Overberg

The Overberg is all about the meeting of land and ocean. Agulhas is the southernmost tip of Africa (not Cape Point as is often assumed) and here, where the Indian and Atlantic oceans collide, the sea smashes over rocky and rugged headlands, and washes up on wide, arcing white-sand beaches.

For those visiting between July and December (although August to October is prime time) there's the chance to see migrating southern right whales which, very sportingly, come right into food-rich shallows to calve, making them easily spottable from land. In fact the whole area is wealthy in wildlife, its fynbos-coated slopes home to many birds... so come armed with walking boots and binoculars.

Inland it's traditional Afrikaans farming country, the rolling fields of crops and pastures running between the sea and the Langeberg Mountains. Swellendam is at the centre of all this, a pretty little town founded by the Dutch East India company in 1747 as the administrative base for the Breede River Valley. Definitely make a stop here on your way to the Garden Route and don't - my mum and dad advise me - miss the Old Gaol Caf� and its milk tart.

Driving tip
If you're doing a day trip from Cape Town to the Hermanus area and whale-watching hotspots, take the N2 for a quick journey out there (Sir Lowry's Pass has great views too), but return on the R44 Clarence Drive coast road via Kleinmond and Betty's Bay. This takes longer but is a beautiful drive and, doing it on the return journey, you'll be driving on the sea side of the road, so the views are better.

Overberg Accommodation

Listed by town/area where applicable (click to auto-scroll):
Bot River :: Bot River/Villiersdorp :: Caledon :: De Hoop Nature Reserve :: De Kelders :: De Kelders/Gansbaai :: Gansbaai :: Hermanus :: Kleinmond :: Pringle Bay :: Stanford :: Swellendam ::

Sea Star Cliff

De Kelders/Gansbaai

Not content with just one luxury guest-house in Gansbaai, Ardi now has two and I don't envy you the task of choosing between them! Sea Star Cliff showcases Ardi's characteristic modern style to a tee, with all rooms featuring the gadgets, designer features and meticulous attention to detail we've now come to expect from our German, private detective friend: Nespresso machines, Jacuzzis, Read more…

Rooms: 6: 2 queens w/ en-suite shower, 2 kings w/ en-suite bath and shower; 1 king w/ en-suite jacuzzi spa bath and shower; 1 extra-length king Penthouse Suite (120 sq metres), en-s dble shower, jacuzzi spa bath & living area.

Prices: R900 - R1,800 pp sharing, bed and breakfast.

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Bot River

Barton Villas

Barton Villas

Bot River

15th Dec - 15th Jan R4,500 per villa per night; Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, March, April R3,250; May, Sept & Oct R2,750; June, July & Aug R2,200.

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Beaumont Wine Estate

Beaumont Wine Estate

Bot River

High Season: Sept – April R1,200 for 2 people for the cottage/ night. R 400 for each extra person. Low season: May - August R900 for 2 people for the cottage/night. Sleeping options for children. Accommodation rates subject to annual price adjustment.

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Bot River/Villiersdorp

Porcupine Hills Guest Farm

Porcupine Hills Guest Farm

Bot River/Villiersdorp

R350 - R700 pp sharing.

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Caledon

Rouxwil Country House

Rouxwil Country House

Caledon

R795 – R895 pp sharing. Free farm tour for those staying 2 nights or more.

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De Hoop Nature Reserve

De Hoop Collection

De Hoop Collection

De Hoop Nature Reserve

There are different accommodation types which range from R455 - R1,750 pp sharing for self-catered, R1,050 - R2,250 pp sharing for DB&B. There's a minimum charge on certain cottages.

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De Kelders

Sea Star Lodge

Sea Star Lodge

De Kelders

R900 – R1,400 pp sharing. Singles +50%.

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Whalesong Lodge

Whalesong Lodge

De Kelders

R850 - R1,600 pp sharing. See website for specials.

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De Kelders/Gansbaai

Sea Star Cliff

Sea Star Cliff

De Kelders/Gansbaai

R900 - R1,800 pp sharing, bed and breakfast.

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Gansbaai

Klein Paradijs Country House

Klein Paradijs Country House

Gansbaai

R500 - R1,250 pp sharing. Special prices for longer stays.

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Hermanus

Hartford Cottage

Hartford Cottage

Hermanus

2 people sharing whole cottage: R1,400 plus R200 an extra head (May - Aug inclusive); R1,800 plus R250 a head per extra person (Sept - April inc’). Min 2-night stay. Children under 12 free.

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Schulphoek Seafront Guesthouse

Schulphoek Seafront Guesthouse

Hermanus

R850 – R2,500 pppn, including breakfast. Single supplement +60%. Self-catering cottage R2,300 - R5,600 pn. Visit the website for specials.

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The Thatch House

The Thatch House

Hermanus

Can be booked as a whole villa (sleeps 20), or by suite (sleeping 2 - 4). From R900 pp sharing.

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Kleinmond

96 Beach Road

96 Beach Road

Kleinmond

R500 per person per day if 2 people staying; R250 per day for each additional person staying. Maximum 4 people. Children 12+ welcome.

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Pringle Bay

The Barnacle

The Barnacle

Pringle Bay

Mongoose R1,200 per night + R250 per extra person. Milkwood R980 per night. 50% deposit to confirm reservation. Balance 6 weeks prior to departure.

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Moonstruck on Pringle Bay

Moonstruck on Pringle Bay

Pringle Bay

R1,850 - R2,250 per room.

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Stanford

Hermanuspietersfontein Cottages

Hermanuspietersfontein Cottages

Stanford

R150 - R350 pp sharing. Self-catering.

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Swellendam

Augusta de Mist

Augusta de Mist

Swellendam

R700 – R1,200 pp sharing. Singles on request.

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