#Overbergfacts : Within driving distance of one of South Africa's busiest cities, lies a region of contrasts and wonder. The Overberg has...
The Cape Agulhas region offers a veritable paradise of nature in all her glory, which will delight even the most discerning tourist, botanist, hiker, photographer, historian, bird watcher or angler.
The region is bordered by blue mountain ranges, set in undulating hills in a kaleidoscope of gold, green and brown, with endless beaches and dunes. Fragrances of fynbos merge with mountain and sea air.
The history of this area is closely interwoven with the early history of the Cape. A few stock farmers established themselves here as early as 1710. Wellknown families settled as pioneers in the southern coastal area, as did shipwreck survivors of various nationalities. It is believed that this blending of cultures is the reason for the hospitality and sincerity of the people of the Overberg.
This is the southernmost tip of the African continent and the meeting place of the two oceans the Indian and Atlantic Ocean. The southernmost tip was named Cabo das Agulhas ('Cape of Needles') by Portuguese seafarers at the end of the 15th century because compass needles show no variation between true north and magnetic north points.
Visit the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse Museum –this museum opened in 1994, and is the only one of its kind in Africa. Please do explore it and if you are feeling fit, climb the 71 steps to the top of the lighthouse and enjoy the panoramic view of the sea.
Here you will find the Lighthouse Restaurant which houses a wonderful curio shop. A unique experience. Eat in a working lighthouse! There are several Hiking Trails Contact the Cape Agulhas Tourism Bureau:
Tel: 028 424 2584 for more information on these trails.