Attractions

Top Choice Nature Reserve in Gansbaai

Walker Bay Nature Reserve

This coastal reserve has excellent hikes and is a prime birdwatching spot. The main attractions though, other than the ocean vistas, are the impressive Klipgat Caves, site of an archaeological discovery of Khoe-San …
Top Choice Historic Site in Greyton

Genadendal Mission Station

Some 6km west of Greyton is Genadendal, the oldest mission station in South Africa, founded in 1738 and for a brief time the largest settlement in the colony after Cape Town. It now has a population of around 5000. …
Top Choice Winery in Stanford

Stanford Hills

Taste the Jacksons pinotage here – a fine example of South Africa’s home-grown grape variety. There’s also charming self-catering accommodation available (cottages from R1100), a glamping option (single/double luxur…
Nature Reserve in The Overberg

De Hoop Nature Reserve

Covering 340 sq km and extending 5km out to sea, this reserve has a magnificent coastline, with long stretches of pristine beach and huge dunes. It’s an important breeding and calving area for the southern right wha…
Nature Reserve in The Elgin Valley

Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve

This mountainous and forested reserve stretches from Jonkershoek in the west to Villiersdorp in the east, skirting the Theewaterskloof Dam. There are day walks and overnight hikes, mountain-bike routes and kloofing …
Nature Reserve in The Overberg

Kogelberg Nature Reserve

Proclaimed in 1988 as South Africa's first Unesco Biosphere Reserve, the Kogelberg has incredibly complex biodiversity, including more than 1880 plant species. Birdlife is prolific, wild horses live in the wetlands,…
Nature Reserve in Swellendam

Marloth Nature Reserve

Perched in the Langeberge, 1.5km north of town, this reserve is particularly pretty in October and November when the ericas are in flower. If the day hikes don’t hit the spot, try the demanding Swellendam Hiking Tra…
National Park in Cape Agulhas

Agulhas National Park

Africa's southernmost national park has exceptional birdwatching possibilities and hikes ranging from 3km to 10km in length. Recommended is the 5.5km Rasperpunt Trail, which takes in the Meisho Maru shipwreck. Infor…
Gardens in Betty’s Bay

Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens

These often delightfully empty gardens are well worth a visit. Paths explore the region's indigenous plant life – try the Leopard Kloof Trail, a 3km round-trip walk leading through fern forests and up to a waterfall…
Museum in Swellendam

Drostdy Museum

The centrepiece of this excellent museum is the beautiful drostdy (residence of an official) itself, which dates from 1747. The museum ticket also covers entrance to the nearby Old Gaol, where you’ll find part of th…