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Overberg / Whale Coast

Just over the mountains and approximately one hour east of Cape Town, lies the Cape's most jealously guarded secret... The Overberg, sometimes referred to as the Whale Coast.

The Overberg ("the other side of the mountain") was the original name given by Dutch colonists in the Cape when referring to the land that lay east across the Hottentots Holland mountain range.

The region is an all year round destination, excellent for beach holidays. It is a playground of the earth and sea, a nursery of the Southern Right whales and a garden of delight, from its rare floral tapestry, to the fields of grain and orchard of fruit.

For beach holidays and to enjoy the sun of South Africa at its best December - February is the time to visit. The busiest time, however, is December which is the traditional holiday period for South Africans. A quiet period is March - May, when the weather is moderate and the area is fairly quiet. For the best land-based whale watching in the world and the floral spectacular at its best June - November is ideal, and especially August and September.

The Overberg enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. The height of summer is in January with average temperatures 15C. The middle of winter is June with average temperatures from 5C to 22C.

Best land-based whale watching sites world-wide

The coming of the whales to the Overberg creates a stir along the coast when reports of sightings draws crowds who gather to watch the greatest mammal show on earth. The Overberg coast forms part of the MTN Cape Whale Route. There are three types of whales likely to be seen, The Southern Right whale, Humpback and Bryde's are the three types of whale likely to be seen.

The whales may be viewed along the Overberg coast and especially good vantage points are along Hermanus' Walker Bay and at Koppie Alleen in the De Hoop Nature Reserve, the world's most important calving and mating grounds.

In Hermanus a 12km stretch of cliff path provides one of the best land-based spots for whale watching world-wide.

A wealth of indigenous plants and animals

The diversity of the Overberg's natural environment is accompanied by an unsurpassed wealth of indigenous plants and animals.

The Overberg is the heart of the famous Cape Floristic Region and although it is the smallest plant kingdom in the world, it has an amazing 8500 species.

Some of the finest colonies of fynbos in the country are found in the Overberg. Fynbos (fine bushes) is the popular name given for the vegetation of the shrub lands of the Western Cape's winter rainfall area. Although fynbos is at it's most spectacular during late winter and spring, the region offers flowers to be enjoyed throughout the year. A similar variety of animal species includes many mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and terrestrial invertebrates and fish.

Food and Wine

Visitors to the Overberg can expect to find a superb coastal area of fine beaches and quaint villages in beautiful mountain settings. Every town and many of the farms have well preserved historical features, often still in use as part of their everyday life. Those interested in arts and crafts will find a vibrant mixture of indigenous crafts and modern art works to choose from including unique crafts such as decorative works on wagons and dried fynbos arrangements. There is also a variety of art galleries, exhibition venues, pottery clubs and art groups.

The Overberg has developed it's own style cuisine and is renowned for its excellent seafood and traditional 'beorekos' dishes. It's wine estates, many with cellars open to visitors for wine tasting, produce award winners listed on the SAA wine list and are exported to Europe. Wines range from crisp dry whites to full-bodied reds.

The Outdoors

Outdoor lovers have a wide variety of activities to choose from. Bontebok National Park, De Hoop Marine Reserve, and the Fernkloof Nature Reserve are just a few of the nature reserves well worth visiting and walks and hiking trails are available including horse trails, mountain bike trails and 4x4 trails. For the more daring, great white sharks can be viewed in their environment whilst in the safety of an underwater cage. For the not-quite-so-daring, there's always angling, swimming, sailing and then there's golf...

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Dreams of the Ocean

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Vermont

Dreams of the Ocean is situated in tranquil Vermont, a suburb of Hermanus, within 10 minutes' walk from the sea, beautiful coastal walks and tidal pools. The self catering house is modern and spacious. The house has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms...


Barford Haven Luxury Apartments

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Hermanus

3 apartments have 2 beautifully appointed bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other twin bedded. The 4th apartment has 1 bedroom with a double bed and a comfortable sleeper couch in the study. There are luxurious duvets in crisp cotton. Each ...

Pearly Beach Cottage

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Pearly Beach

This comfortable, neatly built house in Pearly Beach is situated within easy walking distance from the beach.

Sleeps: 8 in 1 unit/room
From R 3 500,00
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Whale Huys

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in De Kelders

Whale Huys is a cozy Cape Dutch villa located directly on the whale coast in De Kelders. The open plan living area and each of the 4 en-suite bedrooms have unobstructed ocean views on at least two sides.

Sleeps: 22 in 3 units/rooms
From R 700,00
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Lavender Beach

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Vermont

This tastefully decorated house and flat, with beautiful sea views, is situated on the beach front, in a quiet cul-de-sac, only 10 minutes away from the resort town Hermanus! Walk out the front door, onto the magnificent seaside cliff path with ...

At Rikis Place

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Hermanus

We offer a cozy fully equipped Self Catering apartment in the quiet area of Voelklip, Hermanus with large windows facing the beautiful fynbos covered mountain.


Eastbury Cottage

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Hermanus

Tastefully and artistically decorated with attention to detail, the Garden Cottage is fully enclosed with its own private garden, outdoor living area and built-in barbeque. The main open plan bedroom has a king size/ or twin beds, a day bed in the...

Sleeps: 10 in 5 units/rooms
From R 550,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Braeside Guest House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Swellendam

Each of the 5 individually styled en-suite bedrooms features a private garden terrace and most offer views of the mountains. The others overlook the pool area. All rooms have satellite television, a safe, bar fridge, tea/coffee facilities, fresh ...

Sleeps: 24 in 2 units/rooms
From R 860,00
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Wild At Heart Self Catering Cottage

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Hermanus

Fully equipped self catering cottage in Voelklip Hermanus. Sleeps up to 6. A few minutes walk to the famous Grotto Beach, close to the Cliff Path Walks and mountain trails. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a fireplace for chilly winter evenings, ...

From R 975,00
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Zoetendals Vallei Jubilee Hill

Guest Farm Accommodation in Struisbaai

Jubilee Hill is a self-catering cottage situated on the historical farm, Zoetendals Vallei, which has been in the van Breda family since 1817. The cottage is situated 6.5 km from the coastal town of Struisbaai with its beautiful white beaches that...

Sleeps: 8 in 1 unit/room
From R 1 500,00
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Breede Riverine Chalet

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Malgas

The Breede Riverine is only a three hour drive from Cape Town's busy city life, which is close enough to serve as a relaxing weekend getaway for city dwellers.

Arniston Seaside Cottages

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Arniston

Arniston is a favoured subject for artists and movie-makers. It is here that the southern right whale can be spotted migrating to and from the Antarctic. Where dunes embroider endless beaches and rustic white-washed cottages overlook a deep blue sea.

Sleeps: 50 in 10 units/rooms
From R 300,00
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Sandbaai Country House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Sandbaai

You can expect the very best at this residence, from luxury bedrooms to quality service and fine cuisine. Each of the ten individually decorated en-suite bedrooms has a telephone, television and extra length beds with fine cotton linen...

Eagles Nest

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Betty's Bay

Eagles Nest in Betty's Bay is a Family Friendly, self catering holiday cottage that borders on a Green belt and is close to the ocean and beaches with spectacular mountain views. Eagles Nest can sleep 8 - 10 Adults.


La Fontaine

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Hermanus

La Fontaine is not a hotel; it is a home away from home with a warm ambience that offers gracious living and all the comforts conducive to a serene, restorative getaway. Our five en-suite bedrooms are all individually decorated and vary in size ...

Musson Street Cottage

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Hermanus

Self-catering upmarket garden cottage with fully equipped kitchenette with guest fridge, stove and micro wave oven. Spacious Bedrooms equipped with M-Net & DStv.


Villa le Roc Guesthouse

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Kleinmond

Two self catering units each comprising of a fully fitted kitchen, lounge with TV, private braai area, a main bedroom with double bed, a second bedroom with two single beds, a bathroom with toilet and a seperate showerroom with a toilet...

Sleeps: 6 in 1 unit/room
From R 1 600,00
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Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Pringle Bay

Ideally located holiday home - only 100m to the beautiful sandy beach. This is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway! Spacious and neat house with views, balcony, garage and built in braai under roof. Accommodating up to 6 guests in 3 bedrooms...

Sleeps: 8 in 1 unit/room
From R 3 750,00
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Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Kleinmond

Spatalla is situated in Kleinmond, a luxuriously furnished private self catering residence that offers the finest finishing touches including 4 spacious bedrooms with private balconies, all have en suite bathrooms...