The Cape has plenty to offer travellers who make the time to venture forth, from the Cederberg wilderness area to the semi-arid Klein Karoo and the rolling hills and dramatic coastline of the Cape Overberg. These regions offer visitors a unique experience with a distinctly local flavour.
The Cederberg is famous for its rare flora and the carpets of spring flowers that bloom between July and September. Home to the shy Cape Mountain Leopard and a variety of birds of prey, it is also the site of the largest natural gallery of rock art in the world. Activities include wilderness drives, hiking, mountain-biking, fly-fishing and rock climbing.
The Southern Cape and Overberg link Cape Town with the Garden Route. Hermanus in the Overberg is perched on the cliffs of Walker Bay, the winter playground for visiting Southern Right Whales, and offers among the best land-based whale watching in the world. In nearby Gansbaai, go cage-diving for an up-close-and-personal experience with the Great White Shark. The Overberg’s Hemel-en-Aarde wine route produces some of South Africa’s best cooler-climate wines, such as chardonnay and pinot noir.
For those who revel in the thought of taking ‘the road less travelled’ between Cape Town and the Garden Route, Route 62 is ideal – dramatic scenery, charming villages and plenty of wine estates known for first-class ports and fortified wines make for an unforgettable inland journey.
Highlights during any trip to the spectacular Cape Region include:
- Guided visits to some of the finest Bushman rock art sites in all of South Africa
- Discover the unbelievable botanical richness of the area
- Explore the Little Karoo Wine Route, the longest wine route in the world
- The best land-based whale watching in the world
- Go shark-cage diving
Cape Breakaways Accommodation
The Marine Hermanus
Hermanus, Cape Whale Coast
Perched on the cliff tops of Hermanus, The Marine Hermanus offers guests the unique opportunity to experience the finest land-based whale watching in the world. Guests can view these majestic creatures from one of the 42 luxury rooms making for an unforgettable stay.
Grootbos Nature Reserve
Walker Bay, nr Hermanus
The Grootbos Nature Reserve offers two five star lodges with luxury accommodation and situated on hills overlooking the whale-watching haven of Walker Bay. This is the only lodge in South Africa where you can expect to see all of the Marine Big 5 – whales, white sharks, penguins, seals and dolphins. The 27 luxury suites offer luxury amenities and modern facilities and are set in indigenous gardens that offer stunning views.
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve
Set in the majestic Cederberg Mountains, Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve is a five star retreat with luxury accommodation with an intimate Spa offering the ultimate pampering and restoring experience. Within the boundaries of Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve there are more than 130 rock art sites including some of the best preserved in the country, making this breath-taking destination a South African Natural Heritage Site. Guests can enjoy a range of outdoor activities such as guided rock art walks, sunset nature drives, hiking, canoeing and swimming in the crystal clear rock pools.
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, Route 62 Klein Karoo
Relive the legacy of the famed San people and absorb the grandeur of the Little Karoo at the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, only a 3.5-hour drive from Cape Town. Surrounded by towering mountains and open plains it boasts an impressive selection of succulents and wildlife, including the Big Five and free roaming white lions. Sanbona offers five-star accommodation at three luxurious lodges.
Hermanus, Cape Whale Coast
Set high on a cliff, overlooking the two best beaches in Hermanus, Birkenhead House’s unique location provides the perfect holiday venue. Most of the 11 opulently appointed studio suites offer sea or mountain vistas. Each room is luxuriously and individually decorated in a contemporary style, with an eclectic mix of modern and antique. The award-winning chefs have international exposure and world-class cuisine is a matter of course.