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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: 12 in 1 unit/room

Cactus Lodge

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

Welcome to Cactus Lodge. A spacious 5 bedroom, fully-equipped, Self Catering accommodation in Betty's Bay.

Sleeps: 6 in 1 unit/room
From R 900,00
Per unit, per night.


Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Pringle Bay

@ Annie's Self Catering Apartment is situated in Pringle Bay which offers an unforgettable Eco experience in the heart of the fynbos biosphere.


To RUN To Luxury Self-Catering

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Hermanus

To RUN To is a beautiful double-storey home lovingly restored, beautifully furnished and superbly decorated to create an ambience of tranquillity in Westcliff, one of the most beautiful areas of Hermanus.

Sleeps: 50 in 7 units/rooms

On The Cliff Guest House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Hermanus

Our guest house is located on the cliffs overlooking the sea. All rooms are beautiful,spacious,en-suite and have stunning sea views and open onto private patio's. Sauna, heated pool, gym, bar, guest lounges, bicycles etc all inclusive. Watch whales

From R 900,00
Per unit, per night.

No 4 Klein Street

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Gansbaai

No 4 Klein Street is a spacious, well appointed house in Gansbaai on a large, enclosed plot

Sleeps: 8 in 1 unit/room
From R 1 750,00
Per unit, per night.

Wagtail Lodge

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Sandbaai

Situated in the picturesque Hemel-en-Aarde Country Club estate, Wagtail Lodge offers the discerning self-catering guest a relaxing stay in this quiet security estate. Enjoy the landscaped walking paths that meander through the 45-hectare estate...

Sleeps: 4 in 1 unit/room
From R 350,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Chavonnes Farm Cottage

Guest Farm Accommodation in Caledon

Chavonnes Self Catering Farm Cottage is on the farm Chavonnes 8km south of Caledon and lies against the north face of the Steenboksrivier mountains.

Sleeps: 4 in 1 unit/room
From R 200,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Fynbos Cottage

Self Catering Flatlet Accommodation in Betty's Bay

Welcome to Fynbos Cottage, situated in the picturesque village of Betty's Bay within 5 minutes drive to Main or Silver sands Beaches.Newly opened, Fynbos Cottage offers self-catering accommodation for up to 6 guests....

Lavender Cottages

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Grabouw

Enjoy the peace and tranquility of Lavender Cottages, less than an hour from Cape Town. Lavender Cottages are set amongst apple orchards offering spectacular views of the Elgin Valley, famous not only for its fruit, but also for its beautiful gardens

Sleeps: 8 in 1 unit/room
From R 1 350,00
Per unit, per night.

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...

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: 8 in 1 unit/room
From R 1 800,00
Per unit, per night.


Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Rooi-Els

Come and spoil yourself and relax in this recently refurbished, spacious 4-bedroom house. The house is elevated, and provides you with magnificent views of the ocean and surrounding mountains.

A Farmhouse

Self Catering Flatlet Accommodation in Onrus

Situated out of the hustle and bustle of Hermanus, but still close to all main attractions, the farmhouse offers a Self Catering Flatlet

Sleeps: 13 in 6 units/rooms
From R 385,00
Per person, per night sharing.

House on Westcliff

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Hermanus

A stone's throw from the cliff paths overlooking Walker Bay is House on Westcliff. This boutique Bed and Breakfast comprises six charming rooms furnished with eclectic African and European design combining the best of antiquity with modern comfort and fea

From R 310,00
Per person, per night sharing.

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: 8 in 1 unit/room
From R 1 500,00
Per unit, per night.

Blue Bottle Cottage

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Struisbaai

Blue Bottle Cottage is situated within Langezandt Fishermen's Village at Struisbaai which offers 24 hour security, and is a relaxing two-hour drive from Cape Town, through the scenic Cape Overberg region.

Sleeps: 4 in 1 unit/room
From R 325,00
Per person, per night sharing.


Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Hermanus

The cottage is on the slopes of the mountain very close to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve with its abundance of fynbos, the major vegetation type of the small botanical region known as the Cape Floral Kingdom. Fynbos, or "fine bush" refers to the fine nee

Sleeps: 11 in 1 unit/room
From R 2 400,00
Per unit, per night.

de Oude Pastorie

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Greyton

Follow the footpath across the footbridge over the "leiwater" and enter a traditional experience: of a flawless yet comfortably furnished home with authentic oregan pine finishes. De Oude Pastorie has excellent proximity in the centre of town and...


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 ...


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 ...