Overberg Cities & Towns, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Betty’s Bay, Bot River, Bredasdorp,
Gansbaai, Genadendal, Grabouw, Greyton,
Hawston, Hermanus, Hermanus District, Hermanus Suburbs, Houw Hoek,
Pearly Beach, Pringle Bay,
Riviersonderend, Rooi Els,
Stanford, Struis Bay, Swellendam,
About Overberg, Western Cape Province, South Africa
- Do not miss historic Elim, the charming village of Stanford, the beautiful beaches and fisherman’s cottages of Arniston and the many exquisite award winning boutique wine estates of the area.
- The Cape Overberg – also known as the Whale Coast – occupies the southernmost region of South Africa, with the Cape Winelands to the north and the Cape Garden Route and Klein Karoo to the east. “Overberg” literally means “over the mountain”, from where the road descends into the main apple-growing regions of Elgin and Grabouw. Many visitors (wrongly) assume that the southernmost point on the African continent lies at the tip of Cape Point near Cape Town. This privilege has been rightfully claimed by Cape Agulhas, which also marks the meeting place of two mighty oceans, the cold Atlantic and warm Indian.
- The Cape Overberg earned its Whale Coast moniker for its unsurpassed whale watching, which attracts thousands of visitors between July and November each year. This is the time of year when the gentle giants of the ocean, southern right whales, migrate along the coast from the cold South Atlantic Ocean to the warmer waters off the Western Cape. View these majestic creatures in close proximity as they frolic in the bay of the quaint seaside town of Hermanus, where there’s also a small museum dedicated to the oceanic giants.