In the most southerly region of Africa, only one hour east of Cape Town, lies the Fairest Cape's best kept secret, a fertile area surrounded by mountains and sea. Simply called the Overberg, it is the traveller's reward for breaching the mountain barriers which divide it from the rest of the country. To early settlers it represented the land beyond the mountains of Africa, a region rich in resources as well as boundless treasures.

 

A scattering of tiny seaside resorts in the vicinity attract regular caravanners, campers and fishermen. In contrast is Hermanus, a bustling town where crowds flock to watch migrating whales between June and November. The region offers visitors a myriad other activities, such as golf, hiking, birdwatching, canoeing, mountain biking, architectural tours, historical tours, fynbos and flower trails and, of course, unending opportunities to indulge in fine food and wine.

 

This superb coastal area, stretching from Hangklip to the mouth of the Breede River, can be approached from the Cape Peninsula over the dramatic Sir Lowry's Pass along the N2 national road, by a coastal road carved from the sea cliffs from Gordon's Bay, through the Kogelberg Biosphere - the only one in South Africa.