The Elgin Valley, Grabouw offers as much uncluttered quietude, scenery, eateries and things to do, as it does dignified cool climate, expertly crafted wines.
Arguably, no place is too far-flung if the experience is on your bucket list. However, we do offer the added benefit of being a mere 45 minutes (70 kilometres) from Cape Town.
The Valley is also home to Appletiser the world famous soft drink company. No surprises there - we’re famous for our fresh produce, most notably apples, pears and grapes.
Come to the Elgin Valley. This really is the place to immerse yourself in the kind of beautiful country living the whole family will approve of.
It is built along the beautiful shores of Walker Bay and is the official Whale Watching Capital of the World as well as a popular holiday destination. Hermanus is surrounded by majestic mountains, indigenous Fynbos and spectacular natural beauty while its residents are the heart and soul of the town providing an unforgettable holiday experience. This coastal resort offers the best land based whale watching in the world. The Southern Right Whales visit Walker Bay from July until December every year. About 60 to 100 of these magnificent animals come here from Antarctica to breed and rear their young. Tourists are often treated with close up displays as these creatures often come to within 10 meters of the coast. The cliff tops in Hermanus offer tourists great views and the ability to watch the whales close up.
L' Agulhas nature reserve
L’Agulhas Nature Reserve is a residential nature area situated on the slopes above the coastal villages of Agulhas and Struisbaai. The Private Nature Reserve’s design gives each plot a north facing aspect with superb panoramic views of the sea, mountain ranges and a distant freshwater lake.
The reserve is roughly, as the crow flies, 2 km from the cairn at Cape Agulhas that marks the southern point of the African continent. Due to the unique position as the southern most Private Nature Reserve in Africa, you can have the extraordinary experience of viewing the Indian Ocean to the East and the Atlantic Ocean to the West whilst standing on the property.
witsand - the whale nursery
Experience friendly village life that offers food for the soul and a place to simply relax and unwind. Situated at the mouth of the Breede River, Witsand offers 4km of white sandy beaches, surrounded by magnificent species of this Cape Fynbos Floral Region World Heritage Site. Witsand is a popular resort for fishermen and other holidaymakers. It offers magnificent views on the estuary against the backdrop of the Potberg to the west. Visitors are often standing in awe when they gaze across the wide river mouth over the bay. The tidal flow of the river and the sheer beauty of the area create an unequalled tranquility and peacefulness to the surroundings. It is a paradise to residents and visitors alike. Whether it’s the desire to be close to nature and its gifts, or to participate in adventure- eco and sporting activities, Witsand has it all.
Swellendam owes its original development and existence to the relationships that existed between the Khoi people who supported and bartered with the Trekboers and the Ambagswerf at the Drostdy Museum was built to demonstrate the trades and skills that Swellendam was renowned for. In the mid-19th century, the little hamlet of Malgas once played a much bigger role in the Overberg than it does today. Because the Breede is navigable for around 50km inland to Malgas, this was once an important trading port that served the whole area. From around 1860 onwards it was quicker to transport goods from Cape Town by ship than by ox wagon, and so this river route was a lifeline for the region.