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The Overberg

Welcome to the Overberg Business Directory, Here you will find one of the most comprehensive Overberg Online Business Directories to date, whether you travelling or touring through this lustrous  part of South Africa, Overberg Business Directory will help you plan your routes, guide your tours and make sure you find the best accommodation to suite your needs. South Africa’s very own Overberg has a lot to offer.

The Overberg is  a region in the Western Cape South Africa bordered by the Hottentots Holland Mountains at Elgin / Grabouw and Cape Hangklip neat Betty’s Bay in the west, and the Breede River at Infanta and Witsand in the east.  As the Dutch said “Over’t Geberghte” which means “over the mountains” and it is exactly where the Overberg is situated, just over the mountains east of Cape Town.  Riviersonderend and Langeberg mountains from the northern boundary, with Villiersdorp, Genadendal, Greyton, Riviersonderend, Stormsvlei, Swellendam and Suurbraak nestling in their foothills, and Barrydale to the north. On the coast line of the Overberg you will find the Atlantic and Indina oceans which meet at Cape Ahulhas, the southern-most tip of Africa. Towns on the coastline like Kleinmond, Betty’s Bay, Hawston, Hermanus, Gansbaai, L’Agulhas, Struisbaai and Arniston/Weanhuiskrans make this coastline complete. 

The climate of the Overberg, experience a typical Mediterranean climate.  The winters are mild with rainfall and in the summers warm to hot.  The winds are normally south-east in summer and in winter north-west and south-west.  Long summer days during January and February where the holiday makers take advantage of the towns and villages especially the coastal towns with its beautiful beaches.   In the months of  February and March, wine farms are harvesting their grapes.  Autumn takes place in April and May and this is when the farmers plough and plant for the winter. June and July are the winter months where snow can be expected on the mountains.  This is also the time when the Southern Right Whales come to the coast line where there are calmer waters where they can calf and mate.  The Southern Right Whales can be seen from June to November. Blue Crane breeding pairs can be seen during September and December.  September and October are spring where all the flowers come alive with green grain farmlands.  The Whale Festival also takes place is September in Hermanus.  October and November is the time where the farmers harvest their grain.  Weekends are full of events taking place and festivals running through till the end of December.  December is the busiest time of the year with loads of holiday makers streaming to our coastline towns like, Hermanus.

Historically elephant, lion, buffalo and rhino used to occur in the Overberg, which today boasts the other three members of the Big Wild Seven, namely leopards, southern right whales and great white sharks, as well as several superb and often little known conservation areas.  The Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve situated in the Grabouw area with 1 300 funbos species, 110 bird species and walking trails.  This reserve is a core area for Theewaterskloof and the Groenland conservancies. The Villiersdorp Wild Flower Garden and Nature Reserve are situated at Villiersdorp with 25 protea species 70 bird species including Cape Sugarbird and Cape Francolin.  It also offers three hiking trails and a scenic waterfall.