Clarence Drive has been voted the Most Scenic Coastal Drive and on sunny days like today it is clear why this Overberg route compares well with the best of the rest. The road hugs False Bay, linking Gordon’s Bay with Rooiels, Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay.
In the 1930s three businessmen acquired Overberg farms with the aim of developing housing settlements. Arthur Youlden (after whose daughter, Betty, the village was named); Harold Porter (who donated the property now known as the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens); and Jack Clarence, after whom the scenic Cape Whale Coast drive is named, joined forces in leaving a legacy called Clarence Drive.
Yes, this route takes a bit longer to get you to Kleinmond or Hermanus, but the Overberg has time and tends to slow visitors down to enjoy the better things. Things such as unspoilt nature where mountains dissapear into the Atlantic waves and only one road stands between them – Clarence Drive.