Cape Infanta

Cape Infanta is a coastal settlement in the Overberg area and forms part of the greater Swellendam area. The village of Infanta is located several kilometres to the north of Cape Infanta which is believed to be named after the Portuguese mariner João Infante, who accompanied Bartholomew Dias on his journey around the Southern African coast in 1487/8 and commanded one of his caravels or sailing ships, the São Pantaleão.


Today, Infanta and nearby Witsand are popular leisure destinations but have also played important roles in the commercial development of the area. It is here that the Breede River meets the sea and this protected estuary is very popular for water sports like windsurfing, kitesurfing and swimming. The area is also very popular for fishing including both rock and surf angling and deep-sea fishing.


The area in and around Cape Infanta is also famous for land based whale watching in season and many whales come annually to breed in the confines of St. Sebastian Bay. The De Hoop Nature Reserve also forms part of this area, an unspoilt nature reserve where you can take part in various outdoor activities or even the well-known Whale Trail, a private hiking trail only accessible via a group booking.