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.
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.
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.
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.