The Overberg is part of South Africa’s Western Cape and lies just an hour or so from the great magnet of the south, Cape Town.
There’s a lot to do and see in this small region, from 4×4 treks into the fynbos covered hills to a picnic along the beautiful beaches.
The Zambezi Queen is a luxury boat permanently moored in this far away spit of river, but from the boat you will see some of Africa’s most beautiful creatures converge.
Herds of elephants, hippos alongside the banks, crocodiles and thousands of birds, most of which I never learned the names for.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, industrialists around the world created what became known as ‘company towns.’ These small communities centered around a particular company gave workers everything they needed, from housing to stores and even cemeteries.
Many of these towns were nothing but a way for the company owners to further control their workers, keeping them under their proverbial heels, but some became enlightened examples of proper labor management.
Again, this is another place well known within the country, but I don’t think that the Overberg is all that well known outside of South Africa.
A country full of beautiful landscapes, this may be one of my favorites.
Today those bases are abandoned, but all of the buildings, belongings and even a cemetery remain in place, an eerie reminder of how hard life is in this extreme part of the world.
Australia can be strange at times, but I think that’s why I love it so very much.