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The Overberg

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... is located in the East of the Cape area of the Western Cape in South Africa.

The area described here lies to the north of the Whale Coast and forms the inland route R60 and R62 connection between the Cape Winelands to the west and the Little Karoo to the east.

The main area of interest here is the triangle created by the Langeberg and Riviersonderend mountains. This is the Breede River valley, a beautiful and fascinating area of wineries and natural landscapes, with some excellent lodge options ....

McGregor and Robertson ... are two rather interesting towns. McGregor is an amazingly preserved Victorian settlement which became isolated when the main road was re-routed over a hundred years ago. Robertson is a major centre for wine production.

Montagu ... is another interesting old town, set on the north side of a dramatic pass through the Langeberg Mountains and famed for being a major centre for the production of dried fruits.

Swellendam ... lies to the east of this triangle, back down on the main N2 highway. It is the third oldest town in the country and contains some elements of considerable historic interest.

Sanbona and Barrydale ... is an area which lies north of the Langeberg Mountains. Barrydale is a small farming settlement which occupies the narrow strip of fertile land watered by streams from the mountains. But of more interest to visitors is Sanbona, a huge private wildlife reserve covering the dry landscapes to the north, the only really decent game reserve in the whole of the Western Cape.

Matjiesfontein ... lies further north, in the much drier areas of the Great Karoo, a fabulous historic time capsule which has served as transit stop by the main N1 highway and railroad to Johannesburg since Victorian times.
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