Overberg Fynbos Route

The Overberg Fynbos Route is a route in the southern Overberg rich in fynbos, beauty, nature reserves and pretty towns

Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Overberg Fynbos Route

The Overberg Fynbos Route, also known as the Southern Overberg Fynbos Route, is a route put together by a group of land owners in the southern Overberg, with the intention of promoting an area rich in fynbos, beauty, nature reserves and pretty towns.

Where? The route includes the towns of Stanford, Elim, Gansbaai, Baardskeerdersbos, Pearly Beach and Wolvengat

When? Best in late winter and spring

Overnight? See Stanford accommodation, in Cape Overberg

Fynbos is the natural shrubland, or what is known as heathland vegetation, that grows only in a small belt of the Western Cape. Directly translated from the Afrikaans, it means 'fine bush'. It is the smallest and richest per area unit of the world's six floral kingdoms, its diversity is very high, and 6300 species of the total 9000 are endemic, meaning that you won't find them anywhere else in the world.

Only a very small portion of fynbos is protected and it is thus under threat from alien vegetation, agriculture and urban expansion.

Fynbos is incredibly fragile, despite its capacity to grow in a wind blown, hot region of South Africa. Invasions by alien plants cover around 15 per cent of the Agulhas Plain, excluding farmland. These together with the threat of unplanned fires, harvesting of wild flowers, damage by 4X4s, and developments, place fynbos at risk.

The Overberg Fynbos Route includes the towns of Stanford, Elim, Gansbaai, Baardskeerdersbos, Pearly Beach and Wolvengat, and incorporates a series of working farms, guest farms and private nature reserves that encourage visitors to experience the splendour of fynbos at its most spectacular. On the route are beaches, hiking trails, forests like Platbos, fantastic birding opportunities and wonderful beaches. It's an area for nature lovers.

The best time of year to experience fynbos at its best is late winter and spring, but at any time of year this part of the world is beautiful.

Other Popular Routes in the Region

Green Mountain Eco Route

Where? Elgin
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Mountain Treasure Route

Where? Swellendam
Based on the Overberg Tourism map, the Mountain Treasure Route starts on the N2 en route to Swellendam, past Riviersonderend. Riviersonderend is a beautiful little town with incredible mountain and river scenery that takes its name from the...

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Tip of Africa Route

Where? L'Agulhas
Based on the Overberg Tourism map, the Tip of Africa Route starts in Cape Town, where you take the N2 via Grabouw and Caledon to the pretty town of Napier (make sure to stop off at the Napier Farmstall en route), after which you have a couple...

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Mountain and Meadows Route

Where? Greyton
Based on the Overberg Tourism map, the Mountain and Meadows Route starts in Villiersdorp, the assumption being that you have already done the Green Mountain Eco Route. Take the R43 from Villiersdorp back to the N2, direction Caledon. After...

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Did you know?

Fynbos includes proteas, ericas, restios, as well as geophytes, daisies, legumes and vygies. The most popular fynbos includes buchu and rooibos (used for tea), and restios (used for thatch), as well as the wild flowers harvested for sale in supermarkets and export overseas.

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