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/Villiersdorp :: De Hoop Nature Reserve :: De Kelders :: De Kelders/Gansbaai :: Gansbaai :: Hermanus :: Kleinmond :: Pringle Bay :: Swellendam ::

Bot River/Villiersdorp

Porcupine Hills Guest Farm

Porcupine Hills Guest Farm

Bot River/Villiersdorp

R350 - R700 pp sharing.

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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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Selkirk House

Selkirk House

Hermanus

Low Season: 1st May – 31st August R865 – R950 pp sharing & R1,230 - R1,350 for singles. High Season: 1st September – 30th April R1,230 - R1,350 pp sharing & R1,590 - R1,750 for singles.

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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

Moonstruck on Pringle Bay

Moonstruck on Pringle Bay

Pringle Bay

R2,100 to R2,800 per room.

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Swellendam

Augusta de Mist

Augusta de Mist

Swellendam

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

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Eenuurkop Guest Farm

Eenuurkop Guest Farm

Swellendam

Misty Point and De Wet se Huisie: R400 - R450 pppn sharing. Eenuurkop Family Cottage: R1,200 for the cottage.

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