Situated in the Overberg, the Elgin Valley is easily regarded as the Cape’s most beautiful fruit and wine growing region. This fertile valley boasts gorgeous vineyards, abundant orchards, lush forests and sweeping mountain views. Of course, we may be a little biased so you’ll have to come see for yourself.
Just an hour from Cape Town, the drive is well worth a mention too. The N2 snakes up Sir Lowry’s Pass where – on a clear day – you can enjoy spectacular views over False Bay and its surrounds. Once on the other side of the pass, you descend into the Elgin Valley, over the mountain – hence the term Overberg.
The Elgin Valley falls into the UNESCO-protected Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and is very much geared for outdoors lifestyle. There are private game reserves, incredible hikes, prime birding opportunities, trout and fly-fishing and exhilarating mountain bike routes to enjoy. Choose to zipline over fynbos and waterfalls, canoe or cruise down a river; or even go kloofing or quad biking. The list of fun and adventurous activities for the whole family is endless. And for those after a more laid-back Overberg experience; Old Mac Daddy has created its very own beach, so you can put your feet up, sip on a fresh cocktail and contemplate what to enjoy for dinner.
Inspired by the simple routines of farm life and a deep respect for food products straight from the land, Elgin’s gourmet adventures are as fresh as they are interesting. From award-winning restaurants to casual dining and fun foodie concepts, Elgin is known for its excellent produce, farm stalls, delis and purveyors of fine foods.
Pair this with the region’s outstanding wines and you won’t be disappointed with the wholesome, slow-living Elgin Valley vibes. There are many boutique Elgin wineries that welcome visitors by appointment or as walk-ins. For more about Elgin’s wine experience visit the Wines of Elgin website.
As one of the country’s top apple producers it seems natural that Elgin is also South Africa’s home to craft cider. Book a tasting experience and learn more about this exciting tradition renewed in Elgin.
With so much to offer, it’s clear to see why the term #ElginMagic has been coined. There’s just so much magic to enjoy in Elgin… and we look forward to sharing that magic with you.