The Cape Overberg has majestic mountain ranges, indigenous fynbos, rolling
wheat and canola fields, and splendid coastal towns. Its natural beauty will
leave you in awe.
Culture & Heritage
The rich history in the Cape Overberg is depicted in its museums, some of
which occupy an entire village. Among others are the Fishing and Shipwreck
museums and Elgin has one of the only Apple Museums in the world. Historic
mission stations can be found in the towns of Elim and Genadendal.
• As part of the world heritage site Cape Floral Kingdom, the Cape Overberg
region which is a bird-watchers’ paradise is rich in fynbos, which in turn
offers many walking and hiking experiences.
• Pearl of the Cape Overberg, rural Villiersdorp boasts magnificent
mountains, the Theewaterskloof Dam and award winning wine farms.
• Cape Agulhas the meeting place of the Atlantic and Indian oceans, is a
definite must see.
• De Hoop Nature Reserve (Marine Protected Area) has seven distinct
eco-systems, 86 protected land mammals, 250 protected species of fish, 260
protected species of birds and is the Western Cape’s last breeding colony of
the rare Cape vulture.
• The Cape Overberg fruit route meandering through the villages of
Barrydale, Elgin and Villiersdorp, is a great way of getting to grips with the
beauty of this region.
• The Harold Porter National Botanical Garden with10 hectares of cultivated
fynbos garden, and a further 190 hectares of natural fynbos is a
• The Jackass Penguin Colony at Stony Point in Betty’s Bay is one of only two
breeding colonies in South Africa.
• Kogelberg Nature Reserve is the only biosphere in South Africa registered
by the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
ActivitiesAdventure & Sport
• Head off to quaint Hermanus, the heart of the Cape Whale Route for the
best land-based Whale Watching in the world.
• Experience coastal marine ecology in Stanford on a guided walk or 4×4
• Saddle up and go horseback riding or on a Horse Trail safari along the
beaches and mountains in Gansbaai, Stanford and Hermanus.
• Follow the Whale Route by hiking the five day Whale Trail through De Hoop
• Lock stares with the oceans fiercest predator, the Great White Shark and
go shark cage diving in Gansbaai.
• ‘Pont’ across the Breede River – drive from Malgas along the banks of the
mighty river to where the last remaining manually-operated ‘pont’ waits to
ferry you across its wide watery way.
• Cast your line for a spot of fly fishing at one of Elgin’s three trout dams
stoked with Rainbow Trout.
• Go bird watching in Stanford, well known as a bird watching destination.
• Hike and abseil on the farms and mountains in and around the villages of
Greyton and Barrydale.
• Set off on a river cruise and enjoy the magnificent sunsets, abundant bird
life and game sightings along the Klein and Breede rivers.
Health & Wellness
Spend hours at the hands of highly skilled health and beauty professionals at
the Caledon Spa and Warmwater Spa in Barrydale.
Dining & Entertainment
A region as varied as the Cape Overberg would naturally have a varied
palate … so expect a few surprises. Expect to tuck into Kalahari oysters, offal
or grilled pofadder one day then dine on the finest Karoo lamb, succulent
traditional dishes or moorish Mediterranean delights the next, all
accompanied by the finest local wines and beers, straight from the district’s
excellent wineries and microbreweries.
Free up your weekend and go farmer market ‘hopping’ in Greyton,
Hermanus, Barrydale, Villiersdorp and Bredasdorp for the freshest local and
organic produce, home-crafted items and the best local award winning wines.