I know, I know another getaway in the Overberg in the Western Cape post from me! It is definitely my goal to explore more places and provinces in South Africa other than the Overberg, now that I am living back home. My ultimate goal being able to finally go on safari in the infamous Kruger.
However, we are lucky here in the Western Cape because it’s pretty easy to plan a last minute holiday or getaway. We are practically surrounded by beaches and mountains everywhere we go! It was the festive season and I took advantage of the holidays. Anyway, the past two years have been frantic, disappointing, challenging, amazing and full of many extreme highs and lows. I felt this was a new year to just escape and enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside in the Overberg.
Back to the basics: Elim
I have mentioned Elim in a post before. It’s actually a small farming and former missionary town that mainly houses farm workers and retired generations of elders who have lived there most of their lives in the Overberg. Getting accommodation over the peak summer season anywhere in the Western Cape can be tricky and needs to be planned in advance. Luckily, we have family in the dorp (small town) and can reach some of the best beaches off the East coast in the Overberg region. Everyone knows I’m a beach lover. So let’s see which seaside spots in the Overberg I got to revisit.
I was told the last time my family visited Arniston, was when I was a toddler. I obviously have no recollection of it. On my last trip in October, I didn’t make it down here so I decided to spend a day on the beaches. I also really wanted to visit the popular Waenhuiskrans Grot (Wagon house cave), but it was unfortunately high when I arrived. I think visiting the cave that faces the Indian ocean must offer some breath-taking scenes during sunset. Sadly, i didn’t get to stay that long till the next low tide. I did get to swim in the warm waters, regardless of the wind, and I was wearing my bathing costume. I was going to swim.
There are MANY accommodation chalets and holidays homes to rent out in this town. There’s also a camping grounds spot for caravans. Holiday-making and fishing are this little town’s main industries.
Die Dam is a popular camping spot along the coast nestled between Pearly beach and Cape Aghulas. When I say popular with locals, I mean mainly those hailing from the nearby towns. The last time I came here was in when I was 7 year old. All my aunts and uncles, along with my many cousins camped here that summer.
For some reason this festive holiday, I had family camping there at the same time we went up. We went and paid them a visit to their caravan and had a braai. I made sure to spend ample time on the beach and enjoyed the warm water, before catching up with the rest.
It brought back lots of memories, and I found walking through the camp reminding me of the spaces I had once walked many, many years ago.
Why a getaway in the Overberg? Here are 5 reasons:
The one thing I love about the countryside along the Western Cape, are its epic sunsets. The clean, unpolluted skies make for a picturesque sunset anywhere over the farm, hills, mountains or beach. The cloud formations alone are unreal.
The Overberg lies on the eastern shores, meaning warm, turquoise waters to enjoy from the Indian Ocean.
You are amongst farms and fishing villages. The food here is much cheaper than the city, fresher and amazing. You have your pick. Seafood along the coast or a variety of dishes inland at the many padstals (road stalls or restaurants), amazing choice of wines at the vineyards or in the little towns. You won’t go hungry.
I cannot emphasise the peace and quiet out here. The fresh air and scenery will leave you refreshed and at peace. Everything is at a slow pace.
These sleepy towns are also seeped in deep history that have come to define the Cape and the rest of South Africa. From the first European ships to have sailed across the bays, slaves being brought in along the shores and a wealth of stories of the indigenous people that lived on these lands. There are plenty of small museums, caves and places to learn more about South Africa’s history and beginning as a country.
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Ok, that was my holiday getaway. Where did you spend yours?