In the early days of the European occupation of the Cape, very few people ventured far from the foot of Table Mountain. The vast Cape Flats to the east of the fledgling city were a treacherous stretch of shifting sands, wetlands and - of course - wild animals. And at the eastern extreme of that huge, sandy plain was a formidable mountain range, which is now - a couple of hundred years later - easily traversed by virtue of the scenic Sir Lowry's and Houwhoek Passes on the N2. But in those days, these mountains presented a serious barrier to movement and the land beyond them, which was visited only by the very adventurous and became known as the 'Overberg' - the land over the mountains.

The Overberg extends from the high-lying apple orchards of the area between the two passes in the west, to just past the lovely historical town of Swellendam in the east and - to the south - as far as you can go. Cape Agulhas is the most southerly point of the African continent and - officially - the place where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The interior is dominated by grain farms interspersed with cute country towns, and the coast is a series of beautiful bays, beaches, wetland and dramatic headlands. Walker Bay, which lies between the towns of Hermanus and Gansbaai, has two claims to fame.
It is reputed to be the best land-based whale watching in the world, as the huge southern right whales swim close in shore and there is a beautiful and convenient, fragrant, flower-rich cliff-top walk that offers an excellent vantage point to observe these, South Africa's biggest tourists.

They turn up here in late winter to escape the harsh Antarctic, give birth, nurse their calves and - while they're in a nice romantic honeymoon destination - work on the next crop of baby whales.
The second claim to fame is as the most southerly vineyards in Africa - and it's well worth doing a tasting. This is not just a gimmick.
The other big attraction of this area is the great white shark. Dyer and Geyser Islands, off the small fishing village of Gansbaai offer probably the best shark cage diving in the world. A number of boats operate in the area - chumming to attract the sharks' attention and vying with each other for the best position. Do it soon, as there is increasing resistance to a practice that many people consider to be morally indefensible, ecologically destructive and dangerous.

There's loads more to do. There are three great nature reserves. Kogelberg in the west, which is a major hotspot of botanical diversity, offers fantastic hiking and an exciting white water rafting day trip. De Hoop, in the east, has some small game, great easy mountain bike trails, an escorted, portaged hiking trail, fun snorkelling, wonderful beaches and some awesome land-based whale watching. Slightly further east, the Bontebok National Park was proclaimed to protect the last few remaining bontebok - a beautiful antelope that is found only in the Western Cape. The Breede River, in the eastern part of the Overberg, has some quite fun rafting and canoeing trips and the only remaining hand-operated ferry in the country and fantastic fishing.

There is great paragliding and fun canoeing and sea kayaking near Hermanus, a gliding club in Swellendam, a good horse trail, great hiking and some fabulous mountain biking trails. There are fun boat trips and a long and exciting foefie slide (flying fox) on the Buffelsjag Dam, near Swellendam.

For the more culturally inclined, the mission villages of Genadendal and, particularly, Elim, hark back to a much quieter era. Interesting museums include the Drostdy Museum in Swellendam, the Old Harbour Museum in Hermanus, which has exhibits relating to fishing and whaling, and the small but fascinating Shipwreck Museum in Bredasdorp. This area is, in fact, littered with historic wrecks. A noble tradition was born when the troopship Birkenhead went down near Gansbaai in 1852. For the first time in recorded history, the troops and sailors lined up on the deck in disciplined ranks while the women and children passengers got into the lifeboats and were ferried to shore. The men then took their chances with the icy water and the legions of sharks. Another historic wreck nearby was the Arniston, which gave its name to the town that has officially been called Waenhuiskrans - which means wagon house cave, and refers to an enormous sea cave big enough to house an ox wagon (although you'd struggle to get a bicycle to the spot, never mind an ox wagon). But everyone knows the place as Arniston - a great beach destination.

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Stanford Stanford
Town of Overberg

Stanford Feb 2015
Stanford is a good base from which to explore the Overberg. It has a pleasant walking trail and the river cruise is well worth while. We found that dining out, especially in the evenings was a challenge if you don't want pizza. Stanford could do with more options in this regard.
Alan Collins
South Africa

Greyton Greyton
Town of Overberg

Great Greyton
Greyton is a beautiful gem in the heart of the Overberg. It is wonderfully peaceful, but also offers outdoor activities for adrenalin junkies. Luckily it has not been commercialised yet but is close enough to other big towns like Hermanus and Caledon that you can get everything that you need within an hour.
Mia Smit
South Africa

Bredasdorp Bredasdorp
Town of Overberg

Warm, lovely, friendly
This was my first time in Bredasdorp and what a wonderfull little town in the heart of the Overberg. Bredasdorp hosts the famous Voet of Afrika marathon and the townsfolk treat every runner with love - they looked after us with so much love. The Spur is definitely on my list again. Their food was far more outstanding then a normal Spur. So from now on every year there will be a Bredasdorp weekend on my calender.
Carima Jonker
South Africa

Napier Napier
Town of Overberg

Peace and Tranquility
Treat yourself to a stay in Napier. Located in the middle of the beautiful Overberg where the scenery is stunning, the pace of life relaxing, and where visitors are provided with the opportunity to unwind and rejuvenate after the stresses of city living.Step back in time and enjoy this small South African Dorp with a big heart and where visitors are guaranteed a great welcome and memorable stay.
Lorna Young
South Africa

Kleinmond Kleinmond
Town of Overberg

Lieflike dorp!
Kleinmond is a tranquil little coastal town in the Overberg, Western Cape, between the mountain and the sea and situated inside a UNESCO-declared Biosphere, with over 1600 species of Fynbos. Just an hour away from Cape Town, and 20 minutes from Hermanus.Kleinmond has grown from a holiday destination to a vibrant little town. This is no surprise as it has beautiful beaches (Kleinmond Main Beach repeatedly obtains Blue Flag status), a lagoon, wonderful hikes and walks as well as mouthwatering restaurants.Small enough for a quiet weekend getaway, and big enough to have the infrastructure of schoo...
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Trisa Hugo
South Africa

Greyton Greyton
Town of Overberg

Greyton - a Van Gogh masterpiece!
The picturesque village of Greyton is another Overberg gem that is less than a two-hour drive from Cape Town. Renowned for its sheep, wheat and canola farming, July is a great time to visit the Overberg, as the fields are alive with newborn lambs and hues of green and gold so intense that you can be forgiven for thinking you have stepped into a Van Gogh masterpiece."The earth beneath my feet".
Heidi von Caues
South Africa

Swellendam Swellendam
Town of Overberg

Juwel
Swellendam! " Ag we normally drive past, lets drive in and see what goes on" We did not leave. We discovered the juwel of the forgotten Overberg area. Clean, neat and friendly. Restaurants to die for, from boerekos to french quisine. Places to stay, from no star to five star, catering to every taste available. There is swimming, hiking, horse riding, cycling, golf, bowls, river rafting, 4 x 4 and many more. It is from mountains to sea, karoo to wine and fruit to cheese. What a place to let your head down and feel your energy been restored.
Olwyn Hugo
South Africa

Bredasdorp Bredasdorp
Town of Overberg

Bredasdorp - A Tapestry
Bredasdorp (established in 1838) is a delightful town situated in a magical part of South Africa – the Overberg.It has a rich history, peppered with colouful characters such as van Breda and vand der Bijl . The country side is a wonderful tapestry that changes colour each season – from shades of bare brown and red and yellow soils in the summer (visitors have even asked if the farmers farm stones) to soft shades of green early in autumn and deep shades of green as the grain and other winter crops grow with bright flashes of yellow when the canola starts flowering in August. Then the grain...
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Janet Cook
South Africa

Napier Napier
Town of Overberg

Napier
WHY VISIT NAPIER IN THE OVERBERG???Napier is located in the heart of the Overberg, Western Cape. A small town with a unique rustic charm, which attracts and brings in many weekend visitors exploring this extremely central point from which to see the many sights and wonders which the Overberg has to offer. The village has a selection of trendy restaurants, pubs and interesting shops, museums and art galleries displaying the work of several local artists. There are easy hiking trails and cycle paths so don’t forget to bring along your mountain bike if you’re feeling energetic. Horse Riding...
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Lorna Young
South Africa

Napier Napier
Town of Overberg

Napier
The charming village of Napier is now a blend of century-old cottages and modern houses, all surrounded by the rolling farmland which typifies the Overberg and gives the village its delightful rural atmosphere. In the distant past the village was known for its blacksmiths, a heritage which is commemorated by the annual Horse and Cart Festival. Other popular annual events are the Patatfees (Sweet Potato Festival), every June, and the Voet van Africa (Foot of Africa) Marathon which is run in mid-September.
Gunner Atkinson
South Africa

Agulhas Agulhas
Town of Overberg

Paradise!
If it is a total break from the rat race of the crazy cities, or simply because you want to experience a holiday away from the "must see", over-commercialised holiday attractions you're after, then L'Agulhas is the place you have been looking for! Here, at the Southern-most tip of Africa, we have no city lights (only street lights), no shopping centres, no pollution (as there is no industrial area or infrastructure for industrial development) and therefore, no crime! What we do have is an abundance of unique and rare fynbos vegetation, small wildlife, breath-taking coastlines, safe and beaut...
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Estelle O'Neill
South Africa

Caledon Caledon
Town of Overberg

Caledon, Capital of the Overberg
200 years old with many heritage buildings, and so close to the N2 gives us a natural base camp advantage for visitors exploring the Overberg and the other 7 towns of the Cape Country Meander. Reasonable accommodation, very safe stays and stunning countryside with the rolling hills boasting the yellow Canola; golden wheat and barley; and the sheep and cattle dotting the grazing fields, with Blue Crane; Sacred Ibis and Forked tailed drongos patrolling the areas disturbed by the sheep as they graze, while Eagles and Harriers are soaring above.
Verna Watton
South Africa

Napier Napier
Town of Overberg

Napier, a hidden gem in the Overberg region of the Western Cape
Napier, a beautiful village in the Overberg region of the Western Cape. Only an hour and a half's drive from the city of Cape Town, Napier is situated en route to the popular beach resorts of Arniston, Struisbaai and the southernmost tip of Africa, L'Agulhas. The perfect getaway for those seeking quiet solitude, romance, fine food, beautiful walks, tranquility and spectacular scenery in a beautiful country setting.
Stephen Nicholenas
South Africa

Swellendam Swellendam
Town of Overberg

Jewel of the Overberg
Swellendam is the true Jewel of the Overberg district. This little town offers hospitality, accomodation and a variety of destinations at the right price. Visitors and guests have a choice of restaurants and Guesthouses to choose from when visiting. The cherry on top is the fact that it is en-route to the Garden Route area or back to Cape Town on the N2 highway. Make this village a must when you visit the Western Cape.
Pierre Fourie
South Africa

Agulhas Agulhas
Town of Overberg

The beginning of the end
Without question, the 4x4 Beach Safari is proclaimed as a highlight by our guests. The safari is offered by a registered tourist guide and costs start at R400pp. (Other cruises are also available) He has to be paid directly in cash. It consists of a Landrover off-road trip along the coast of Cape Agulhas. Visit Khoi Kitchens (+- 2 000 years old); en route see fascinating fynbos, endangered Black African Oyster Catchers and fresh water springs as well as a shipwreck. The trip passes the lighthouse and the southernmost tip (all relevant information given), lasts about 2-3 hours and includes...
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Adri Odendaal

Stanford Stanford
Town of Overberg

Stanford village
We loved Stanford for its tranquility and beauty surrounded by the Overberg mountains. Its an expensive little place and its townfolk are generally unfriendly. We found one place, Serendipity, an eatery in the town where we were made to feel welcome and would love to return there again. Accommondation is abundant in the village and the walks are wonderful.
Carla Joynt
South Africa

Swellendam Swellendam
Town of Overberg

Great
Great place to base yourself if you plan to do day trips around the Overberg region to Arniston, Cape Aghulus, Marloth, Bontebok and De Hoop Nature Reserves, as well as the wine region on route 62.
Tanzy Murray
England

Caledon Caledon
Town of Overberg

Still a small town at heart
Caledon is the capital of the Overberg but still has that small town feel. You can buy great homemade farm goods, visit the museums, take one of the hiking trails or visit the casino.
Katie Cowan
South Africa

Hemel en Aarde Hemel en Aarde
Suburb of Overberg

Ideal for food lovers and wine connoisseurs
The Hemel en Aarde valley is ideally located between Hermanus and Caledon. It is one of the most spectacular routes to explore! The road that connects the two towns boasts an abundance of gourmet restaurants, vineyards and wine farms. My favourite wine farm and restaurant is La Vierge. I'm also really fond of Moggs Country House. Pretty much all of the restaurants along the route have won gourmet food awards. Surrounded by mountains, vineyards and breathtaking views it's not somewhere to be missed. The Hemel en Aarde route is the gem of the Overberg.
Carolynne Higgins
South Africa

Sandbaai Sandbaai
Town of Hermanus

lovely quiet place
Place is lovely and quiet and you can truly enjoy the simple thing in life. Beautiful views of the Ocean and the Restaurant called Bietang is something to experience
amulda erasmus
South Africa