Heading over the mountain pass, between Cape Town and Hermanus we soak up the mind-boggling views across the Atlantic and get off the beaten path in the lovely Elgin Valley. One of the Cape’s best-kept secrets, the area is becoming known as the Adventures Valley, thanks to a wealth of hiking and biking trails and the striking landscape of rolling vineyards, orchards and scattered forests. Here we stop at a river lodge with exclusive access onto a wide trout and bass rich slow flowing river with options to explore the Overberg by Stand-Up Paddleboard or kayak.
After our active morning, we continue to the coastal town of Betty’s Bay and to the Stony Point Nature Reserve, home to large breeding colonies of African Penguins and a variety of seabirds. Wander along the boardwalk of this birders’ paradise, viewing the highly entertaining penguins and go in search of remnants of a mid-1900s whaling station. We stop at the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, and on our nature trail learn about traditional healing plants and their medicinal uses.
For those wishing to explore at a faster pace you can choose the option of zip-lining amongst the Hottentots Holland Mountains (optional activity, supplement cost).
On our return we travel along the scenic coastal drive, passing the towns and inlets which adorn the shoreline, keeping an eye out for a glimpse of whales, dolphins and seals which may be spotted playing in the water.