#Overbergfacts : Within driving distance of one of South Africa's busiest cities, lies a region of contrasts and wonder. The Overberg has...
Napier, Cape Overberg: The town, named after the governor of the day, Sir George Napier, was founded 12 April 1838 when the first erven were sold. The town is central to a prosperous wheat and wool producing area in addition to producing large quantities of strawberries in summer.
Napier lies beneath the Soetmuisberg surrounded by bright yellow canola fields, barley and wheat. A typical country town steeped in history with its main road lined by the prominent Dutch reformed church, houses and interesting stores selling antiques and various specialities. It's not unusual to find a little shop operating from the front stoep of a home in Napier. Photographers, nurseries, artists, potters and restauranteurs all exist side by side in harmony.
Gansbaai, beyond De Kelders on the R43 (about a 35 minute drive from Hermanus.) There, depending on your nerves you can go boatbased whale watching, scuba diving or shark cage diving. There are 4x4 trips, plane trips, The Danger Point lighthouse to visit and, to end the day, sundown boat trips. Gansbaai is named the Big2 town after the numerous Great White Sharks that cruise in the waters east of Danger Point peninsula and the many Southern Right Whales that hang out around the shores on the western side of Danger Point. Here you will find various restaurants and bars in and around Main Street and many arts and crafts shops. Don’t forget to visit the harbour.
Stanford, on the bank of the Klein River, must be one of the Western Cape’s best kept secrets. Stanford offers tranquility, scenery, river activities, brewery, a cheese farm, winery, art gallery, shops of interest and restaurants.
As you turn into Stanford, turn immediately left into Daneel Street. On your right you will find Norfolk Square. The Maze Tea Room has a lovely tea garden for children. An inspiring stop, filled with all sorts of activities to keep your children busy!
Browse around the French Home Décor shop Domaine du Cap. There is always something different to be found.
Onrus is a typical laid-back holiday town and home to several famous artists and authors such as Jan Rabie, Elsa Joubert, Uys Krige, Gregoire Boonzaaier and Marjorie Wallace amongst others.
Typically known for lush growth of Milkwood trees, this tranquil seaside village offers ideal water sport opportunities. Swimming is safe and the lagoon is warmer than the sea where lifegaurds are generally on duty during season time.
The fishing village of Hawston is located between Fisherhaven and Onrus en route to Hermanus. Hawston was named after Charles Haw who settled in Caledon in June 1859 often visiting Hawston for vacations.
The village of Hawston is rich in traditional history and the locals are eager to share their beautiful beach and ocean's bountiful catch with visitors.