Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
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Southernmost Region of Africa Route
 
 
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
The Southernmost region of Africa is a subregion of the Overberg. Bordered by blue mountain ranges, set in undulating hills in a kaleidoscope of gold, green and brown, with endless beaches and dunes, is a truly spectacular and varied landscape. The region is home to more than 8 500 fynbos species, more than 6 000 are found nowhere else in the world. The southernmost region of Africa will delight the most discerning tourist, hiker, botanist, photographer, bird watcher or angler.
Southernmost Region
The Southernmost region of Africa is a subregion of the Overberg. Bordered by blue mountain ranges, set in undulating hills in a kaleidoscope of gold, green and brown, with endless beaches and dunes, is a truly spectacular and varied landscape. The region is home to more than 8 500 fynbos species, more than 6 000 are found nowhere else in the world. The southernmost region of Africa will delight the most discerning tourist, hiker, botanist, photographer, bird watcher or angler.

Travel along the R316 road from Caledon towards Bredasdorp. Napier is the first village you pass through and a definite stop. Set in a delightful rural atmosphere, the town itself is not much to look at, but has a certain 'old world charm'. In autumn, on an appointed weekend, horse and cart enthusiasts from far and wide gather for the annual Horse and Cart Festival. The town is a buzz with proud owners showing off their carefully cared for and well-maintained carts from a by-gone age. Napier has become a popular weekend destination for many city folk and surely offers true peace and tranquillity amidst a genuine kind-hearted, hospitable country community.

Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route

Bredasdorp is situated 16 km from Napier, on the R316 road. Established as South Africa's first "-dorp" in 1838, today is the economic hub of the Suidpunt region. The town is clean and pleasant, in the midst of a peaceful landscape of sheep farms and weatfields. Bredasdorp is home to the unique world-renowned Shipwreck Museum, with artifacts and furniture from ships wrecked along the South African coastline in years gone by. Remember to visit Kapula Candles, famous for its more than 1 000 different candle designs, offering visitors a true South African retail experience.

From Bredasdorp take the R319 towards Struisbaai and L'Aghulhas (30 km). Hotagterklip Cottages is restored fisherman's cottages at the entrance to Struisbaai, built by early fisherman. All have been declared as national monuments. Struisbaai boasts with the longest continuous stretch of white sandy coastline in the Southern Hemisphere. L'Aghulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa is situated only 6 km from Struisbaai. Being located at the very tip of the legendary foot of Africa, it is a prime tourist destination. Numerous shipwrecks of the early explorers attempting to conquer the wild seas off the southern tip of Africa, dot the coastline. The famous L'Aghulhas lighthouse, dating back from 1848, is the second oldest working lighthouse in South Africa, and open to visitors to experience a very steep climb to the top. For those scared of heights and confined spaces, the koppie (hill) behind the Lighthouse provides a panoramic view of the point where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, of passing ships and the layers of rocks around the pools where the original Khoe-khoe inhabitants collected their fish.

From L'Aghulhas and Struisbaai you must travel back towards Bredasdorp on the R319. Drive along until you see the turn-off on your right to Arniston / Waenhuiskrans on your right. Take note that this is a shortcut on a gravel road. The road is in good condition, but bewares of the many land tortoises crossing the road. They present an obstacle course for the unwary driver. There are road signs to warn motorists that they are sharing the roads with these animals. Children love this experience and often volunteer to help these "road walkers" safely cross the road.

Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route
Southernmost Region of Africa Route

The gravel road comes to an end at the R316. Turn left to go to Arniston / Waenhuiskrans. Arniston is known as one of the world's best hideaway, and even better known for the 200-year old restored fishing village of Kassiesbaai. The picturesque whitewashed, thatched cottages cluster around the shoreline and would happily fit into the most romantic of Victorian paintings. A national monument in its entirety, this charming village with its inhabitants has stolen the hearts of numerous artist and photographer. The Waenhuiskrans Cave, which is only accessible at low tide, is one of the major attractions of Arniston and is the product of an erosive process that has carved many weird and wonderful rock formations along the coast.

From Arniston visitors have to travel back towards Bredasdorp on the R316 road (24 km). At Bredasdorp you can decide to either go to De Hoop Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area, (east of Bredasdorp) or via Elim (R317-road) towards Gansbaai and Hermanus. Both roads are gravel.

De Hoop is signposted from the northeast side of Bredasdorp on the R319. De Hoop Nature Reserve is one of the Cape's most important and attractive reserves and a nature-lover's paradise. Here you will feel the stresses of city life slip away as you immerse yourself in the unspoilt beauty and tranquillity of this 34 000 ha Eden. A popular destination for people and whales alike, this reserve near Bredasdorp, is home to about 1500 plant species, an abundance of marine organisms and the Western Cape's only breeding colony of the rare Cape vulture.

Visitors going to Elim take the R317 (33 km) from Bredasdorp, sign-posted Elim.
Elim is one of the most attractive and picturesque of the surviving old-time South African mission stations, only inhabited by members of the Moravian church. Beautifully thatched, white-walled little cottages, charmingly varied in their rooflines and the styles of their eaves and windows, face onto a furrowed and figtree-lined main street. Take a stroll through the village and note the small pieces of land that has been allocated to a number of residents, which is mainly used for growing vegetable. Stop at the Old Mill Tea Room to have some lunch or tea while sampling some delicious Elim biscuits and "mosbolletjies".

Take the scenic drive from Elim to Wolvengat and enjoy the superb fynbos along the road. Some of the most sought-after wild flower species are found in the Elim area. Most flowers are picked and sold for export. Visit Sunessentials in Wolvengat for an aromatherapy treatment, body alignment, foot reflexology, shiatsu chair massage, Indian head massage or aroma back massage. Products made from herbs and vegetable oils, olive oil soaps and a special bath range are available.

From Wolvengat take the gravel road to Waterford. This is a working fynbos farm, offering visitors various day walks and a 26 km overnight trail in beautiful mountain fynbos (April - October). Two primitive huts are available for visitors requesting accommodation and teas/picnic lunches can be arranged by appointment. From Waterford farm, travel along towards Klein Paradijs, (gravel road turns left towards R43) where this farm is situated. Mountain fynbos with scenic views and birdwatching, including blue cranes, African fish eagles, owls and other raptors can be seen. A restaurant that caters for lunches and dinners and accommodation is available.

Following the R43 will take you past various seaside villages. Pearly Beach, Uilenkraalsmond, Franskraal and Kleinbaai until you reach Gansbaai. Renowned for good fishing, fine boat and land based whale watching, but over recent years it has really established itself as the great white shark capital of the world. Gansbaai is one of the few places left in the world where one can still cage dive with these magnificent creatures. There are nine white shark viewing / diving operations active in the Gansbaai area. Some operators have a specialist crew for photography and film work, while others offer an opportunity for total adventure. Be sure to be part of this unique educational experience.

From Gansbaai, the road leads to Stanford and from Stanford the road continues until you reach Hermanus, heart of the Cape Whale Coast and "Riviera of the Overberg".

 

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