Of course Franschhoek is the centre of the world - a small world and easy to reach. It is closer to the most beautiful and varied scenery than almost any other place than I know. This varied beauty is why so many film companies make movies in the Cape.
There are numerous short trips one can take from Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House in Franschhoek – to some of the most beautiful countryside, seascapes and hamlets, and all within an hour or two. We will describe some of them over the next few weeks.
Drive just over the mountains, up the winding Franschhoek pass over the continental divide, and one reaches the Overberg. The “Overberg”, literally “over the mountain” is a land of haunting beauty, with green and sinuous hills and valleys rimmed by blue mountains. It is a pastoral country of sheep, wheat and barley lands.
It is at its pristine best in the late winter when the wheat is green or in the late afternoon when the land is casting long and moody shadows.