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The Overberg, meaning ‘over the mountain’, is the most southerly region of Africa. It commences at Sir Lowry’s Pass and encompassed by Gansbaai and Arniston in the south, the Breede River in the east and extends north to Caledon and Swellendam with the central capital of Bredasdorp. The landscape is dominated by rolling wheat fields backed by the outline of rugged Cape fold mountains. Given its beauty, diversity of landscape, array of attractions and location between Cape Town and the Garden Route, this currently under-discovered region is poised to attract significant numbers of visitors in the future.

The coast, during the whale season (June to November), offers some of the best land based whale watching in the world. Visit Hermanus, with its own ‘whale crier’ and September whale festival or take a stunning Cliff Walk and watch the Southern Rights and Humpbacks at play. At all times of year, however, the wide expanses of beaches and sand dunes, edged with ancient caves, provide wonderful walking and hiking opportunities with added interest.

There are many protected areas in the region to explore, including the stunning De Hoop Nature Reserve, committed to the conservation of low land fynbos and marine resources, and Bontebok National Park, dedicated to protecting the Bontebok that once roamed in the Cape in large herds. Cape Agulhas National Park, the point where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, protects the second largest marshland in Southern Africa, and is home to thousands of birds. The Park can even be explored by ecologically sensitive quad bikes, accompanied by guides.

Other adventurous activities include sand skiing, kite surfing, paragliding and coastal kayaking. For a less adrenaline fuelled option, take a cruise on the Stanford River or explore the region on horse back. Visitors can also sample vintages from the many local Wine Estates and visit historic towns such as Swellendam, also home to a special Faerie Sanctuary!

Weather Chart

Averages J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg max daily temp (°C) 25 26 24 22 20 19 19 19 19 20 23 24
Avg min daily temp (°C) 16 16 14 12 9 8 7 8 9 11 13 15
Precipitation (mm) 14 16 19 40 70 92 81 76 39 29 13 16

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