Cape Overberg

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Overview

Lying between the Cape Peninsula and the Garden Route, the Cape Overberg is a place that boasts great diversity with coastal towns such as Hermanus, known as the jewel of the Cape Whale Coast for its abundance of marine wildlife, the beautiful Elgin Valley, an under-appreciated wine region and Swellendam, a jaw-dropping beautiful natural wonderland, combining to create a region unlike any other.

With a landscape dominated by gentle, undulating hills, enclosed by the ocean and foreboding mountain ranges, the Cape Overberg is a favourite getaway for those seeking outdoor pursuits and adventure.

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Start your day with high adventure – and we mean ‘high’. The Cape Canopy zipline in the Hottentot’s Holland Nature Reserve is high-flying fun as you make your way down a total of 11 slides, the longest being 320m, taking in the beauty of your surroundings from an aerial vantage point. Open to ages 5-75, this is something the whole family can enjoy. 

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How to get there

Hermanus, the most prominent town in the Cape Overberg, is less than two hours' drive from Cape Town. Most of the route is undertaken on a national highway (the N2) meaning the drive will be smooth and enjoyable. You will also be treated to a drive across Sir Lowry's Pass which is breathtaking to say the least. 

Top tip: Use Hermanus as a convenient base to explore the surrounding countryside. 

Useful tips

Hermanus has been rated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as one of the 12 best whale watching locations in the world, and is regarded as the heart of the whale route in South Africa. Time your trip with the arrival of calving season for incredible sights of these creatures. 

Walker Bay in Hermanus is known for attracting southern right whales from July to November; humpback whales from May to December and Bryde's whales all year round. Orcas are also occasionally spotted in these waters.

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Top attractions in Cape Overberg

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Whale watching
South Africa is well known for its Big Five, but the Western Cape also boasts an abundance of marine wildlife, with the region perfect for whale watching.
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1Whale watching
2Elgin Wine Valley
3Fat Bikes in Gansbaai
4Marloth Mountain Nature Reserve
5Oudebosch Eco Cabins in the Kogelberg
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Elgin Wine Valley
The Elgin Valley is fast making a name for itself in the wine world. Historically known for its apple and pear production, recent decades have seen a number of orchards being turned to vineyards by passionate winemakers who have recognised Elgin’s uniquely cool climate as the perfect environment to create distinctive, characterful wines.
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1Whale watching
2Elgin Wine Valley
3Fat Bikes in Gansbaai
4Marloth Mountain Nature Reserve
5Oudebosch Eco Cabins in the Kogelberg
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Fat Bikes in Gansbaai
Perfect for families looking for a bit of adventure, without too much hard work, the fat bike tours in Gansbaai combine incredible views, fresh air and some adrenaline-fuelled downhill dune racing!
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1Whale watching
2Elgin Wine Valley
3Fat Bikes in Gansbaai
4Marloth Mountain Nature Reserve
5Oudebosch Eco Cabins in the Kogelberg
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Marloth Mountain Nature Reserve
The Marloth Mountain Nature Reserve is one of the most unspoilt reserves in the country. It is also arguably one of the most unheralded. Hidden away in the imposing Swellendam Mountains, Marloth is a gem of a reserve with some of the best hikes in the country, including the six-day Swellendam Trail, which is a must for serious hikers.
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1Whale watching
2Elgin Wine Valley
3Fat Bikes in Gansbaai
4Marloth Mountain Nature Reserve
5Oudebosch Eco Cabins in the Kogelberg
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Oudebosch Eco Cabins in the Kogelberg
Located in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, which is well-known for its incredible diversity and quality of fynbos, the surrounds here are pristine. If location is everything, then consider the Oudebosch Eco-Cabins to have everything… and more.
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1Whale watching
2Elgin Wine Valley
3Fat Bikes in Gansbaai
4Marloth Mountain Nature Reserve
5Oudebosch Eco Cabins in the Kogelberg

Cape Overberg itineraries

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Eleven days with the Hermanus FynArts Festival
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Five days in the beautiful Cape Overberg
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Experience Franschhoek and the Cape Overberg in four days
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Discover the Overberg Meander
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