The Overberg region stretches from the Hottentots-Holland Mountains in the west to the Breede River in the east. To the north, the Riviersonderend Mountains form the boundary to the little Karoo and to the south the Atlantic and Indian Ocean meet at Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of Africa.
When you spot the first Blue Crane you know that you have arrived in the Overberg. During spring and summer, this majestic rather-unreal-looking large bird, that also happens to be South Africa’s national bird, struts around the rolling farm lands; the bread basket of South Africa. Farmers here owe their success to the life-giving waters of the Breede River.
A river rafting adventure on the Breede River is time well spent. Glide down this wide, tranquil body of water while you gaze at the bird life above. Race along sections with rapids and join in the fun of games and activities on the river and in the evenings at the picturesque camps.
The Elgin Valley, renowned for its apples and pears, offers a range of diverse activities. Go mountain biking and horseback riding through the rugged mountains, tackle a 4x4 trail or hike through valleys with picturesque orchards.
The town of Hermanus lies along Walker Bay. In the early spring, the blue sea is punctuated with V-shaped sprays and the sound of great breaths being expelled from pairs of giant lungs. And should you miss it the first time; the whale crier will soon alert you to the presence of southern right whales in the bay.
Hermanus is considered one of the best whale watching destinations in the world. Here, southern right whales lobtail (point tails up in the air), spyhop (look above the water) and, at times, throw their colossal bodies out of the water and crash into the sea again with a resounding thud, sending waves of spray high into the air.
Further south is the tiny fishing village of Gansbaai, a place synonymous with great white sharks. Thanks to a rich sea life and thriving colonies of cape fur seals, great white sharks thrive here and Gansbaai is considered the best shark cage diving destination in the world. A shark cage diving adventure involves a trip to a shallow channel known as Shark Alley. No diving experience is needed for this opportunity to stare one of the ocean’s apex predators in the eye.