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The Overberg region begins about 100 kilometers east of Cape Town beyond the Hottentots Holland and Wemmershoek mountains. Once upon a time, this area was largely cut off by the mountains, hence the name. In 1664 some settlers succeeded for the first time in laying a stony path upwards and climbing the mountains with great effort. Only through the Sir Lowry’s Pass – opened in 1830 and named after the then governor of the Cape Colony – the Overberg was really opened. And of course the Overberg is easy to reach today.
Of particular interest to the visitor, the Overberg region is characterized by its glorious coastline with many tranquil bays, long white sand beaches and a number of picturesque seaside resorts and fishing villages such as Kogel Bay, Rooi Els, Betty’s Bay, Kleinmond, Hermanus, Gansbaai, Struisbaai, Cape Agulhas Arniston / Waenhuiskrans and the De Hoop Nature Reserve.
An attractive alternative route to the Overberg region is the spectacular coastal road. It runs from False Bay always along the sea to the Overberg coast, which begins east of Cape Hangclip. Again and again, views and panoramas of dramatic beauty open up. During the season – June to November – you can watch whales, especially in Hermanus, De Kelders and De Hoop.
Overberg is located near Cape Town in South Africa and offers whale watching, national parks and shark diving many attractions at the southernmost tip of Africa. The sprawling Overberg region, east of False Bay, is characterised by a number of wineries producing excellent wines. From here come wines from Sauvignon Blanc to Pinot Noir. The climate in this region is cool and temperate due to the proximity to the sea.
Overberg is translated as “over the mountains”. The mountains are the Hottentots Holland Mountains meant that at the time of settlement Cape Town for the settlers but an obstacle to explore the interior of the country. Today, the region offers visitors the best developed beaches, impressive mountains and a lush fauna with a particularly large number of native Fynbos species (the Protea or sugar bushes are particularly known in the Western Cape). Valleys with vineyards and orchards and landscapes in green, gold and brown characterise the image. You can often admire humpback whales or right whales in Walker Bay near Hermanus or continue to be enchanted by the beautiful mountain and wine landscape inland.
For the athletes among you there is a wide choice: golf, horse riding, four-wheel drive, boat trips, fishing, paragliding, whale watching and shark diving. Overberg also has warm water sources for muscle relaxation and a glass of local wine to unwind.
From Cape Town you reach Overberg via the N 2 towards Swellendam. If you have some time, do not drive on the N2, but turn off shortly after Somerset West on the coastal road, the views are worthwhile. Hermanus can be reached in about 1.5 hours by car. On the way you can visit many farm shops and have a cup of coffee in peace. It also offers first-class South African wines.
There are numerous accommodations and restaurants in Overberg, so there is something for every taste. From the first European settlements on the Cape you had to overcome the rough Hottentots Holland Mountains in an easterly direction to reach the Overberg region – hence the name. Seen from the Cape Flats, the N2 winds its way there on a vertical wall 450 meters above sea level to Sir Lowry’s Pass, completed in 1830.
The Overberg region is characterised by wide grain fields, green pastures, fruit cultivation and wine in the interior and a long coastline. Overberg is therefore often referred to as “Foot of Africa”. It would be a pity not to drive here on the N2 in the direction of the Garden Route.