10 wonderful things to do on a road trip round the southern Overberg – TimesLIVE


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When I say it's well worth exploring south of Cape Point, do I mean literally get on a boat and head off into the Southern Ocean? Well, not really.Even though there certainly are recommended boat-charter services that will take you on fishing and pelagic-birdwatching trips south of this much-visited promontory, we're talking motoring around the southern Overberg, about 4,000km2 of which lies south of Cape Point.Based in the Overberg for 16 years, I've explored this area many times, most recently on my old dual-sport motorbike. Though most of the back roads and dirt tracks are doable in a normal sedan, being on an adventure bike or in a higher-clearance AWD SUV gives you more freedom to explore.Here are 10 awesome things to see and do along the way: 1. TOUCH THE SOUTHERN TIP OF AFRICAAt Cape Agulhas you can walk to the southernmost tip of Africa and ponder the enormous expanse of water between yourself and Antarctica, over 6,000km away.Take in the Africa monument there; visit the museum at the Cape Agulhas lighthouse (1849) and brave the steep ladders to the top for epic sea views.For more info, call Cape Agulhas National Park on 028-435-6078 or visit sanparks.org 9. GO WINE TASTING AROUND ELIMThe conservation-focused Elim Wine Ward has steadily increased its reputation over the years. Initially known for its cool-climate varietals such as sauvignon blanc, today it is the source of a range of fine wines including shiraz, pinot noir, elegant red blends and even an MCC of exceptional quality.The farms on the Elim wine route - the "southern-most wine route in Africa" - are located close together, so it's possible to explore them all in one day, with lots of wine-tasting opportunities and superb restaurants along the way.Your options include Strandveld Vineyards, The Berrio, Black Oystercatcher Wines (which also offers meals, craft beer and accommodation), Quoin Rock, Zoetendal Wine Farm and Lomond Wine Estate. 10. EXPLORE THE BACK ROADSThere are only two prerequisites for this activity: a copy of Slingsby's Overberg touring map and an adventurous spirit.With a little judicious tyre deflating (1.6 bars front and 1.8 bars rear) most sedan cars with reasonable ground clearance (min 150mm) should easily navigate the bulk of the southern Overberg's good dirt tracks, particularly in the dry months.Ambling through this seasonally changing landscape, you'll see birds such as blue cranes, spur-winged geese and black harriers, as well as many an old farmstead in the rolling hills (rûens) carrying thriving wheat and canola crops.Find lots more information on the area, catalogued by town, at xplorio.com or overberg-info.co.za. 
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