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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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Sleeps: 22 in 3 units/rooms
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Lavender Beach

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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 ...

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Sleeps: 6
From R 1 450,00
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The Boardwalk 6

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Struisbaai

Struisbaai, near Cape Agulhas, lies in the picturesque Cape Overberg region, a mere two hour, relaxing drive from Cape Town. The Boardwalk is a modern complex, just 100 metres from the beach, which sleeps six people.

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Sleeps: 8 in 4 units/rooms
From R 400,00
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Norfolk Guest House

Room Only / Limited Self Catering Accommodation in Hermanus

Norfolk Guest House is ideally situated within easy walking distance to all the amenities and a stones throw from the cliff path, famous for unforgettable whale viewing.

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Sleeps: 6
From R 880,00
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Wild At Heart Self Catering Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Hermanus

Fully equipped self catering cottage in Voelklip Hermanus. Sleeps a maximum of 4 adults & 2 children. 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

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From R 450,00
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Summer Place B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Agulhas

Summer Place B&B is a very comfortable place to stay, at Agulhas, the most Southerly Point of Africa. It has 3 well-appointed bedrooms en-suite, one with a beautiful view of the sea. The sitting room and dining area also have views of the sea...

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Sleeps: 4
From R 400,00
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Plum Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Greyton

Plum Cottage sleeps four persons and is the only private two bedroom, two bathroom (main en-suite) luxurious self-catering cottage in the centre of Greyton. It has a fully fitted kitchen boasting a selection of fresh coffee beans (and grinder of ...

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Spatalla

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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...

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Sleeps: 9
From R 2 000,00
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@ Arum

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Onrus

@Arum, this is a beautiful and modern Greek-style house situated in Onrus. The house consists of four bedrooms, 3 bathrooms which two are en-suite, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and laundry facilities, and on open-plan living area...

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Wolfkraal Farmhouse

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Caledon

Wolfkraal self catering Farmhouse, surrounded by mountains in the heart of the Cape Overberg, Caledon offers you a peaceful farm experience. A place where friends and family can renew bonds and enjoy time in nature.

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Sleeps: 2
From R 780,00
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Ninas Self Catering Hermanus

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Hermanus

Self-Catering apartment on the greenbelt, overlooking the ocean in Vermont. This apartment offers a "farm feeling", equipped with everything needed for a comfortable stay. The perfect choice for nature lovers who seek a peaceful, quiet escape.

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Sleeps: 20 in 9 units/rooms
From R 685,00
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Kapensis Guesthouse

Guest House Accommodation in Pringle Bay

Kapensis Guesthouse is situated in the heart of the Western Cape's uniquely rich fynbos region and offers breathtaking mountain and distant ocean views from our 8.5-hectare fynbos farm on the outskirts of Pringle Bay.

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Dovecote Cottage

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Hermanus

Dovecote Cottage is owned by Pam and Bruce Toms who live adjacent and are readily available to offer assistance or advice should it be required. The cottage nestles on Flower Street which is set back two blocks from the sea giving easy access...

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Sleeps: 8
From R 3 125,00
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The Ocean Villa

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sandbaai

This lavish Mediterranean home defies description: An upper deck open plan kitchen-lounge-sunset balcony offers breathtaking views of the ocean and the main beach which is directly out front.

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von Abercron Residence

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Hermanus

Von Abercron Residence offers two self-catering apartments and is situated on a mountain slope directly above the Hermanus Golf Course and adjacent to Fernkloof Nature Reserve with magnificent and panoramic mountain and sea views...

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Breede Riverine Chalet

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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.

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Marine Drive Manor

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Vermont

MARINE DRIVE MANOR is situated on the beach front in the tranquil, seaside village of Vermont /Onrus, a mere 5 minute drive from the popular coastal town of Hermanus. By day, watch the whales frolic in the waves from your veranda and by night...

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From R 1 010,00
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Crayfish Lodge Sea & Country Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Gansbaai

Crayfish Lodge offers 2 Panorama Suites and 3 Atlantic Garden Rooms

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The Great White House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Gansbaai

Three star luxurious fisherman's cottages take you back in time to experience the authentic style of living. Nothing but luxurious peace and tranquility. Cottages are build to accommodate a maximum of four but are normally occupied by couples. A ...

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Ons Kraal Holidays

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Gansbaai

Fairytale, upmarket holiday home which is situated in the peaceful town of Franskraal, 50 km's from Hermanus and 150km's from Cape Town International Airport. Come and relax in our beautiful home, which is a mere 300 metres walk from the unspoilt...

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Sleeps: 18 in 6 units/rooms
From R 550,00
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South Point Self Catering

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Agulhas

South Point is a small, personal, 3 star graded, highly recommended establishment, situated in the southernmost town in Africa, L'Agulhas. The southernmost tip of Africa, where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet, is within the gates of Agulhas..

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