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Overberg

The beautiful collection of contrasting towns making up the Overberg region is found literally “over the mountain” from Cape Town. Surrounded by mountains and sea, here you will find rolling fields of wheat and canola, majestic mountains, endless ocean vistas, and so much to explore.

The Overberg lies along the Western Cape’s south coast with the Hottentots-Holland and Riviersonderend mountains forming the western and northern boundaries. The eastern boundary is the Breede River where the Overberg segues seamlessly into the picturesque Garden Route.

  • The Cape Agulhas Lighthouse stands at the official meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic oceans - climb the 71 narrow steps to view the 'Cape of Storms' from the top of the tower
  • Watersports enthusiasts will find plenty to do in Hermanus around Walker Bay, such as exploring the bay on kayaks departing from the Old Harbour
  • Greyton hosts the famed Farmers' Market every Saturday morning and has the Market Square buzzing with activity and the freshest produce available

Forego the scenic mountain route from Cape Town to the Overberg over Sir Lowry's Pass and take a right through Gordon's Bay before the pass. This leads you to Clarens Drive (known locally as the R44) and the spectacular coastal route along False Bay, billed as one of the most beautiful coastal routes in the entire world. The sheer cliffs rising above the road create an incredible visual of a wall of rock rising above you contrasting with the ocean on the other side. Clarens Drive passes through the floral diversity of the Kogelberg Biosphere reserve.

The major towns of the Overberg are Hermanus, Caledon, Bredasdorp, Grabouw, and Swellendam, but the charming towns of Greyton, Pringle Bay, and Gansbaai are worth exploring as well. The drive down to the De Hoop Nature Reserve results in rewards in the form of superb wildlife, amazing views, towering white sand dunes, and some of the best land-based whale watching.

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5 Bedroom

10 Guests

Pretty Belinda

Hermanus, Overberg, South Africa, Western Cape

This sprawling five-bedroom Hermanus villa is furnished like a five-star hotel but designed for family living. Located in a secure golf estate, within the whale watching capital of South Africa, and surrounded by some of the best wine terroirs in Africa. A mere two hour drive from Cape Town, this is both alternative or add-on to a city sojourn.

4 Bedroom

10 Guests

Langbaai Thatch House

Hermanus, Overberg, South Africa, Western Cape

At the epicentre of Hermanus’ best beaches, Langbaai Thatch is a comfortable and well-equipped villa, a stone’s throw from the little-known coastal gem that is Langbaai Beach. A secluded sandy cove located between two rocky promontories, Langbaai is both pretty and protected, with a safe break that is great for swimming, then soaking up the sun.

4 Bedroom

10 Guests

Cape Chestnut

Hermanus, Overberg, South Africa, Western Cape

Designer Villa with superb art collection and spectacular elevated views stretching across the city to the ocean and far beyond.

  • 4 Bedroom

    Beach Villa

    Overberg, Pringle Bay, South Africa, Western Cape