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Overberg Accommodation

Overberg
South Africa
34° 27' 44.676" S
19° 20' 43.9836" E
Western Cape
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Just over the mountains from Cape Town, the Overberg offers a wide variety of experiences. The area is filled with fynbos, beautiful beaches, rolling wheat fields and farmlands, and its waters are the breeding ground for the southern right whale. Betty's Bay consists of many holiday homes, mostly set in the surrounding fynbos. The Harold Porter Botanical Gardens comprises five hectares of cultivated fynbos and 195 hectares of pristine natural fynbos. The garden has a restaurant and an indigenous plant nursery. The sea at Hermanus is the nursery of the southern right whale, and between June and November each year courting, mating and calving whales can be viewed from the rocky cliffs. A whale-crier walks the streets, giving information about viewing sites. The old harbour served the fishing industry for over a century. Fernkloof Nature Reserve, consisting of 25km of hillside fynbos, contains many walking trails. Stanford is a village well-known for its rich history, fynbos farming and a wealth of artists and crafts people.

The town of Caledon, the capital of the Overberg, is well known for its spring Wild Flower Show and its hot mineral springs. Genadendal is home to the first Moravian mission station (1737) in South Africa. Further inland, Greyton is a beautiful village at the foot of the mountains. Bredasdorp is set in an important agricultural area. The Agricultural Museum displays farming equipment from previous generations and the Shipwreck Museum features items salvaged from various ships wrecked off the south coast. The town of Elim, established in 1824 by German missionaries, has South Africa's oldest watermill. The restored mill dates back to 1828.The Moravian Church's clock dates from 1764. The attractive fishing village of Arniston has whitewashed fishermen's cottages, turquoise seas and endless white sand-dunes. Waenhuiskrans is a large cave along the coast, which can be visited at low tide.

Cape Agulhas, 230km from Cape Town, is the southernmost point of the African continent. It is the geographic southern tip of Africa and the official dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian oceans. The De Hoop Nature Reserve has five hiking trails, ranging from easy to challenging, the most difficult of which follows the coastline.

Cape Agulhas (from Portuguese: Cabo das Agulhas "Cape of Needles") is a rocky headland in the Overberg. It is the geographic southern tip of Africa and the official dividing point...

Arniston is a small seaside settlement in the Overberg region on the Cape South coast, close to Cape Agulhas, the southern-most tip of Africa. Prior to the loss of the Arniston, it was...

Gansbaai at De Kelders has one of the oldest associations with man in the world. At the time when Neanderthal man was still the dominant species of genus Homo in Europe, a group of...

Lying at the foot of the Riviersonderend Mountain range, an old wagon route - the old Cape Highway, Greyton was established in 1854 by Herbert Vigne and takes its name from the Governor...

Hermanus (originally called Hermanuspietersfontein) is famous as a place from which to watch whales during the southern winter and spring and is a popular retirement town. The whales can...

Swellendam is the third oldest town in the Republic of South Africa. The town has over 50 National monuments most of them buildings of Cape Dutch architecture. Early travellers and...