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The Cape Overberg & Surrounds
Overberg landscape at sunset
The Cape Overberg, at the southernmost tip of Africa and separated from the rest of the continent by mountain ranges, has a magic all its own. It attracts artists and crafters, and people seeking peace for their soul. Rolling wheatfields with Blue Cranes amongst grazing sheep, against a backdrop of mountains. The two great oceans that meet. Long white beaches, with waves lapping shells and pebbles and bits of seaweed. Treacherous rocks on which many ships have foundered. Whales which come here every year to mate and calve.

The culture of the Bushmen and Quena (Hottentots), who inhabited the area for ages before the Dutch settlers arrived in the 17th century, was replaced by European farmers and missionaries. The oldest mission station in the country is situated here. And the third oldest European town at the Cape. The people now represent our Rainbow Nation.

And there are more plant species in the region than in the entire United Kingdom (a total of 2 500, of which 300 are endemic). Some areas have a higher density of plant species than the Amazon. There are 350 bird species. And yes, it is the best spot for whale watching and white-shark cage-diving, and rated as one of the best places in the world for scuba diving.

It is also a lovely place to live, or to spend some time. Visitors will leave reluctantly after making friends in unexpected places. Many visitors return as often as they can, like the two Danish couples whom we once met on a river boat, here on their third visit. Lovely places to stay, excellent places to eat, to enjoy local wines, to relax.

A piece of Paradise has been preserved here. But visitors are most welcome...

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