48 Hours in The Overberg.
Roughly two hours out of Cape Town, over the Hottentot-Holland Mountains and just before you reach the Garden Route, you'll find yourself overlooking the rolling hills, vineyards and seemingly endless golden wheat fields of the Overberg region.
A weekend was all that was needed to explore this beautiful part of our country, truly catering to every taste, and we happily settled into the slower pace of life that surrounds the seaside towns between Hermanus and Gansbaai.
WHERE TO STAY
Situated just before Stanford, a town known for its weekend markets, antique stores, local wines, and culinary gems, along the R43 from Hermanus, lies Misty Mountains Estate.
The wine farm (also making their own craft beer, cider, and infused gins) overlooks the most beautiful farm valley and Hermanus lagoon. We stayed in one of the four newly renovated cottages, featuring comfortable queen-size beds, en-suite bathrooms, indoor fireplaces in both rooms, a fully functional kitchen, and outdoor braai facilities.
The cottages proved to be difficult to leave during these winter months as the temptation to stay cuddled up in front of the fireplace with a good book and a cup of tea was great, but it's definitely worth fighting those urges to explore the area. Nearby activities include tasting the wines from the surrounding valley, kayaking or fishing on the lagoon, exploring Stanford town, or hiking in the mountains that form the picturesque backdrop of the estate. Be sure to also take a stroll down to the farm stall for a good cup of coffee or stock up on local preserves, dried fruit, nuts and a selection of wines from the estate.
WHAT TO DO
Explore the De Kelders Caves and go fynbos foraging with Padloper Trails.
There are two tours to choose from. The first one being the Adventure Caves Tour, which will have you exploring two caves during low tide, starting off with the Soldiers Cave and its glowing Aragonite crystals, and finishing off with Duiwels Gat, a cave with its own private beach and light feature (a blowhole in the roof, 17m above you).
Ending off with an expertly guided walk along the contour path overlooking the beautiful Gansbaai coastline, where you'll learn more about (and even get to taste) the unique fynbos plants of the area.
The second tour option, the Drip Kelder Cave Tour, gives you the once-in-a-lifetime experience of swimming in the most incredibly clear underground freshwater pool. You'll also learn about the ancient rock formation inside and tour guide, Gareth, will eagerly share the history and tales surrounding these caves, dating back to 1776.
EAT & DRINK
Brunch at Ou Meul
Right at the entrance of Stanford, you'll find Ou Meul Bakkery. With their hearty, homey meals, all-day breakfasts and plenty of vegan options, it proved to be the perfect spot for a post-cave exploring brunch. The coffee is amazing and they offer almond/soy milk as well.
On our last morning, we couldn't resist one of the hot-out-of-the-oven loaves of sourdough. Paired up with some locally-bought produce and products, we took it back to our chalet for brunch as an excuse to utilize the beautiful and fully equipped kitchen.
Go beer, wine or gin tasting at Misty Mountains.
From the award-winning wines, professionally brewed craft beers and ciders to their very own range of handcrafted gins, Misty Mountains Estate offers tastings for every preference.
We tasted the four beautifully packaged, infused gins; from the smooth Dragonfly, the sweet Butterfly, to the spicy peppadew-infused Firefly and the brand new Mayfly with its hints of citrus. All paired up with fresh fruit infusions and tonic water. Be sure to head into the cellar restaurant afterward, where we couldn't get enough of the delicious woodfired pizzas, enjoyed whilst chatting to the friendliest staff members and the day's biggest sports matches on-display.
The estate is open for meals and tastings Monday to Fridays from 09:00 to 17:00; and on Saturdays from 10:00 to 14:00. Gin tastings are R120 per person.