Western Cape Tourism Region: Overberg Map
The Overberg (meaning “over the mountain” in Afrikaans) is a fertile wheat and sheep farming area reached from Cape Town via the Sir Lowry’s Pass through apple and other deciduous orchards. The gentle rolling hills of the Overberg stretch endlessly from the Indian Ocean at Cape Agulhas the southernmost tip of Africa, to the Langeberg Mountains. Whale watch from Hermanus to San Sebastian Bay at Witsand. Visit Greyton with its whitewashed thatched Cape cottages and explore charming, historic Swellendam. Take a trip back in time and stay in some of the historic homesteads and country houses in the area, which offer bed and breakfast.
Some of the well-known destinations on our Overberg map include Arniston, Bonnievale, Caledon, Cape Agulhas, De Hoop Nature Reserve, De Kelders, Gansbaai, Greyton, Heidelberg, Hermanus, Pringle Bay, Stanford, Swellendam and the Walker Bay Nature Reserve Use the map and Overberg accommodation guide to plan your Overberg travels.
The tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas is a fascinating place to visit – there are not many places in the world where you can stand with each foot in a different ocean! Visit the lighthouse or enjoy long beach hikes.
The reserve is approximately 34 000 ha in size - one of the largest natural areas managed by Cape Nature Conservation. Come here to hike, cycle, birdwatch and whalewatch in season.
Meaning “The Caves” this area is known for its numerous natural caves, excellent land-based whale watching and hiking. The Klipgat Cave, just outside of De Kelders in the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, where some of the oldest remains of modern man (homo sapiens sapiens) have been found.
On the way to Greyton, this historic tranquil mission village is set against the mountains, and Lady Anne Barnard visited here in 1895. See the original church and old mill and browse through the museum and home industry shop.
Meet the villagers at the Saturday morning market where home-bakes, fresh produce and organic veggies are sold, then pop in for coffee and cake or lunch at the Oak & Vigne.
A small and picturesque, rustic town, Heidelberg (named for a town in Germany – both are built along rivers) is known as the western gateway to the Garden Route.
The site of whale mothers and their young is an unforgettable experience and Hermanus offers the best land-based whale watching opportunities in the world. A traditional whale crier blows his horn to alert visitors to whale sightings in season
Close-knit nature-loving artistic community in an unspoiled relaxed seaside hamlet. Popular swimming beach, collection of quaint shops and eateries and galleries to explore.
In search of bric-à-brac or some stylish art? Visit this small sleepy village, enjoy lunch at Marianna's and sample her "fresh from the garden" food, then take home some deli delights.
Visit the Drostdy Museum, horse ride through the forests at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains and view and buy locally made pottery and crafts in the area.
South-western Cape coast, just east of Hermanus. The reserve comprises five coastal areas lying between Hermanus and Die Dam near Struisbaai. Take a day hikes along the coast. Angling, swimming and picnicking are permitted, although take care - the sea can be rough and dangerous.