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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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Cactus Lodge

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

Cactus Lodge provides self-catering accommodation for up to 12 people. It is ideal for a romantic getaway, a relaxing family holiday, a group of friends wishing to reconnect or for corporate motivational groups.

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Sleeps: 14 in 3 units/rooms
From R 995,00
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Lavender Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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

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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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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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Sleeps: 12 in 4 units/rooms
From R 350,00
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Eastbury Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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...

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Sleeps: 22 in 3 units/rooms
From R 1 500,00
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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: 13
From R 7 000,00
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Protea House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Hermanus

This charming home is perfectly situated a short 3 min walk from town and 50m from the cliff path. Whether you're in search of a family holiday, reunion, small personal wedding, conference or a business team building location, Protea House is a firm favou

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From R 950,00
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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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Tshayile

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

Situated a few minutes' walk from a beautiful beach with several rock pools, which are perfect for children, Tshayile is simply ideal for a family holiday. Slleeps six, one bedroom has a queen size bed, the other two have two single beds...

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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: 2
From R 950,00
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Nantucket

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hermanus

Experience champagne air, sweeping panoramic ocean and mountain views, majestic meandering mountain walks and the best land based whale watching destination in the world. The Nantucket is nestled high against the slope of the Olifantsberg mountain...

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Pearly Beach Holiday House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pearly Beach

Pearly Beach is a small coastal town approximately 20km from Gansbaai and about 2.5 hours' drive from Cape Town. The beaches of Pearly Beach are legendary with white Sandy beaches extending for miles where one can take long, lazy uninterrupted...

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From R 340,00
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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: 7
From R 1 550,00
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Zoetendals Vallei Jubilee Hill

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet 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...

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Sleeps: 10
From R 2 800,00
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Merlon

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

Merlon offers self catering accommodation for 10 people, in 5 bedrooms and three bathrooms. Bedrooms 1 and 5 have King Sized beds, bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 single beds. The beds in bedrooms 2 and 3 can be converted to King sized if required...

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Sleeps: 2
From R 375,00
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Eastcliff Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Hermanus

Eastcliff Cottage is part of an original Hermanus home, built in 1940, with beautiful Oregon floors and ceiling. Sleeping 2 people, is situated in the heart of Eastcliff, and is within very easy walking distance of the village centre and seafront.

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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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Olive Tree Country House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Hermanus Area

Situated approximately 120 km from Cape Town, in the heart of the whale route, the seaside town of Hermanus in Walker Bay offers the best land based whale watching in the world.

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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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Sleeps: 4
From R 900,00
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Pacem

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation 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

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