The Overberg District is situated at the southernmost tip of Africa and in close proximity of the City of Cape Town in the west and the Garden Route in the east, whilst the N2 Main Road runs through it. The district covers 11 391 square kilometers.
The history of the Overberg dates back to pre-historic times and is rich and diverse. The area off the southernmost tip of Africa is world-renown for its fierce winter storms and thus hundreds of shipwrecks scatter the coastline. Quaint little towns and hamlets such as Elim, Suurbraak, Genadendal, Greyton and Tesselaarsdal and larger towns like Swellendam, Barrydale and Caledon with their variety of architectural assets sets the scene for any tourist interested in the history, people and lifestyle of the district.
Furthermore the Overberg is richly endowed with fynbos, the smallest but yet the most unique floral kingdoms and environmental habitats in the world.
The 2007 Community Survey estimated the population size of the Western Cape at 5.3 million people, of which 4% resided in the Overberg District. The population density per square kilometer is ±20. The most populous regions in 2007 were the City with 66.3%, followed by Cape Winelands with 13.5% and Eden District with 9.7%.
Source: Overberg District Municipality IDP 2011