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4 Must visit towns in the Overberg

The Overberg is a great year round destination that has something for everyone.

A few hours away from Cape Town, the Overberg is a destination for those wishing to escape the city and a must visit for tourists. The little villages in the Overberg region are incredibly rich in history and filled with an abundance of attractions and activities.

4 of the must visit villages in the Overberg region are Napier, Arniston, L’Agulhas and Struisbaai. Each little village has a unique atmosphere.

Be you a beach bum, whale watcher, hiker, mountain biker, wine lover or history buff – The Overberg is for you.

I have put together a short list of the 4 must visit villages in the Overberg region.

Napier in Overberg region in South Africa. Perfect family friendly destination. Horses roam the village
Horsing around in Napier


Napier is a sleepy village situated between Caledon and Bredasdorp in the Overberg region , very close to the Seaside villages of Arniston, Struisbaai and L’Agulhas.

The Village is lovely , featured at the foot of the Soetmuisberg mountain, it has a old world charm with rolling hills and farmlands surrounding the village. The sunshine yellow of the canola fields was a beautiful contrast to the lush green farmlands.

Napier is a great town to choose as a home base as you explore the neighbouring towns , villages and nature reserves.

Napier is a foodie’s dream destination! I was astonished to find in this little town so many places to eat. The food was also incredibly good with small-town hospitality that we all love. The owners and even the chefs of the restaurants are known to come out and chat to patrons.

There is a running joke in the village ,where the locals check if you actually intended on visiting Napier in Western Cape and not Napier in New Zealand.

Where to eat and stay in Napier:

Arniston :

Arniston/Waenhuiskrans – is the only village in South Africa with two official names.

This lovely seaside village with its beach cottages is the perfect holiday destination .

Arniston/Waenhuiskrans is 24 km from Bredasdorp. The iconic fishing cottages make you feel like you have stepped into a painting.

Clean beaches, rock pools and nature walks, makes Arniston the perfect family holiday destination. Not much happens in this village but it Booms during the holiday seasons. The water in Arniston is warm from the Indian Ocean current .

Where to stay:

The Arniston Hotel :

There is a lot of holiday accommodation available


Struisbaai is well known for its little harbour and colourful fishing boats.

The bay is shallow with beautiful clear water , well known for its long 14km uninterrupted white beach which is very safe for a walk and swimming.

Struisbaai is mostly a holiday village with many holiday homes and a caravan park. The village is a scuba diver and fisherman's paradise.

Keep an eye out for Southern Right whales which visit the area from June to December to calve and mate.

Where to eat :


L’ Agulhas is the small village situated by Cape Agulhas. Cape Agulhas is the southernmost point of Africa and is where the Indian and Atlantic oceans officially meet. A must visit spot!

The lighthouse which sits on a hill overlooking the town was established in 1849. You can enjoy wonderful walks along the beach and Agulhas National Park along a wooden walk way or splash in the numerous tidal pools .

There a many small coffee shops and restaurants for refreshments in the town.

L’Agulhas can get incredibly windy because of its location. Plan and pack accordingly.

Where to stay in Agulhas:

Agulhas National Park

Domestic tourism s open in South Africa, Now is the time to go visit some of these unique local towns. Support small business and keep tourism alive in South Africa.

I recently went on a trip to the Overberg area to visit these little towns. See more of our adventures on Social Media for family friendly activities in the Overberg area.

For more on what to do in the Overberg region follow this link :


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