A talented writer friend of mine has been having a love affair with the Cape Overberg for several months now, so I packed my car and took a two hour drive up the N2, and then along the scenic route of this stretch of the Southern Cape coastline, to experience what all the fuss was about. Now I understand, because the magic of the Overberg takes a grip fairly quickly – especially visually – from the wild and mesmerising coastline that Southern Right Whales chose to visit annually, to the picturesque country towns and surrounding farmlands regarded as the breadbasket of the Cape.
It’s sheep and grain farming country, with a fair amount of rolling canola fields, fruit farming in the famed Elgin Valley and a burgeoning wine industry that can hold its’ own against the more popular Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Constantia Valley wine regions.
Fauna and flora are in abundance here: The wheat fields are significant breeding grounds for the Blue Crane – South Africa’s national bird – while the UNESCO recognised Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is filled with flowering plants not found anywhere else in the fynbos world. And then there is Cosmos!
Picture fertile hills engulfed by towering steel-blue mountains, a stretch of ocean that brags a dozen shades of blue capable of taking your breath away, and farmlands that change from dry and dusty mustard to rain-injected emerald as the seasons change. This is the essence of the Overberg.
Several major towns make up the region, but I focussed on Stanford, Hermanus, Napier, Arniston, Gansbaai and of course Cape Agulhas, because although this blog is all about living and loving on the tip of Africa, Agulhas really is the southermost point of this amazing continent. Each of these towns deserves a post of its’ own but there’s also Swellendam, Caledon and Bredasdorp to explore, so add all of them to your Bucket List!