Cape Infanta is a coastal settlement in the Overberg area and forms part of the greater Swellendam area. The village of Infanta is located several kilometres to the north of Cape Infanta which is believed to be named after the Portuguese mariner João Infante, who accompanied Bartholomew Dias on his journey around the Southern African coast in 1487/8 and commanded one of his caravels or sailing ships, the São Pantaleão.
Today, Infanta and nearby Witsand are popular leisure destinations but have also played important roles in the commercial development of the area. It is here that the Breede River meets the sea and this protected estuary is very popular for water sports like windsurfing, kitesurfing and swimming. The area is also very popular for fishing including both rock and surf angling and deep-sea fishing.
One of the greatest attractions to this unspoiled area are the Southern Right Whales. This annual event, which occurs between the months of June to November and sometimes into December, attracts many visitors and the sites are spectacular. This is definitely something worth seeing. The Road to Infanta is a bit of a rollcoaster ride but worth it. If you are looking for a holiday by the sea, where you can relax and enjoy the sun and surf, then this is the place for you. Get away from the busy city lifestyle and enjoy the sound of the waves while watching whales frolicking in the sea.
Infanta is often referred to as a ‘sleepy little town’. It was founded in 1819 during a time of severe drought during which its creator, Joseph Barry, transported rice and maize from Cape Town up into the Breede River mouth.