The beautiful collection of contrasting towns making up the Overberg region is found literally “over the mountain” from Cape Town. Surrounded by mountains and sea, here you will find rolling fields of wheat and canola, majestic mountains, endless ocean vistas, and so much to explore.
The Overberg lies along the Western Cape’s south coast with the Hottentots-Holland and Riviersonderend mountains forming the western and northern boundaries. The eastern boundary is the Breede River where the Overberg segues seamlessly into the picturesque Garden Route.
- The Cape Agulhas Lighthouse stands at the official meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic oceans - climb the 71 narrow steps to view the 'Cape of Storms' from the top of the tower
- Watersports enthusiasts will find plenty to do in Hermanus around Walker Bay, such as exploring the bay on kayaks departing from the Old Harbour
- Greyton hosts the famed Farmers' Market every Saturday morning and has the Market Square buzzing with activity and the freshest produce available
Forego the scenic mountain route from Cape Town to the Overberg over Sir Lowry's Pass and take a right through Gordon's Bay before the pass. This leads you to Clarens Drive (known locally as the R44) and the spectacular coastal route along False Bay, billed as one of the most beautiful coastal routes in the entire world. The sheer cliffs rising above the road create an incredible visual of a wall of rock rising above you contrasting with the ocean on the other side. Clarens Drive passes through the floral diversity of the Kogelberg Biosphere reserve.
The major towns of the Overberg are Hermanus, Caledon, Bredasdorp, Grabouw, and Swellendam, but the charming towns of Greyton, Pringle Bay, and Gansbaai are worth exploring as well. The drive down to the De Hoop Nature Reserve results in rewards in the form of superb wildlife, amazing views, towering white sand dunes, and some of the best land-based whale watching.View other areas >
Here are some places to stay in this area
Hermanus, Overberg, South Africa, Western Cape
Designer Villa with superb art collection and spectacular elevated views stretching across the city to the ocean and far beyond.
The Boathouse Beach Villa
Everything you want a beach house to be: thoughtfully designed for sheltered al fresco seaside living. Barefoot chic and put-those-feet-up comfortable. And most importantly – offering direct access through a wild milkwood forest to pristine sands and ocean. Located on the best part of the 18km-long Grotto beach, The Boathouse truly is the perfect pad to chill out, reboot and reconnect.
Hermanus, Overberg, Western Cape
Gather your family and friends together for a holiday in the peaceful seaside town of Hermanus where whale watching, wine estates, excellent restaurants, and a variety of activities combine to create a fantastic location for a coastal breakaway. This private and spacious villa is within walking distance of beaches and is the ideal option for the whole family to enjoy.
This private and safe villa is a 5 minute stroll from two of the main beaches in the area. Hermanus is only one hour from Cape Town International Airport and is an excellent addition to a Garden Route itinerary.
Overberg, Pringle Bay, South Africa, Western Cape