The Overberg

Overberg  is a region in South Africa to the east of Cape Town. It lies along the Western Capes Province’s south coast between the Cape Peninsula and the Garden Route. The Hottentots-Holland mountains; Riviersonderend mountains; Cape Fold Belt; and the most southerly tip of Africa where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet.  

The area has always been considered as the breadbasket of the Cape and is largely given to grain farming — mainly wheat. 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 producing about 60 percent of the total annual apple crop of about 900,000 metric tonnes

Southern Right Whale Cow & Calf in Arniston

The flora of the Overberg is unique with a large diversity of flowering plants not found anywhere else in the fynbos.

Blue Crane
Black Oystercatchers
Southern Right Whale
Seabirds at Die Mond
Sea mammals around Arniston

The major towns are Hermanus, Caledon, Bredasdorp (closest to Arniston) Grabouw, and Swellendam.

Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of Africa. The landscape is dominated by gently to moderately undulating hills enclosed by mountains and the ocean.

The name, derived from Over ‘t Berg, means “over the mountain”.

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