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, and extends all the way North to the Riviersonderend Mountains and the Indian/Atlantic Ocean in the South.
The area is well known for its agriculture and tourism, and many towns along the coast and in the interior are popular destinations for tourists and form part of an important agricultural hub in the Western Cape province. Grabouw / Elgin is 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 the town of Somerset West, and drive through an industrial area 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. Although the N2 can be busy, if you avoid peak traffic hours you can easily get 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 4 hours depending on traffic, and the amount of stops you make along the way.
The destination is worth the journey.
Get directions to Grabouw / Elgin here.