Think you’ve discovered all there is to the Western Cape?
Sure you’ve plumbed Cape Town’s city culture and superb beach vibes as well all the deliciousness of the Winelands - but have you road-tripped the Overberg?
This gateway to the Garden Route is often only a drive-through destination - and although the many farm stalls are definitely worth a road trip in themselves, the Overberg is also a place to linger and relax.
Most renowned for its quirky dorpies, whale-watching spots, and shark-cage diving adventures - the best way to tap into this laid-back lifestyle, is by exploring its coastal and inland towns through a good ol’ road trip.
There are few places along the Western Cape coastline quite like Betty's Bay - and despite the fact that a large provincial road cuts right through it, the town has managed to remain somewhat pristine, characterised by its white-sand and rocky-outcropped beaches, with houses rising organically out of lush fynbos.
Let your GPS or navigational talents direct you to Cape Agulhus where the two oceans give each other one salty hug and be in two places at the same time with one - slightly figurative yet geographically true - foot in the Indian Ocean and another in the Atlantic Ocean. But that’s not all; you can also be in three places at once and stand on the southernmost tip of Africa.
And at Potberg, one of the many De Hoop hiking trails, you can take the rare opportunity to see Cape Vultures - huge, impressive birds with a wingspan of about two and a half metres, as they cruise by, sometimes so close you can hear the wind rushing under their wings.
Or what about the secluded Baardskeerdersbos? This hide falls into the same category as Nieu-Bethesda and Hogsback in the Eastern Cape or Clarens in the Free State.
If you’re a beach-loving, crowd-hater, the Overberg’s beaches are still relatively undiscovered. Perhaps you're hankering for the middle of nowhere without giving up your creature comforts? Then you'll love the Fynbos Retreat's three fully-equipped cottages - recently celebrated for being "sustainable, spectacular, and tucked away in one of the planet’s wildest places - the Overberg.
Yes, from its must-do activities to these upcoming events, this special part of SA has all the trimmings for a summer road trip of note.
The Traveller24 Team