Drive east from Cape Town for one hour over Sir Lowry’s Pass and the Hottentots-Holland Mountains and discover the Cape’s best-kept secret, eloquently named the Overberg (“Over the Mountain”). This is a land of majestic mountains, unpredictable seas, rocky cliffs and sandy beaches, home to lovely fynbos plants as well as many animals and birds.
The Overberg is often referred to as the Whale Coast, in reference to the fact that many species of whales, the most common being the southern right whales, nurse their young in the waters off the Overberg coastline from June to November of each year.
The visitors who frequent the region are often first drawn here by the beaches, the surf and the holiday resorts but as they gradually discover the fascinating histories of the charming rural villages and the beauty of the Fynbos Floral Kingdom, they return year after year, just like the whales.
Farming is an important activity in the region and the vineyards, orchards and rolling wheat fields have claimed many parts of the landscape for their own.
Overberg lies in the famous Cape Floral Region with its well-known fynbos vegetation. Many of the species growing in this region are found nowhere else in the world. The natural vegetation gives rise to a richly diverse animal and bird population. One of the noted conservation successes in the country originated in the Overberg, where the highly endangered blue crane has found a new home in sanctuaries established specifically for this purpose. The conservation effort is taken very seriously by Overberg authorities and residents, as is attested by the more than 15 nature reserves and two national parks.