Overberg Region

Overberg

Weather in Overberg

Summer (November – March) Temperatures rise to 36C falling overnight to 15C. Rain is unlikely at this time. The coast can be breezy.

Autumn (April/May)  Temperatures can rise to high 20C falling overnight to around 10C. The risk of rain is higher at this time.

Winter  (June – August) Temperatures average around 15C and can fall to 0C overnight.This can be a season of beautiful days and cold, crisp nights. Rain is more likely and the region is prone to storms at this time. Snow is very rare but can fall on the mountains in July and August.

Spring (September/October) Temperatures can rise to high 20C falling overnight to around 10C. The weather is starting to become drier.

This is the southern most tip of South Africa and the African continent and boasts some very luxurious hotels and more affordable bed & breakfast country houses where you will find typical South African hospitality. The countryside has a strong farming tradition which is now being extended into the development of some finest South African vineyards such as Hamilton Russell. Hermanus is a busy town in season and is situated on Walker Bay which is home to breeding Whales between June and December.The coastal scenery is striking with sweeping beaches and the unusual, Protea based, vegetation. Cape Agulhas is the furthest south you can travel in Africa. The coastline is known for it shipwrecks and there is a museum dedicated to the plight of seafarers in the sleepy little town of Bredasdorp.

Swellendam was the third town to be established in South Africa. The town centre boasts a fine collection of original Cape Dutch thatched buildings furnished with many period antiques and complete with the enticing aroma of beeswax polish. Nearby is the Bontebok National Park home to one of the rarest antelopes which is natural to the region. You will also see giant Tortoises.

Places to Visit in The Overberg

  • Scenery The ‘End of Africa’, Cape Agulhas,  is not as dramatic as Cape Point but it is where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. this is an area of farmland and dramatic mountains and is great for hiking.
  • Whales Hermanus has the best land based whale viewing in the world.
  • Nature Reserves  The Bontebok National Park, De Hoop, Harold Porter Botanical Gardens and the Langeberg provide typical South African Fynbos flora & fauna.
  • Wineries Hamilton Russell near Hermanus and Graham Beck near Robertson are just two of the excellent wineries in this area.
  • Towns  Swellendam, Hermanus,  & Bredasdorp and the pretty fishing village of Arniston are all worth visiting.
  • Hot Springs  Caledon & Montague boast excellent, therapeutic hot water spas.
  • Golf  There are some first class golf courses in the area and the course at the Arrabella Hotel and Resort (near Hermanus) is recognised as world class.
  • Birding  This is a great place to see a wide variety of birdlife

This is a non-malarial region

Accommodation in Overberg

This is the southern most tip of South Africa and the African continent and boasts some very luxurious hotels and more affordable bed & breakfast country houses where you will find typical South African hospitality. There are some interesting places to stay on Nature Reserves boasting a wide variety of fynbos including proteas. The area also has some great guest lodges on  farms where you will enjoy true farm to table fresh food.

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Arniston Hotel

Arniston Hotel is a comfortable choice for clients on a budget as it is close to the ocean in one of the most remote and fascinating coastal  nature reserves in South Africa

Arniston Hotel is fairly large  with 60 suites and rooms. Most overlook the bay and some are pool facing. The rooms are fairly large and many have balconies.  From here you can enjoy a restful sundowner overlooking the bay and the fabulous sunsets. The hotel has a well equipped spa and wellness centre as well as a restaurant and lively bar. The food is good rather than exceptional but the fish is locally caught and very fresh.

About Arniston Hotel’s Location

The much photographed thatched and whitewashed fishermens cottages in an area called Kassiesbaai are adjacent to the hotel. This area, dating back 200 years,  has been declared a national monument and photographers are welcome. The huge sea cave of Waenhuiskrans (Ox Wagon Cave) is an interesting walk away and can be reached easily at low tide.  Arniston is named after the wreck of the British naval ship of the same name that foundered in 1815 with the loss of 200 lives. The whole of this coastline around to nearby Cape Agulhas (the southernmost point in Africa) is littered with wrecks of ships that missed their way – indeed as recently as 1970!  The De Hoop Nature Reserve is a day’s journey and a fascinating coastal reserve. The southernmost point on the African continent is just a 40 minute drive. Cape Agulhas is an interesting location with a lighthouse dating back to 1849. The architecture is fashioned in the style of the ancient Pharos of Alexandria and there is a restaurant and museum.


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Lavender Manor

Lavender Manor, Hermanus

A perfect location with beautiful rooms close to a beach

Lavender Manor is a small lodge with 9 rooms with a choice of mountain facing or sea facing aspects. It is close to the centre of Hermanus and the beach is just across the road. Each of the rooms is beautifully appointed and are very spacious. Decor is a blend between the traditional and modern but no expense has been spared in creating a truly captivating experience in this recently opened property. The bathrooms vary from large to huge and one of the bedrooms has superb views over the bay with the scope to be able to see whales in season. You will be guaranteed a personal touch and a very comfortable stay.

About the Location

Hermanus is a good location for seeing whales in the season which lasts from June to December. The area has some of the best land based whale watching anywhere in the world and you are also able to take a guided boat trip in order to see these wonderful mammals close up. The centre of Hermanus is a 5 minute drive and here you will find numerous great restaurants.  The Hemel-en-Aarde wineries are a 20 minute drive away and is home to Hamilton Russell which is often  as one of the top wineries in South Africa.


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Agulhas Country Lodge, Cape Agulhas

Agulhas Country Lodge has one of the most romantic locations at the southern tip of Africa

Agulhas Country Lodge is positioned at the most southerly tip of Africa. The lodge is a beautiful limestone building furnished with antiques and South African art. The building has the air of a remote Scottish castle with original wood fittings rescued from historic properties in The Cape. Sit by a blazing log fire in the winter and read about some of the fascinating shipwrecks that have occurred (and are still occurring) along this notorious stretch of coastline. There are eight, large and sunny rooms and all have balconies and great sea views. Some rooms also have a Jacuzzi. As well as a sumptuous South African breakfast, dinner is included which always promises to be an experience.

About Agulhas Country Lodge’s Location

This is a great area for whale watching in season (June to December). An eco Quad Biking tour of the coastline and nearby nature reserve is an experience to remember in this interesting but often forgotten corner of South Africa. Visit the fascinating lighthouse which was modeled on the ancient Pharos of Alexandria. This is the third oldest lighthouse in South Africa and dates back to 1849. The lighthouse has a restaurant, museum and curio shop. Nearby Struisbaai has wide sandy beaches and old whitewashed fishermen’s cottages. More of these national heritage buildings can be found in Arniston and Waenhuiskrans which are a short drive away. Further inland are some more interestingly rural towns that have been ‘discovered’ by South African artists and entertainers. As this  is just a 2 1/2 hour drive from Cape Town, the area is also being discovered by tourists. There is even a local wine route which are the southernmost wineries in Africa. There is also a 9 hole golf course in Bredasdorp which is the southernmost golf course in Africa.

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Auberge Burgundy, Hermanus

Auberge Burgundy occupies a great location in the centre of this bustling and trendy seaside town

Auberge Burgundy is four star accommodation at its best set in the centre of Hermanus. The style of the hotel is just as the name suggests with echoes of laid back rural France. The 14 rooms and 5 suites are spacious and very comfortably appointed with soothing light tones to the decor.  There is a roof top pool for relaxing when you just want to chill out rather than walk the short distance down to the beach. The poolside is a good option for those clients who enjoy easy pool access. The restaurant opposite used to be a part of the hotel and guests still eat breakfast here and can book for an excellent evening meal.

About Auberge Burgundy’s Location

The bustling town centre is close and sports a number of individual boutiques. Walker Bay is an excellent location to see Southern Right Whales between June and November.  Humpback Whales can normally be viewed from August to December. Their presence is greeted by the colourful, and noisy, Hermanus Whale Crier. He pounds the streets of the town to inform the residents of the most recent orcadian residents in the bay! This location has a lot to offer even outside the whale season. There is shark cage diving close by in Gansbaai and Sea Kayaking can be arranged locally. For the super fit, Sandboarding on the dunes at Betty’s Bay (30 minute drive) can be fun! For those who enjoy more passive pursuits, a trip to the local wine route of Hemel-en-Aarde will be rewarding. Two of South Africa’s top wineries, Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson are located in this charming valley just 15 minutes from Hermanus. Township tours, Paragliding, Deep Sea Fishing and Horse Riding are among the many activities available.


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Jan Harmsgat Country House

Jan Harmsgat Country House, Swellendam

Jan  Harmsgat combines out of the way rural charm with beautiful rooms and great cuisine

This is real country living! Set beneath the imposing Langeberg Mountains this property has four large bedrooms mainly set in a thatched converted barn . The property also has a family sized, self catering cottage on a working farm approximately 5 minutes’ drive away, This can be used to accommodate families with children under 12. The rooms are spacious and have a calm, cooling country feel with thatched or cape reed ceilings. Dinner in the main house is a feature of any stay at Jan Harmsgat. The cuisine ranks among the best we have encountered in South Africa, the wine cellar features some of the top South African wines with an emphasis on local wineries and some lesser-known labels, which are excellent.

About Jan Harmsgat’s Location

You can relax beside the pool soaking up the sun, walk among the fruit orchards which include grapefruit, apples and quince. You can also hike into the Langeberg Mountains. Explore historic Swellendam, just 25 kms away, where you will find some fine examples of Cape Dutch architecture, There are  interesting museums and a good craft complex in the Old Gaol, which is part of the Old Drosdty museum. Robertson, which is home to some excellent wineries, is just 60 kms along the road. In fact the entire road up to Worcester is dotted with vineyards. Both towns have excellent restaurants. The Bontebok National Park is an easy 15-minute drive and it is one of the most successful conservation stories. The park was established in 1931 to protect the remaining 60 bontebok. There are now well over 2,500 bontebok throughout South Africa.  You can take a short drive to Montagu, which has hot springs and dramatic scenery through the Kogman’s Kloof Pass. The southernmost tip of Africa (Cape Agulhas) is an hour’s drive. For those looking for a truly unspoilt wilderness the drive to the De Hoop Nature Reserve. The spectacular pristine beach at nearby Witsand will reward you with wonderful sightings of Whales in season (June to December). You will also find examples here of the unique Cape Fynbos vegetation at its best. Rather than just a stopover on your way to the Garden Route, we believe you will be enchanted by a two or three day stay.


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Whale Rock Lodge, Hermanus

Comfortable accommodation in this thatched property on the outskirts of Hermanus and close to great restaurants

This beautiful thatched property boasts 12 rooms and suites. Two of the suites can be combined to offer one large family suite. Breakfasts are served in the sunny dining room overlooking the large, solar heated pool.

About the Location

During the whale watching season (June to December), Hermanus comes alive. This area has some of the best land based whale watching anywhere in the world but you can also enjoy an ocean safari and get up close to these magnificent mammals as they come into Walker Bay to calve. You are also close to the Hemel en Aarde wine route where you can visit two of South Africa’s top wineries, Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson. Whale Rock lodge is very close to a restaurant very popular with locals – The Harbout Rock which is known locally as The Rock. This is in New Harbour which is a relatively short walk and here you can sample some excellent freshly caught seafood, including great sushi, together with local wine and beer.


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Rouxwill Farm

Rouxwill Farm, Greyton, Nr. Caledon

A personal favourite in beautiful countryside with wonderful accommodation

For people looking for a country getaway – this is for you. Rouxwil is a working farm with one bedroom, 2 luxury bedrooms with sweeping views over the countryside and 1 garden family unit. The Farmhouse is set in a valley surrounded by fields of wheat, in season, orchards and the natural Cape fynbos. The rooms are beautifully decorated with entrances into the gardens that boast far-reaching views of the mountains. The  rooms are complete with original antique furniture collected locally and have exquisite bathrooms completed in the owners’ inimitable style.

About the location

The farm is situated near the little towns of Elgin and Greyton, which are famous for their apple orchards, and Villiersdorp that is well known for its Cape Dutch architecture and fields of lavender. Caledon is not far away with its impressively refurbished Victorian thermal spa. This has been redeveloped into a complete spa centre but retains the original (very) hot baths that are reputed to have healing properties. Franschhoek and the Winelands is a 20-minute drive over the spectacular Franschhoek Pass and Hermanus, which is fabulous for whale watching in season (between June and December), is a short 30 minutes’ drive. The owners live on the farm and here you will experience fine home cooking. This is a quiet, relaxing location but it could also be a good centre for those wanting to hike and explore this beautiful location on foot. 4×4 trips around the property can also be arranged. Rouxwil is only an hour’s drive to Cape Town International Airport along fast roads.


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The Hideaway - Swellingdam

The Hideaway, Swellendam

A true home from home in an historic location

The property is a small boutique B&B is set in the heart of historic Swellendam and the accommodation is provided in the grounds and comprises 5 suite style rooms. These are beautifully decorated and appointed in the owners’ inimitable style and are generous in size, as are the bathrooms. The property also has a plunge pool to cool off in the heat of the day. Home-style cooking is the order of the day and breakfasts are a feast!

About the location

There are a number of excellent local restaurants for an evening meal. From here you reach Cape Agulhas, the southern tip of Africa, which as a 1 1/2 hour drive. The the Bontebok National Park can be can be enjoyed in half a day and here you will see the eponymous antelope, the Bontebok, which was saved from extinction by the establishment of this park in 1934. There is also a great local wine route.

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Rothman Manor, Swellendam

Rothman Manor, Swellendam, Overberg

Rothman Manor is a luxurious, historic gem in South Africa’s third oldest town

Rothman Manor’s 200-year-old thatched Cape Dutch house is set in the centre of historic Swellendam. However, once in the grounds you could be in the middle of the countryside. The 6 suites are beautifully appointed with a perfect blend of European and South African touches.  The larger than normal suites comprise comfortable period style beds, beautiful bathrooms and a lounge area. The rooms open onto the fabulous gardens that in season are full of colour. Relaxing by the pool you will be able to look over the rest of the grounds, which the owner has stocked with small buck such as Springbok. This property continues to be a favourite with our clients confirming the owners’ excellent ratings and reviews on Trip Advisor.

About Rothman Manor’s Location

There are several good restaurants in Swellendam and one, The Old Mill, is opposite Rothman Manor. Breakfast is either served in the period dining room panelled in stinkwood or outside on the stoep overlooking the gardens.  Swellendam has some great restaurants providing excellent gourmet lunches and dinner. ou can take a short drive to Montagu, which has hot springs and dramatic scenery through the Kogman’s Kloof Pass. The southernmost tip of Africa (Cape Agulhas) is an hour’s drive. For those looking for a truly unspoilt wilderness the drive to the De Hoop Nature Reserve. The spectacular pristine beach at nearby Witsand will reward you with wonderful sightings of Whales in season (June to December). You will also find examples here of the unique Cape Fynbos vegetation at its best. Locally, the Bontebok National Park is an easy 10-minute drive and it is one of the most successful conservation stories. The park was established in 1931 to protect the remaining 60 bontebok. There are now well over 2,500 bontebok throughout South Africa.  There is an excellent wine trail between Swellendam and nearby Robertson. Rather than just a stopover on your way to the Garden Route, we believe you will be enchanted by a two or three day stay.


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