Route Tours, The Overberg Coastal Route
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.