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Overberg Tourism Information

Quick Facts: Overberg

  • The Overberg is located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa
  • Overberg is located to the east of Cape Town beyond the Hottentots-Holland mountain range
  • The Overberg nestles along the Western Cape Province's south coast between the Cape Peninsula and the region known as the Garden Route in the east
  • The boundaries of the Overberg are the Hottentots-Holland mountains in the West, the Riviersonderend Mountains in the North, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans in The South and the Breede River in the East
  • Breadbasket of the Cape: grain farming, mainly wheat, dominates the agriculture
  • The wheat fields are a major breeding ground for South Africa's national bird: the Blue Crane
  • Fruit in the Elgin Valley: thesecond largest supplier of fruit in South Africa
  • The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is home to a large diversity of flowering plants not found anywhere else in the fynbos biome
  • The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is recognised and registered with the UNESCO.
  • Arniston
  • Cape Agulhas: southermost point of Africa
  • Gansbaai
  • Hermanus
  • Kleinmond
  • Port Beaufort
  • Stanford
  • Swellendam
  • Pringle Bay
  • Betty's Bay

Introducing Overberg

The scenic Overberg is a region in South Africa which is located to the east of Cape Town beyond the Hottentots-Holland mountain range.  The Overberg nestles along the Western Cape Province's south coast between the Cape Peninsula and the region known as the Garden Route in the east. The boundaries of the Overberg are the Hottentots-Holland mountains in the West, the Riviersonderend Mountains in the North, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans in the South and the Breede River in the East.

This region of South Africa has always been considered as the breadbasket of the Cape as grain farming, mainly wheat, dominates the agriculture.  The wheat fields are a major breeding ground for South Africa's national bird, the Blue Crane. Another important food farmed in the Overberg is fruit with the Elgin Valley being the second largest supplier of fruit in South Africa.

Nestled in the Overberg, one can find the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve which is home to a large diversity of flowering plants not found anywhere else in the fynbos biome.  The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is recognised and registered with the UNESCO. The major towns in the Overberg region of South Africa are Hermanus, Caledon and Swellendam.  This region includes Cape Agulhas which is the southermost point of the Africa continent. The landscape is dominated by gently to moderately undulating hills enclosed by mountains and the ocean.

The Overberg region in the Western Cape Province of South Africa includes the main towns of Arniston, Cape Agulhas, Gansbaai, Hermanus, Kleinmond, Port Beaufort, Stanford, Swellendam as well as Pringle Bay and Betty's Bay.

The Overberg in the Western Cape, South Africa

The following towns fall under the Overberg region of South Africa:

  • Arniston
  • Baardskeerdersbos
  • Barrydale
  • Betty's Bay
  • Bot River
  • Bredasdorp
  • Buffelsjagbaai
  • Caledon
  • De Kelders
  • Elgin
  • Elim
  • Franskraal
  • Gansbaai
  • Genadendal
  • Grabouw
  • Greyton
  • Hangklip
  • Hermanus
  • Kleinbaai
  • Kleinmond
  • L'Agulhas
  • Malgas
  • Napier
  • Pearly Beach
  • Pringle Bay
  • Riviersonderend
  • Rooiels
  • Stanford
  • Struisbaai
  • Suurbraak
  • Swellendam
  • Villiersdorp
  • Waenhuiskrans
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