Overlook

28 August 2017

West of Piekenierskloof, just above the sloping hills on which the vineyards are situated, lies the Overlook. From the vineyards, one would never imagine it to be there – for all you know, the hill might consist of a couple of rocks followed by more farmland. However, take a drive over the horizon, and the land falls away beneath you to reveal a vast valley, stretching for over 16 kilometers. Huge swathes of farmland are dwarfed by the sheer scale of it all. Tractors and trucks seem to move in slow motion far down below.

Take a look to your right, and dirt roads lead a winding trail through the mountain range, waiting to be explored by the adventurous. To your left lie old stone benches, perfectly suited for an afternoon picnic, or sundowners with a bottle (or two) of Grenache Rosé. The fynbos grows untamed and unattended here, and new vantage points are only a short trek away.

The west-facing Overlook is perfectly situated to watch the African sun slowly set over the mountains in the distance. With the ridge being so high up, the sun seems to take ages to go down, bathing the landscape in hues of pink, orange and red which photographs could never do justice, and truly have to be seen to be believed.

It may take a 4×4 to get there, but the view is worth the drive, and the perfect way to end a day in the beautiful Piekenierskloof.