africa, to the Langeberg Mountains.
The tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas is a fascinating place to visit – there are not many places in the world where you can stand with each foot in a different ocean! Visit the well known lighthouse (71 stairs!) or enjoy long beach hikes. Nearby visit a candle factory and shipwreck museum.
The site of whale mothers and their young is an unforgettable experience and Hermanus offers the best land-based whale watching opportunities in the world. A traditional whale crier blows his horn to alert visitors to whale sightings in season (Jun-Nov).
Swellendam is a fascinating part of the Overberg and the perfect stopover en-route your Garden Route explorations. It is the third oldest place of European settlement in South Africa and includes three nature reserves, namely the Marloth Nature Reserve, the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve and the Bontebok National Park. All three nature reserves contain a wide variety of safari animals including zebra, bushbuck, mongoose, leopard, baboon and grysbok.
A plethora of activies can be enjoyed in the Overberg ranging from quad-biking, hiking trails, boat trips, horse-riding, shark-cage diving to kayaking.