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Overberg / Whale Coast

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...

Popular Towns

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Aire Del Mar Guest House
Guest Rating: 8
Sleeps 22 in 9 units
From R 700
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Aire Del Mar Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Gansbaai

Overberg / Whale Coast

Aire Del Mar Guest House provides bed and breakfast accommodation in Gansbaai in the Overberg / Whale Coast region in the Western Cape. Aire del Mar is ideally situated in Kleinbaai (sometimes referred to as Van Dyks Bay) for the viewing of the Great Whi

Anchor's Rest
Graded:
Sleeps 12 in 4 units
From R 406
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Anchor's Rest

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Hermanus

Overberg / Whale Coast

Anchor's Rest offers both bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation options in Hermanus Central in the Overberg / Whale Coast, Western Cape. Situated in the quaint seaside village of Hermanus, 120Km from Cape Town. We are in the quiet suburb of We

Arniston Seaside Cottages
Graded:
Sleeps 56 in 13 units
From R 460
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Arniston Seaside Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Arniston

Overberg / Whale Coast

Arniston Seaside Cottages provide self catering accommodation in Arniston on the Overberg / Whale Coast in the Western Cape. The picturesque fishing village of Arniston is a popular subject for artists and movie-makers. It is here that the southern right

Fig Tree Cottage
Sleeps 4 in 1 unit
From R 800
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Fig Tree Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Hermanus

Overberg / Whale Coast

Fig Tree Cottage offers self catering accommodation in Hermanus on the Overberg / Whale Coast. situated in the quiet suburb of Eastcliff, away from the hustle and bustle of the Hermanus village centre, yet conveniently close enough to leave your car and t

Bucaco Sud Guesthouse
Sleeps 12 in 6 units
From R 500
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Bucaco Sud Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Betty's Bay

Overberg / Whale Coast

Bucaco Sud Guesthouse offers stylish bed and breakfast accommodation in Betty's Bay, Overberg / Whale Coast. A Provencal style home, with great ambience and attention to detail. Set against the Kogelberg, with a swimming pool and towering mountain in the

Crayfish Lodge Sea & Country Guest House
Sleeps 4 in 2 units
From R 1600
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Crayfish Lodge Sea & Country Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Gansbaai

Overberg / Whale Coast

Crayfish Lodge Sea & Country Guest House offers bed and breakfast accommodation in De Kelders, Gansbaai in the Overberg and Whale Coast in the Western Cape. Crayfish Lodge is a TGCSA graded 5 Star and AA Quality Assured Superior Guest House. Newly built,

Eastbury Cottage
Graded:
Sleeps 12 in 4 units
From R 450
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Eastbury Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Hermanus

Overberg / Whale Coast

Eastbury Cottage offers self catering accommodation in Hermanus, on the Overberg / Whale Coast, Western Cape. Eastbury Cottage is situated in the quiet, leafy suburb of Hermanus called Eastcliff where one awakens in the morning to the singing of birds or

Lavender Beach
Sleeps 22 in 3 units
From R 1500
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Lavender Beach

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Vermont

Overberg / Whale Coast

Lavender Beach provides self catering cottage and flatlet accommodation in Vermont in the Greater Hermanus area in the Overberg / Whale Coast region. Situated on the sea front in Vermont, 10 minutes walk to Onrus Beach, 200 meters from the tidal pool. Thi

Lavender Cottages & Libertas House
Guest Rating: 9
Sleeps 18 in 4 units
From R 995
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Lavender Cottages & Libertas House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Grabouw

Overberg / Whale Coast

Experience self catering heaven in the heart of the Elgin Valley near Grabouw in the Overberg / Whale Coast region. We offer 3 cottages and a farmhouse, all on a self catering basis, set amongst orchards, offering spectacular views of the Elgin Valley, re

Lovell's Guesthouse
From R 360
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Lovell's Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Riviersonderend

Overberg / Whale Coast

Lovell's Guesthouse offers both bed and breakfast accommodation and self catering accommodation in Riviersonderend in the Western Cape's Overberg and Whale Coast region. We offer relaxing peaceful accommodation in 4 en-suite units tucked away in a seclude

On The Cliff Guest House
Graded:
Sleeps 50 in 7 units
From R 3200
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 3 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

On The Cliff Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hermanus

Overberg / Whale Coast

On The Cliff Guest House offers accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in Hermanus Central on the Overberg / Whale Coast, Western Cape. Situated on the famous cliff paths of Hermanus and is also walking distance to the old harbour in the town's centre

South Point Self Catering
Graded:
Sleeps 16 in 6 units
From R 1200
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

South Point Self Catering

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Agulhas

Overberg / Whale Coast

South Point offers self catering apartment accommodation in L'Agulhas, in the Overberg / Whale Coast region of the Western Cape. South Point is a small, personal, 3 star graded, highly recommended group of 6 apartments, (sleeping options from 2 to 5 peopl

Spatalla
Sleeps 8 in 1 unit
From R 4250
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 8 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Spatalla

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Kleinmond

Overberg / Whale Coast

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...

The Potting Shed Guest House
Graded:
Sleeps 8 in 4 units
From R 1300
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

The Potting Shed Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hermanus

Overberg / Whale Coast

The Potting Shed offers bed and breakfast accommodation in Hermanus Central on the Overberg / Whale Coast, Western Cape. Annamarie and David welcome you to our bed and breakfast accommodation. Enjoy personal service at this owner-run establishment in the

Tides River Lodge
Sleeps 30 in 5 units
From R 750
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 6 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Tides River Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Malgas

Overberg / Whale Coast

Tides River Lodge (sleeps up to 27) offers multiple self catering accommodation options in Malgas, on the banks of the Breede River in the Overberg and Whale Coast region in the Western Cape. A short two and a half hour trip from Cape Town and only half

von Abercron Residence
Sleeps 10 in 4 units
From R 1550
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

von Abercron Residence

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Hermanus

Overberg / Whale Coast

Von Abercron Residence offers both self catering accommodation and bed and breakfast accommodation in Hermanus on the Overberg / Whale Coast. We offer two beautifully decorated and comfortable apartments each with a fully equipped kitchen (also available

Bayview 303
Graded:
From R 3861
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Bayview 303

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Hermanus

Overberg / Whale Coast

Bayview 303 offers luxury self catering apartment accommodation in Hermanus Central in the Overberg / Whale Coast region, Western Cape. Our seafront apartment is centrally situated between the swimming beaches and the Hermanus town centre. This is a spaci

Sandbaai Country House
Sleeps 50 in 10 units
From R 400
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 4 max (2 adults)
* Rates may vary according to season

Sandbaai Country House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Sandbaai

Overberg / Whale Coast

Sandbaai Country House offers quality accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in Sandbaai, in the Hermanus area in the Overberg / Whale Coast region. Expect the very best at this residence, from luxury bedrooms to quality service and fine cuisine. Each

5 Atlantic Drive
Sleeps 10 in 1 unit
From R 3500
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

5 Atlantic Drive

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Onrus

Overberg / Whale Coast

5 Atlantic Drive provides spacious self catering accommodation in Onrus, in the Overberg / Whale Coast region of the Western Cape. This stunning, self catering, seafront house is located in Onrus River, with spectacular ocean and mountain views. Minutes w

Pacem
Sleeps 4 in 1 unit
From R 1000
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Pacem

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Hermanus

Overberg / Whale Coast

Pacem offers visitors self catering accommodation in Hermanus on the Overberg / Whale Coast, Western Cape. Located in the Hermanus suburb of Voelklip it has a magnificent view on the mountain as well as sea views. Pacem is situated in a quiet area of this

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