The Overberg in South Africa’s Western Cape Province
On the way from the Cape to the Overberg. A mountain range lies inbetween, the Hottentots Holland Mountains. In the olden days it was difficult to get "OVER THE BERG". But nowadays the Overberg can easily be reached via the Sir Lowry's Pass, completed in 1830. Once arrived on top, the scenery changes. In front of us lies a high plateau, softly ondulating. With endless wheat fields and pastures with sheep and cattle. We are in the Overberg. The main attraction for visitors however: a magnificent coastline - with quiet bays and coves and wide sandy beaches. Cape Agulhas, southernmost point of Africa, is also part of the Overberg coast. A juwel is the seaside resort of Arniston with the quaint fishermen's hamlet of Kassiesbaai. Early in the morning the fishermen launch their colourful boats. In the afternoon they return from the sea with their catches, always a fascinating event. Next to the village: The Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve with its huge sanddunes - ideal for coastal walks. Most popular town on the Overberg Coast is Hermanus, the "whale capital of the world". Every year between July and November hundreds of Southern Right Whales enter the calm waters of Walker Bay for breeding. The Whale Crier of Hermanus blows his kelp horn, when whales have been sighted. Then everybody looks out onto the sea. What makes Hermanus and the neighboring village of De Kelders so special: The marine mammals come within a few metres of the cliffs and can be watched at close range.