Travel to Overberg – Unspoiled Natural Surroundings
This untouched haven of mountains, ocean, rivers and spectacular nature is probably the perfect holiday destination in the Western Cape. Overberg offers a plethora of interesting eco-attractions from golden wheat fields and splendid forests to fragrant Fynbos all enclosed by majestic mountain ranges which roll out to a compelling coastline. With natural attractions and adventure activities in abundance it is little wonder that the region attracts so many visitors.
Overberg is a region located east of Cape Town, stretching from the Hottentots-Holland mountains in the West, the Riviersonderend Mountains in the North, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans in the South, and the Breede River in the East. It lies along the Cape Province’s south coast between the Cape Peninsula and the Garden Route in the east. The name of the region derives from Over ‘t Berg, meaning over the mountain of Hottentots-Holland and is a reference to the region’s location relative to Cape Town.
The region’s major towns are Hermanus, Caledon, and Swellendam and it also includes Cape Agulhas, the southermost point of Africa. The landscape is dominated by gently to moderately undulating hills enclosed by mountains and the ocean.
Major landmarks in the Overberg region are the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve,recognised and registered with UNESCO; Harry Potter Gardens; the Bontebok National Park near Swellendam and De Hoop Nature Reserve near Waenhuiskrans/Arniston. However, there are also numerous cities and towns within the region to explore such as Hermanus; a prime whale watching spot, Kleinmond; a popular holiday town and Gansbaai; a traditional fishing village which is surrounded by unspoilt marine environments and natural beauty.
Travellers to Overberg can enoy 4×4 and quad bike trails, hiking, fishing, boating, rafting, horse riding, surfing, scuba diving, sandboarding, rock climbing and much more. Also one of the most popular activities in the region is whale watching at Hermanus; one of the prime whale watching destinations worldwide.
Relax by simply taking in your surroundings and the natural beauty of the area of visit one of the numerous bars, cafes and restaurants in the towns and cities of the region.
It is best to get around the region by hire car as the R43 and R44 connects all the towns to the N2.
- Explore local towns and cities such as Hermanus, Arniston and Swellendam.
- Visit nature reserves and parks.
- Spot South Africa’s national bird, the Blue Crane.