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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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Bayview 303

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Hermanus

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

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Dovecote Cottage

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Hermanus

Dovecote Cottage offers self catering flatlet accommodation in Hermanus Central on the Overberg / Whale Coast, Western Cape. Dovecote Cottage is owned by Pam and Bruce Toms who live adjacent and are readily available to offer assistance or advice on "anyt

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Lagoon View

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Stanford

Lagoon View offers self catering accommodation in Hermanus in the Wetsern Cape's Overberg and Whale Coast region. Looking for a quiet self catering getaway with fantastic views. This large stylish home (sleeps 7) overlooks the Hermanus Lagoon and is ideal

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Skipskop

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pearly Beach

Skipskop offers beachfront self catering accommodation in Pearly Beach near Gansbaai in the Western Cape's Overberg / Whale Coast region. This brand new self catering beach house accommodates: (Sleeps up to 8 people in 4 bedrooms). Two bedrooms are furnis

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Sleeps: 8
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Chalet 10 - Meerensee

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Fisher Haven

Chalet 10, Meerensee is a self catering chalet in Fisherhaven, Hermanus area on the Overberg / Whale Coast. Our self catering holiday home is about an hour's drive away from Cape Town International Airport and 6km outside Hermanus on the R43. It is situat

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Sleeps: 30 in 5 units/rooms
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Tides River Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Malgas

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

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The Potting Shed Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hermanus

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

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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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South Point Self Catering

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Agulhas

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

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Sleeps: 18 in 4 units/rooms
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Lavender Cottages & Libertas House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Grabouw

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

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Sleeps: 10
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5 Atlantic Drive

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Onrus

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

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Arniston Seaside Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Arniston

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

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Sleeps: 4
From R 900,00
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Fig Tree Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Hermanus

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

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Sleeps: 50 in 10 units/rooms
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Sandbaai Country House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Sandbaai

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

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Whale Watch Accommodation

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Gansbaai

Whale Watch Accommodation is situated in De Kelders, Gansbaai, and offers quality accommodation for a family or group of friends on holiday. The house is ideal to accommodate 4 guests, however, a total of 6 guests can be accommodated at a time. The main b

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Sleeps: 10 in 4 units/rooms
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von Abercron Residence

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Hermanus

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

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Sleeps: 22 in 9 units/rooms
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Aire Del Mar Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Gansbaai

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

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Protea House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Hermanus

Protea House offers self catering accommodation in Hermanus in the Overberg / Whale Coast region, Western Cape. This charming, beautifully appointed self catering home is perfectly situated a short 3 min walk from town and 50m from the cliff path which me

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Whale Cove A104

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Gansbaai

Whale Cove A104 offers self catering apartment accommodation on the beachfront at De Kelders, Gansbaai in the Overberg and Whale Coast region in the Western Cape. Whale Cove A104 (sleeps 6) is a four-star rated, three bedroom, two bathroom luxury apartme

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Sleeps: 10
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Merlon

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Betty's Bay

Merlon provides self catering accommodation in Betty's Bay, Overberg / Whale Coast. Situated close to Stony Point, and within half a kilometre of Silversands Beach. Merlon offers self catering accommodation for 10 people, in 5 bedrooms and three bathrooms

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