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The Overberg - a short drive over the mountain.

Overberg Landscape
Overberg Landscape
Within driving distance of one of South Africa's busiest cities, lies a region of contrasts and wonder. The Overberg has rugged mountain ranges, fynbos, rolling wheat and canola fields, and splendid coastal vistas. It is for you to reflect, discover and maybe even have the adventure of a lifetime.

Driving southeast on the N2 from Cape Town, visitors will climb the Hottentots Holland Mountains via Sir Lowry’s Pass just after Somerset West. Fortunately, modern travellers have the luxury of a well-built highway, not like the early settlers who struggled over the mountain with ox and wagon.

Once on the other side of the mountain, the traveller will find a myriad of roads into the Overberg where the land, mountains, sea and people tell their own story. The Overberg is a region that stretches along coasts with beautiful beaches, and over mountain ranges with interesting geological formations, abundant birdlife and fynbos. The roads will take you on a journey through valleys with picturesque vineyards, orchards and beautiful landscapes of green, gold and brown. 

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Caledon - Town of the hot springs

ImageLegend has it that the earth shares its healing power with mankind by letting hot water bubble up through earth’s crust. Hot springs still give relief to many ailments today.

Thousands of years ago, the hot spring in the Overberg was used by the indigenous people living in the area. When the Dutch explorers first discovered the Overberg in 1694, they found the hot spring and its healing waters. The establishment of the town of Caledon was directly connected with the hot spring which gave much relief and healing to travellers over the following three centuries. The earliest European farmer living at the hot spring, and caring for guests was Ferdinandes Appel.

 

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Witsand Stories

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Barry's Church
Here are a collection of interesting stories by Jan Langenhoven, a local historian from Witsand (also known as Whitesands). Anybody with stories or photographs on the history or people of Whitesands and Port Beaufort, can contact Jan by e-mail This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or write to Box 71, Whitesands 6666. His Afrikaans book titled Gooi Los! with many more stories on Witsand's fishermen has been published in 2012.

 

 

 

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Events Calendar
photo of pen and calendarKeep ahead of the times with the Overberg Calendar. Submit your upcoming event for free by emailing This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it   with the details of your event.
 
Get your Business Listed

photo puzzel earthBe part of the largest On-line Business Directory for the Overberg.  

We need you.

lf you are in the Overberg and doing business, we need you to list your business on this website.

Overberg.co.za is establishing itself as the number 1 business directory for the Overberg. 

We have populated our directory with the contact details of almost all businesses in the Overberg and already have more than 2000 businesses and establishments listed under various categories for the following towns:

Arniston (Waenhuiskrans), Barrydale, Betty's Bay, Botriver, Bredasdorp, Caledon, Elim, Gansbaai, Genadendal, Grabouw/Elgin, Greyton, Hermanus, Kleinmond, L'Agulhas, Napier, Pearly Beach, Pringle Bay, Riviersonderend, Rooiels, Stanford, Struisbaai, Swellendam, Villiersdorp, Witsand.

 

We now offer you the chance to make sure your business is listed, and if it's listed already, to confirm that your details are correct.

This service is offered FREE OF CHARGE!

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Overberg Fynbos Route

ImageThe fynbos riches of the Overberg are world renowned and botanists and visitors have admired and studied them since the seventeenth century. Fynbos is the collective noun for plants in the winter rainfall area of the Western Cape. It includes among others, the protea and erica families and a large number of other flowers and plants. They are especially well adapted to the strong winds, wet winters, dry summers and soil types of the region. One of the plants with a useful component is the restio family of reeds used for thatched roofs. 

A group of land owners in the southern Overberg formed the Fynbos Eco-Tourism Forum in 1996, with the aim of publicising the Fynbos Route. Regular outings and workshops are organised where participants may learn more of fynbos. Development and marketing of eco-tourism are promoted as well as nature conservation and greater co-operation.

Many of the farms that belong to the forum offer hospitality to tourists. The route also includes some nature reserves as far as the Agulhas plains.

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The epitomy of luxury living!

photo fernkloofIf golf is your passion and a luxurious standard of living an essential, then Marius Kleinhans of  Fernkloof Estate Hermanus Property Sales CC invites you to view their portfolio of plots available in the exclusive Fernkloof Estate.
Six unique villages adjacent to the lush fairways of the recently extended 27 hole Hermanus Golf Course are situated within the boundaries of the prestigious Fernkloof Estate. A limited number of residential erven in these villages, also known as precincts, are available to discerning investors.

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Health tips for travellers
Medical Care in South AfricaNothing can spoil a holiday more than feeling off-colour, and nothing can dull the pleasure of your holiday memories more than getting ill far from home. There are a number of health issues that you should be aware of, particularly if you're from the northern hemisphere.

However, while there are risks anywhere, South Africa has a relatively salubrious climate and our levels of water treatment, hygiene and such make it a pretty safe destination.

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