South Africa - Western Cape (Cape Town)

Overberg is an area of abundant biodiversity, meaning ‘over the mountain’ this region is east of the Hottentots Holland rugged mountain range, located between Cape Town and the Garden Route.

With rolling wheat and canola fields bordered by the Breede River, no other routes offer more splendid coastal vistas. The N2 winds its way up to Sir Lowry’s Pass or choose Route 44, away down at sea level, from Cape Hangklip to the Koogelberg Nature Reserve.

Hermanus is the big draw here for watching southern right whales in calving season from June until December, or if you want to be less crowded, spend time at the Walker Bay Nature Reserve in Gansbaai. Go hiking or enjoy birdwatching. Or visit the archeological site with the discovery of Khoe-Shan artefacts in the impressive Klipgat Caves with their informative panels.

Enjoy the De Hoop Nature Reserve’s outstanding coastline, with long stretches of pristine beach and massive dunes covering 340 sq. km and extending 5km out into the sea. Watch for coastal fynbos- fine bush and endangered animals such as Cape mountain zebras and bontebok. You will also discover this area’s prolific amount of birdlife, including a breeding colony of rare Cape vultures.

Overberg Hotels

Birkenhead House$$$

Eleven suites with either sea or mountain views offer the height of comfort and luxury: balconies, underfloor heating and huge bathtubs allow guests to make the most of their stay, whatever the weather. Spa, pool and gym offer the chance for indulgence, relaxation or exercise. Cliff and beach walks are an invigorating way to take the air but numerous sporting and leisure activities are available in the area, from golf to shark-cage diving. Whale watching, for which Hermanus is famed, can be d...

Birkenhead House

Mosaic Lagoon Lodge$$$$

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