The Cape Overberg Region is a unique part of the Western Cape province of South Africa. Unspoiled beaches, abundant birdlife, undulating farmlands, and towering mountains reign supreme here. The Cape Overberg Region is one of the best parts of South Africa to visit, with diverse, gorgeous landscapes (home to some of South Africa’s most unique, rare flora and wildlife), wonderful lodging and cafes, and plenty of indoor and outdoor entertainment for all ages. Whether you enjoy spending time in nature or shopping at quaint village markets, this unique region has plenty to offer everyone. The top things to do in Cape Overberg are as follows.
- 1 Explore De Hoop Nature Reserve
- 2 Go for a Gansbaai Horse Ride
- 3 Enjoy (Seasonal) Whale Watching
- 4 Visit a Local Town Market
- 5 Tackle Incredible MTB Trails
- 6 Enjoy a Waterfall Hike in Swellendam’s Marloth Nature Reserve
- 7 Ride the Sand Dunes in Gansbaai
- 8 Explore Local Wineries: From Elgin to Hermanus and Beyond
Explore De Hoop Nature Reserve
The top things to do in Cape Overberg- The De Hoop Nature Reserve, which is also home to the famous Whale Trail walk, is arguably one of the most amazing sights in the Overberg Region. De Hoop is one of South Africa’s greatest natural regions. This beautiful reserve is about three hours outside of Cape Town and is popular with hikers, cyclists, bird- and whale-watchers, and environment lovers.
De Hoop Nature Reserve is a wonderful, beautiful section of our land, with a neighboring marine reserve that spans 5 kilometers out to sea. It’s also home to one of the Whale Trail’s greatest hiking pathways. This five-day trip is one of the best coastal and mountain hikes in the world, with wonderful self-catering accommodations for each of the five nights.
Why not enjoy wildlife or seasonal whale watching, swimming, MTB trails, and other day walks in this stunning reserve if you aren’t bold enough to do the 55-kilometer Whale Trail hike?
Go for a Gansbaai Horse Ride
You can cross riding a horse in nature off your bucket list at Pearly Beach Horse Trails in Gansbaai! This popular tour company offers a variety of beautiful tracks for riders to enjoy, including the mountain fynbos trail and sunset and full moon trails.
The routes are suited for riders of all skill levels, so both beginners and experienced riders are welcome. This 2.5-3-hour riding experience, which includes a photo/drone/GoPro video package (where possible) and light refreshments, is good value for money and gives you with a memorable experience.
Enjoy (Seasonal) Whale Watching
The top things to do in Cape Overberg- While Hermanus is undoubtedly the whale-watching capital of South Africa, with some of the best whale-watching possibilities in the country, there are numerous additional locations across the Overberg Region where you can see whales throughout the whale season (typically June to November). Whale watching is also possible in De Hoop Nature Reserve, but other coastal areas, such as De Kelders, Pearly Beach, Kleinmond, and Gansbaai, also allow you to see these magnificent beasts.
Visit a Local Town Market
Popular markets can be found in several Overberg communities, including Greyton, Stanford, and Hermanus. There’s also the inventive Elgin Railway Market, a steampunk-inspired market that attracts a wide range of visitors and is suitable for all ages.
Each of these markets has its own set of offerings, experiences, and entertainment for people of all ages. These Cape Overberg markets are sure to please, whether you’re looking for souvenirs, browsing the various stalls, or feasting on gastronomic treasures.
Tackle Incredible MTB Trails
The top things to do in Cape Overberg- The Cape Overberg Region, from Elgin to beautiful Swellendam, boasts some of the best mountain biking tracks in South Africa – and the globe! From Greyton to Hermanus, almost every Overberg municipality has some good MTB routes or amenities for cyclists to enjoy. Here are a few of the most well-known trail systems for avid riders to enjoy:
- Klipspringer MTB (Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy)
- Grabouw Forest Trail Network
- Greyton MTB Trails
- Hermanus (Hemel-en-Aarde Valley) Trails
- Oak Valley Estate and Elgin Valley
- Swellendam Trails (various)Website: www.trailforks.com/region/overberg-district; www.visitswellendam.co.za/mountain-bike
Enjoy a Waterfall Hike in Swellendam’s Marloth Nature Reserve
The gorgeous Duiwelsbos hiking trail, which leads to a spectacular waterfall, is hidden in the beautiful Marloth Nature Reserve in Swellendam.
This 2-kilometer trip takes about 1.5 hours to complete and is excellent for both children and adults to enjoy. After a sweaty hike, the waterfall and pool below it are amazing to discover and reward you with pure natural beauty. You can take in the rich beauty of Marloth along the journey, with its many trees, mossy cliffs, and clear streams.
Ride the Sand Dunes in Gansbaai
Young and elderly (ages 8 and up) can enjoy riding the sand dunes at De Kelders, near Gansbaai, with Fatbike Tours. The Sand Dunes Trail (which leads from Grootbos Nature Reserve to the sand dunes) and the Dunes Sunset Tour (which rewards you with unforgettable sunset memories) are two options. These exciting tours provide a once-in-a-lifetime chance to ride sand dunes on comfortable, long-lasting Fatbikes. The Fatbike, transportation to the dunes, high-quality photographs, light snacks, and reserve fees are all included in the tours.
Explore Local Wineries: From Elgin to Hermanus and Beyond
Incredible wineries are another feature of the Cape Overberg Region. These can be found all the way from Elgin to Hermanus and beyond. In the Cape Overberg Region, there are numerous wine paths to choose from. The following are some of them:
- Elgin (famed for its cool climate wines)
- Bot River
Each of these distinct wine routes features a beautiful assortment of wineries, as well as a variety of activities and sights for visitors to enjoy. Many of the wineries also have on-site restaurants, lodging, and gorgeous gardens to explore.