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Garden Route Tours, The Overberg Coastal Route

Garden Route Tours have a few different directions to head in when exploring this stretch of land. One of the most popular routes is the road taking you past the seaside towns and villages of False Bay and through the miles of farmlands of The Overberg. The Overberg coastal route provides incredible scenery and guarantees a few unique and true South Africa highlights. Below are a few towns found along the way when you find yourself on Garden Route tours taking the Overberg coastal route.

The scenic R44 Clarence Drive is one of the most scenic mountain routes in South Africa and takes us around the Helderberg mountains on route to the Overberg. It starts from Gordons Bay and passes a few small towns and villages before arriving in The Overberg. These towns include Rooiels, Pringle Bay, Betty's Bay and Kleinmond along a dramatic coastal road and high sea cliffs. The road offers magnificent sea views over False Bay to Table Mountain and Cape Point, and during South Africa winter months you can start keeping an eye out for whales which can be found along the entire Garden Route.

Betty's Bay can be found shortly after coming off Clarence drive as you drive away from the city. It used to be a massive whale hunting area many years ago, but is known for another reason today. It is currently home to one of only three African Penguin colonies on the mainland of South Africa. Many Garden Route Tours taking the Overberg Coastal Route will stop here to have a look at the penguins in their natural habitat. Not too far away from the penguins one will find the Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens in the Kogelberg Reserve, the first Biosphere in South Africa to be proclaimed by UNESCO. The Garden is a speciality attraction stop and can only be visited on request during our private Garden Route tours.

Kleinmond is a famous holiday town amongst South Africa holidaymakers. The name is Afrikaans and means 'small mouth', referring to the river mouth coming off the lagoon from the Botrivier. The Overberg Coastal route takes us right through the middle of this town as we head to Hermanus which is usually a lunch stop during our Garden Route tours.

The town of Hermanus doesn't need a lot of introduction. It is one of the most popular holiday destinations in South Africa and The Western Cape. During Christmas season the town is buzzing with activity, but let us not forget the guests of honour - The Southern Right Whales from June to November. During the winter months of South Africa the bays are filled with whales and people line up to watch them from the shores. Boat tours are also available to take you very close to these mammals. Hermanus is a sure stop for all Garden Route tours taking the Overberg Coastal route.

Gansbaai is one of the world’s most popular shark cage diving spots and known as the Shark Alley of South Africa. Daily shark tours are available and in many cases can be done as an optional activity on longer Garden Route tours.

Elim is a truly unique and historical town. Finding it we must move away slightly from the coastal route and deeper into the mainland of The Overberg. It is on the road between the towns of Gans Bay and Bredasdorp. Until today the town of Elim is managed and owned by the Moravian Church of South Africa. Elim is not a popular stop during Garden Route Tours, but for those who enjoy history and a bit of an antique touch, let us know so we can include it in our private tours.

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