Self Drive Tour of the Overberg

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The Overberg is a large area and not as close to Cape Town as the Cape Peninsula and Cape Winelands. For this reason, most first time visitors to Cape Town often don’t venture this far and would rather stick to the more predictable, tourist-friendly routes.

However, the Overberg is truly an amazing region and makes for a destination in its own right.


Here are the highlights of the Overberg Tour (according to us) …

Clarence Drive (which connects Gordon’s Bay to Klienmond via Betty Bay) is a stunning coastal road equal in beauty to Chapman's Peak but longer, less busy and with more stop offs.
Betty's Bay Beach with its many wild penguins is far nicer than its cousin Boulders Beach mainly because it takes much longer to get here and you can only really do it by private transport.
Pringle Bay is a very pretty seaside town with places to eat and a lovely beach.
The Kogelberg Biosphere is officially the world’s most complex biodiversity site by square kilometer and merits a whole day trip on its own.
The Harold Porter Botanical Gardens which are small but no less impressive than their big sister Kirstenbosch and both run by SANBI to a very high standard.
Hermanus itself which has transformed itself from an old whaling town into a vibrant retreat for Capetonians.
The Hemel en Aarde Valley (the R320 which connects Hermanus to Caledon) is a delightful meander of world-class wine estates and food, and is far easier to navigate than the myriad vastness of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.