Engineer Charles Mitchell constructed Sir Lowry’s Pass on the current route, about 2 km to the south of the Hottentots Holland Kloof in 1828. It was named for the then governor of the Cape Lowry Cole. Little did Mr. Mitchell know that he would be instrumental in cementing (excuse the pun) a modern day “Portal to Paradise”. Fortunately, Cape Country Routes understands value and variety. Learn more and excite with us on embarking on any of our rapturously rewarding routes to uncover the hidden gems the Southern tip of Africa beholds.
The gateway to the Overberg and the Eden Coastal Region from Cape Town, this road, opened up speedy access to the popular tourist destinations on the Whale Coast. Witness whales, White Sharks, wildlife and the southernmost point of Africa, Cape Agulhas.
Although the Overberg region of the Western Cape is most famous for its whale watching, it would be a crime of note to pigeonhole this area for one standout attraction. The varied scenery incorporates rolling hills, orchards, Fynbos, sparkling canola fields and a rugged coastline with serene sandy shores. All of these elements contribute evenly to the area’s aesthetic appeal and to use another bird analogy, dovetail beautifully.
The most beautiful and exhilarating stretch of the coast is between Gordon’s Bay and Hermanus, where the mountains plunge into the ocean forming a coastline of steep cliffs, sandy coves, dangerous headlands and natural harbours. Following the R44 south, the small coastal resorts after family-favourite vacationing spot, Gordon’s Bay are Rooi Els, Bettys Bay, Pringle Bay and Cape Hangklip (hanging or leaning rock). Proven to be a gloriously popular stretch for viewing birds and wildlife in unique habitats, sightings of which are virtually guaranteed. Be on the lookout for firm favourites like Chacma baboons, African jackass penguins (seriously, they are called this), spoonbills, herons, pelicans, gulls, terns, kingfishers and fish eagles.
Next stop, Hermanus! Over the years Hermanus has grown from being known as a sleepy little fishermen’s village to being the Worlds Best Whale Watching Capital of the world. It now rightfully claims to be a base for visiting world class wine estates, eateries, galleries, adventure activities, scenic drives and incredible hikes through the meandering mountains trails. Every year Southern Right Whales migrate from their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica to warmer climates, reaching South Africa in June. Giving whale-watchers spectacular displays of raw power and elegant water acrobatics, Hermanus deserves its title of best land based whale watching in the world.
One would certainly be forgiven for thinking that in terms of activities, accommodation, fine restaurants and an abundance of wildlife all the above-mentioned would be the ”size of it” where the Whale Route is concerned. Alas, the DE HOOP NATURE RESERVE and Cape Agulhas still lay in wait. Hikers and cyclists have close-up encounters with animals such as Bontebok and Cape mountain zebra and lazing on the beach and snorkeling in the many rock pools is simply another way of passing a rewarding day.
Much to do and even more to experience, so contact us today to select the supreme scenic circumstances that would transform your trip to the Fairest Cape.