If you're a resident or even an annual visitor to Gansbaai, you’ve probably noticed a tortoise or two crossing the road...
Situated on the border between the Overberg and Cape Agulhas, Napier boasts the perfect balance between landscape and community. The community is a vibrant mix of Afrikaans and English folk making for the perfect mix of traditional and artistic influence. Similarly the natural landscapes and beauty have lent themselves to the perfect way of experiencing the great outdoors while enjoying the many attractions in Napier.
Drawing inspiration and ingredients form the surrounding landscapes and Soetmuisberg Mountains, the Napier Brewery gives you a true taste of the Cape Agulhas region while you take in the simple beauty of the town. Many of the restaurants and coffee shops in town have beautiful views over the surrounding fields, mountains and stream that runs through the town. The various accommodations to be found also hold a close connection to nature as most are found on large garden plots with ample space for the occasion horse or roost of chickens.
Those looking for a bit of adventure, worry not. Napier offers several outdoor adventures to get you truly immersed in the great outdoors. The various farms around the town hold beautiful horse riding trails to canter along at your own pace while soaking up the warm African sun. This is the perfect way for man and beast to explore the landscape while keeping an eye out for the various bird species found among the Fynbos in the area.
The hills around Napier also offer a couple of great hiking trails to enjoy. A popular choice is the guided Grootberg Trail which gives you a bird’s eye view of Napier and the neighbouring regions. The circular trail takes you around the summit of Grootberg, past Sopieshoogte and back to the starting point. The trail allows for panoramic views across the Agulhas Plains towards the coast, Napierto the north and Bredasdorp to the east. Along the way you can view various species of Fynbos endemic to the area and even catch a glimpse of the illusive Klipspringer.
Whether you are looking to trek through the great outdoors on foot or horseback or just enjoy a breath of fresh air, Napier offers a number of outdoor activities to take part in. So don’t let the calm appearance of Napier fool you, there is ample adventure yet to be had.