Cape Overberg – The Most Southerly Region in Africa
The Overberg is an expanse of land that lies on the Southern most tip of Africa. Golden wheat fields, splendid forests
and fragrant Fynbos are enclosed by majestic mountain ranges on the Eastern, Western and Northern boundaries; and roll
out to a compelling coastline in the South.
Walks in the mountains, kloofs and along the coastal plains of the Overberg are mesmerizing. The area is covered with
the largest variety of Fynbos (protea floral kingdom) on earth . Coupled with the magnificent vistas and overwhelming
skies you never seem to be able to absorb it all, but always come away feeling renewed and more aware of the magnificence
of planet earth. No matter what the weather!
Getting to the Overberg from Cape Town is a beautiful journey along the N2 highway. (The same road that leads to and from the famous Garden Route.) You know instantly that you have entered the Overberg as you round the first corner at the top of the Hottentots-Holland mountains and a sea of forests stretches out before you. After travelling through forests and orchards for half an hour you then descend the the Houw Hoek Pass to the heart of the Overberg - a vista of gently curved and cultivated lands stretches out to the horizon.
Barrydale, Elgin Valley (apples); Villiersdorp (dried fruit)
Wine: Barrydale; Bot Rivier; Grabouw; Hemel-en-Aarde Valley; Villiersdorp, Stanford
Mission: Elim; Genadendal; Suurbraak
Museum & Monument: Arniston; Bredasdorp; Caledon; Elgin Valley; Elim; Genadendal; Hermanus; L'Agulhas; Napier; Stanford; Struisbaai; Swellendam
Nature Reserves & Garden: Barrydale; Betty's Bay; Bredasdorp; Caledon; Elgin Valley; Elim; Gansbaai; Greyton; Hermanus; Kleinmond; Rooiels; Stanford; Swellendam; Villiersdorp
Fynbos Eco-Tourism: uniquely tailored to the individual's taste. Includes visits to fynbos farms and flower processing, drying and arranging factories.
Towns in the Overberg Region: Arniston; Bot River; Bredasdorp; Caledon; Elim; Gansbaai; Genadendal; Grabouw/Elgin; Greyton; Hermanus; Kleinmond; L'Agulhas; Malgas; Napier; Riviersonderend; Stanford; Struisbaai; Swellendam; Suurbraak; Villiersdorp; Witsand
The climate is Mediterranean and each season brings its own enchantment. The Overberg has no cities. The spectacular landscape is dotted with towns and villages, each drenched in history and holding its own delights.
The Overberg offers a wide range of activities and scenic pleasures. Whether you're looking to unwind or have fun; recuperate or invigorate - you can do it here - in paradise.
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