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Grabouw / Elgin is a farming area in the Overberg area of the Western Cape, which is situated in the South Western corner of South Africa. The Overberg refers to the area between the Hottentots Holland Mountain range and the Breede River. It extends all the way north to the Riviersonderend Mountains and to the meeting of the Indian and Atlantic oceans in the South. The Overberg is well known for its agriculture and tourism. Although many towns along the coast and in the interior are popular destinations for tourists, they also form part of the Western Cape’s agricultural hub.
The Elgin Valley and Grabouw are about 70km from the city of Cape Town, and about 50km from Cape Town International Airport. When driving from Cape Town to Grabouw, you will pass by townships on the outskirts of the city, including Khayelitsha. Further along the N2, you will pass through Somerset West before heading over Sir Lowry’s Pass, which will take you over the mountains and straight to Grabouw.
If you are driving from George, and making your way along the Garden Route, you will also follow the N2, but this time towards Cape Town. The N2 will take you all the way along the coastline past Groot Brak Rivier and Mossel Bay. Heading into the interior along the N2, you will see a variety of farms, from wheat to brightly coloured canola fields. Once you get to Bot River you will be entering the Elgin Valley and will soon arrive in Grabouw.
The route from Cape Town to Grabouw is the quickest and most convenient way to get to Grabouw and the Elgin Valley. If you avoid peak traffic hours you can travel from the city to Grabouw in just over an hour. The journey from George to Grabouw is longer but more scenic and offers many options for quick stops and overnight stays. In total, the journey from George to Grabouw is about 365km, which can take up to four hours depending on traffic, and the number of stops you make along the way.
The destination is well worth the journey.
Get directions to Grabouw / Elgin here.