Welcome to The Overberg


There are no unattractive routes leading to the Overberg; the N2 snakes up Sir Lowry’s Pass, which has magnificent views from the top, while Rte 44 stays at sea level and winds its way round Cape Hangklip, skirting the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. It’s a breathtaking coastal drive, on a par with Chapman’s Peak Dr in Cape Town, but without the toll.

Hermanus is a major draw for whales in the calving season (June to December) and for people wanting to watch them from easily accessed points throughout the town. If you’re keen to escape the throngs that gather here, head for less crowded whale-watching spots in Gansbaai, Arniston and the magical De Hoop Nature Reserve.


Top experiences in The Overberg

The Overberg activities

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Boat Based Whale Watching from Hermanus

The whale watching tour begins with an on-land briefing presented by our whale specialist guide before heading down the jetty to our boat. We then set off from the Hermanus New Harbour in search of the ‘gentle giants.’ During the tour our friendly, knowledgeable crew adds that personal touch to ensure an all-round great experience, from ensuring you don’t miss the perfect photo opportunities to serving complimentary light refreshments. The guides keep you informed via our on board PA system ensuring your whale trip is informative and educational.WHAT YOU CAN ENCOUNTEREncounter Southern Right, Humpback & Bryde’s whales.Dolphins, Seals, and a large variety of marine birds including the African penguin.JUNE- MID AUGUST | Humpback & Southern Right whalesJUNE-DECEMBER | Southern Right whalesPASSENGER COMFORT- Twin hulls of the catamaran provide optimum stability.- Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating throughout.- Enclosed areas for protection from sea spray and weather conditions.- Retractable, transparent blinds to give the option of open-air freshness in good sea conditions.- Surround- sound public address system for optimum communication by the specialist guide on board.- Modern ladies and gents toilets on board.- Refreshments bar on board

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Shark Cage Diving and Viewing in Kleinbaai

The trip starts between 6 am and 12 pm in the morning from Kleinbaai harbour, which is a 2 km drive from the village of Gansbaai, but may vary due to the tides and expedited sea conditions. You will be personally notified, after 5 pm the day before your dive, about the time you must meet at our crew house in Kleinbaai. We will use the contact number you supply when making your booking. After a continental breakfast (no greasy foods), a safety briefing is held and then you board the shark-chaser, Apex Predator for the 5-mile voyage to Dyer Island or an anchor spot where we have observed recent white shark activity. When the boat leaves the harbour, the round trip usually takes 3 to 4 hours. After dropping anchor, the crew will begin attracting Great Whites Sharks with a specially- formulated ‘Chum’ mixture.  (MANDATE AGAINST THE USE OF SHARK PRODUCTS - The local supplier do not feed the sharks nor use any part of a shark product in their ‘secret chum mixture’ and have signed a mandate to this effect.) Once the Great White Sharks arrive, you will have the opportunity to photograph these majestic apex-predators feeding at the surface, right alongside the boat. This is when you get the opportunity to enter the cage! Passengers are exposed to the open sea while travelling to Shark Alley where the boat will be anchored and chumming commence. The boat is protected with vinyl side curtains to give additional protection from the wind and water spray.

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Half-Day White Shark Cage Diving from Gansbaai

The main focus of your tour is a natural interaction with the sharks and every effort is made to treat these animals with the respect they deserve.Guests are welcomed from 6.30 am with a healthy continental breakfast and a full safety and weather briefing is given before departure.Departing at 7.30am, you'll embark on a 15-25 minute boar tide. Here the skipper of the day gives a short lecture on the Great White Shark. He explains how you'll work with the sharks in the area. We spend 2 to 4 hours at sea, depending on how often the sharks visit the boat. Be sure to ask as many questions as you can think up! Diving and viewing your cage takes 5 people at a time. Each person spends about 20 minutes in the cage. All diving equipment, including 7mm wetsuits, is provided – you don’t need any experiencePicnic lunch on board our lunch boxes are packed with bread rolls (with a variety of fillings), sweets, crisps and assorted juices and soft drinks.Afternoon tea on your return to dry land (around 11am), you're invited to join the crew for some home-made vegetable soup.

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Gansbaai Shark Cage Diving

Shark cage diving from Kleinbaai harbour. The largest concentration of Great White Sharks on earth. See sharks all year around. Climb into a impenetrable floating cage and feel the adrenaline pump through your veins as a shark swims towards you, opens its mouth and bares its big sharp teeth.Not brave enough to plunge into the shark diving cage for a little adventure with the great whites? This is not at all a problem. Non-divers enjoy viewing great white sharks from our boat without diving. You get an amazingly clear view of these magnificent predators while viewing from the boat. They look literally like submarines gliding past. Great white sharks are surface feeders and our shark handlers are trained to bring them up-close-and-personal against the side of the boat. Their heads and jaws are clearly visible.The bay also plays host to large numbers of whales between June – November. The whale numbers often match even those of the famous territory of Hermanus. While on the subject of Marine mammals… schools of up to 500 dolphins make a spectacular site and are often seen in the bay. All of this makes shark diving in Gansbaai, a unique and sought after experience.

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Whale Watching from Hermanus

Take advantage of the unique whale watching opportunity aboard the Unathi from Hermanus. Designed specifically to enhance your whale watching enjoyment. Sail on a this spacious 36-seater, 15m(49ft.) catamaran with retractable windows for comfort . Come as close as 50m(164ft.) to these magnificent mammals. Watch as they approach, dive or carry on with their mating activities. Get a bird's eye view from the top deck, which is ideal for picture taking. Tours run daily between the months of June and December. Witness the mating habits of these amazing mammals between June and August. Swimming in groups of eight males for every female makes it an extraordinary sight. Be touched by the heart-warming sight of the newborn calves and their mothers during the last part of the season.Departures throughout the day for your convenience. Check in 30-minutes prior to departure time. Receive a brief orientation about safety instructions, sea conditions and marine life to be encountered. Be fitted with a life jacket upon boarding. Enjoy refreshments during this two hour whale watching cruise.

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Whale Watching from Gansbaai

Launch from the quaint fishing harbour of Gansbaai and travel along the cliffs of De Keldar’s. There, you will find a nature reserve that has been proven to hold the highest concentration of whales in South Africa. The shallow waters allow the whales to mate and protect their calves. The whales you can expect to see are known as Southern right whales. Similar to the North Atlantic and North Pacific right whales, they are considered different due to the shape of their skulls. Along the way, keep a look out for dolphins, caper fur seals, and sharks. You may also witness humpback, Minke, and Bryde's whales frolicking in the ocean. Finally, catch a glimpse at beautiful Orcas, False killer whales, and the African penguin. Return back to the harbour at the end of your boating adventure.

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