Activities and Attractions
The Cape Whale Coast and Overberg Region offer an almost overwhelming variety of activities to choose from, many fascinating places of interest to visit and easy self-drive day trips on which to explore the area. We offer some suggestions in the below list, but will gladly assist with more information and directions should you require more guidance in order to make the most of your holiday.
Whale Watching & Shark Cage Diving A visit to this region will not be complete without a sighting of whales in the bay (in Season from June to October) or a boat trip out for some cage diving with sharks. Consider Dyer Island Cruises for up close and personal encounters with the whales and Shark Lady Adventures in Gansbaai for meeting up with the Great Whites.
- Shark Lady Adventures
- Dyer Island Cruises
On a Walk-About From the chalet there are numerous walking paths from which to choose. You can stroll along the many footpaths crossing through the Middelvlei Estate itself or walk along the edge of the lagoon. Take a long walk along the unspoilt sandy beach towards Kleinmond, or through the dunes in search of the herd of wild horses that freely roam around the area. If you want to drive out to explore other hiking options, visit the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens in Betty’s Bay, consider a leisurely stroll along the cliff path in Hermanus or hike along any of the numerous trails in the mountains above Kleinmond and the Palmiet River area. For memorable visits to Cape Nature Reserves, you are spoilt for choice. Check out CapeNature website for options in the Overberg region (all an easy drive out from your LagoonAndSea base-camp. Visit the Kogelberg, Walker Bay, Salmonsdam, De Hoop or Fernkloof Nature Rerserves.
- Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
- Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve
Birding With over 130 species of birds having been sighted in the area, it is truly a paradise for birdwatchers. We recommend that you bring your binoculars along and enjoy many hours of delight observing our feathered friends living in the area. For more information, visit Western Cape Birding’s website offering excellent information about birding in the Overberg region.
All about Horses Klein Paradys Equastrian Centre in Bot River offers horse riding along the beach, through the vineyards or in the surrounding mountains. Look out for the herd of wild horses that live in the Bot River Lagoon area. They are often seen peacefully grazing in the dunes or galloping past along the edge of the lagoon.
A most beautiful sight to behold.
- Klein Paradys Equestrian Centre
Thrill The Cape Whale Coast and Overberg region also cater to the tastes of the more adventurous among us. Adrenaline junkies can choose from the following options: paragliding, quadbiking, 4x4 Trails, mountain biking in Fernkloof Nature Reserve, rafting and tubing on the Palmiet River or extreme sandboarding on the dunes outside Betty’s Bay.
- Tubing (Palmiet River)
In & Out of the Water LagoonAndSea is a water sport lover’s dream holiday location. The lagoon offers excellent conditions for water skiing and boating, sailing, swimming, kite-surfing, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. All along the Cape Whale Coast there are also popular spots for snorkeling, surfing and scuba diving.
Swing Past the Golf Course
If your holiday is just not complete without a visit to the greens, consider booking a tee-time at Arabella Golf Estate, currently ranked under the top ten golf courses in South Africa. Alternatively, Kleinmond and Hermanus also offer excellent courses for golfers to enjoy.
Chill For those whose idea of relaxation involves zero effort and lots of pampering, the spa experience is also a quick and easy drive out. Consider some me-time at Carchele Spa at the Marine in Hermanus, or visit the Arabella Hotel and Spa.
- Carchele at Marine