Cape Country Meander
Welcome to the Cape Country Meander region of the Overberg.
Dotted along the N2 as you make your way to and from the Overberg, these beautiful, country towns will welcome you with open arms. Stretching from apple and pear country at Grabouw in the Elgin Valley, zigzagging across to connect with the fruitful valley of Villiersdorp and the green village of Greyton and ending at the historical Swellendam, the Cape Country Meander region is exactly what it names suggests.
Making your way through the smaller region of the Overberg will take you past some of its more relaxed and wholesome towns where the folks go back to basics. All located at the foot of mountain ranges and tucked into lush valleys, these towns focus on farming with various fruits and livestock – some ordinary, some extraordinary.
The CCM holds the towns of Grabouw/Elgin which is home Appletizer, Villiersdorp which holds the Theewaterskloof Dam and Caledon which is known as the Capital of the Overberg. These agriculturally focused towns produce various exports for South Africa such as apples, pears, peaches, apricots and of course, grapes – or rather their processed form of wine. The town of Botrivier coincidently, is home to one of the only wine routes established within a protected biodiversity zone.
Although located more towards the interior of the country, most of the activities in this area is surprisingly water-based. The main attraction of course being the Theewaterskloof Dam, this body of water is not only life-giving but also offers a dam good time. The calm waters are ideal for sailing, kayaking, swimming and of course fishing. Then there is also Caledon which is home to the world-renown natural hot springs. With some of the pools’ temperatures reaching up to 49°C, it is no wonder why people travel from all over the world to take a dip in the waters.
The people in the Cape Country Meander are also very focused on living close to nature and villages like Greyton pride themselves in being very eco-friendly. Making away with plastic bags and often hosting green educational events, the village is fondly known as the Green Heart of the Overberg.
So why not meander along the N2 and discover which is your favourite Cape Country Meander town within the Overberg. You might just get “lost”.