The Overberg in the Western Cape has long been a popular route for a holiday or a short escape with locals. I know, I’ve been driving through these routes my whole life! The routes taken to the various little towns and holiday spots are scenic and aren’t more than 3 hours out of the city of Cape Town. I recently took a trip for a few days to the Overberg during spring, and decided to put together a list of 5 laid back stops you can check out for fun.
Stellenbosch is a small town located about 40 minutes away from Cape Town city. It’s a town steeped with rich history and famous for its abundant wine farms. Many visit Stellenbosch for wine tasting and just to get a bit of that small town feel. Lined with pretty oak trees, Stellenbosch is also known for being a happening university town. There are well preserved Dutch colonial homes of earlier settlers that you can visit. There are lots of small restaurants in the main town area, which are def worth trying.
Hermanus has always been a favourite stop for me. This bustling town is known more for its amazing whale breeding season between September and October. Many love coming here for a short holiday and for the whale spotting opportunities. My personal recommendation for the best whale spotting would be to stay in Hermanus overnight, and hang out on the cliffs around sunset. This is the prime time to spot many pods of whales that come into the bay. It’s beyond beautiful.
Elim is one town that is undoubtedly off the beaten track! This small farming village grew into a town over the centuries. It was originally a missionary station which was also home to many of the slaves who were stranded along the coast. Besides the humble white-washed cottages and scenic landscapes surrounding it, it also is also home to the first monument commemorating the end of slavery in South Africa. A history museum is also open behind the Moravian church. There’s nothing to do here besides stop and take photos.
Known for its once abundant population of ostriches that roamed the area, this little town has become more popular as a holiday getaway today. The beaches in Struisbaai are probably the biggest attraction about this town.
Everybody visits the famous Cape Point reserve that lies at the very tip of the African continent. It’s where the two oceans meet. Cape Agulhas, however, is the most Southern point in all of Africa in terms of longitudal positioning. The area makes a popular relaxing holiday getaway with many B&Bs and self-catering cottages facing the coastline. The iconic lighthouse is one of the most visited spots in the area.
Of course there are many other amazing little towns along the coast and inland that are not mentioned here that are worth visiting. Along the routes of the Overberg you can visit many nature reserves where you spot the majestic whales and some wildlife all along the way off the coast. Just look out for the many whale watching spot signs along the roads!