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ACCOMMODATION IN AGULHAS - BOT RIVER - BREDASDORP - CALEDON - GANSBAAI - HERMANUS - KLEINMOND - MALGAS - 
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THE OVERBERG - WHALE ROUTE,  WESTERN CAPE,  SOUTH AFRICA - TRAVEL GUIDE
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In the early days of the European occupation of the Cape, very few people ventured far from the foot of Table Mountain. The vast Cape Flats to the east of the fledgling city were a treacherous stretch of shifting sands, wetlands and - of course - wild animals. And at the eastern extreme of that huge, sandy plain was a formidable mountain range, which is now - a couple of hundred years later - easily traversed by virtue of the scenic Sir Lowry's and Houwhoek Passes on the N2. But in those days, these mountains presented a serious barrier to movement and the land beyond them, which was visited only by the very adventurous and became known as the 'Overberg' - the land over the mountains.

The Overberg extends from the high-lying apple orchards of the area between the two passes in the west, to just past the lovely historical town of Swellendam in the east and - to the south - as far as you can go. Cape Agulhas is the most southerly point of the African continent and - officially - the place where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The interior is dominated by grain farms interspersed with cute country towns, and the coast is a series of beautiful bays, beaches, wetland and dramatic headlands. Walker Bay, which lies between the towns of Hermanus and Gansbaai, has two claims to fame.

It is reputed to be the best land-based whale watching in the world, as the huge southern right whales swim close in shore and there is a beautiful and convenient, fragrant, flower-rich cliff-top walk that offers an excellent vantage point to observe these, South Africa's biggest tourists.
 
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They turn up here in late winter to escape the harsh Antarctic, give birth, nurse their calves and - while they're in a nice romantic honeymoon destination - work on the next crop of baby whales.
The second claim to fame is as the most southerly vineyards in Africa - and it's well worth doing a tasting. This is not just a gimmick.

The other big attraction of this area is the great white shark. Dyer and Geyser Islands, off the small fishing village of Gansbaai offer probably the best shark cage diving in the world. A number of boats operate in the area - chumming to attract the sharks' attention and vying with each other for the best position. Do it soon, as there is increasing resistance to a practice that many people consider to be morally indefensible, ecologically destructive and dangerous.

There's loads more to do. There are three great nature reserves. Kogelberg in the west, which is a major hotspot of botanical diversity, offers fantastic hiking and an exciting white water rafting day trip. De Hoop, in the east, has some small game, great easy mountain bike trails, an escorted, portaged hiking trail, fun snorkelling, wonderful beaches and some awesome land-based whale watching. Slightly further east, the Bontebok National Park was proclaimed to protect the last few remaining bontebok - a beautiful antelope that is found only in the Western Cape. The Breede River, in the eastern part of the Overberg, has some quite fun rafting and canoeing trips and the only remaining hand-operated ferry in the country and fantastic fishing.

There is great paragliding and fun canoeing and sea kayaking near Hermanus, a gliding club in Swellendam, a good horse trail, great hiking and some fabulous mountain biking trails. There are fun boat trips and a long and exciting foefie slide (flying fox)  on the Buffelsjag Dam, near Swellendam.

For the more culturally inclined, the mission villages of Genadendal and, particularly, Elim, hark back to a much quieter era. Interesting museums include the Drostdy Museum in Swellendam, the Old Harbour Museum in Hermanus, which has exhibits relating to fishing and whaling, and the small but fascinating Shipwreck Museum in Bredasdorp. This area is, in fact, littered with historic wrecks. A noble tradition was born when the troopship Birkenhead went down near Gansbaai in 1852. For the first time in recorded history, the troops and sailors lined up on the deck in disciplined ranks while the women and children passengers got into the lifeboats and were ferried to shore. The men then took their chances with the icy water and the legions of sharks. Another historic wreck nearby was the Arniston, which gave its name to the town that has officially been called Waenhuiskrans - which means wagon house cave, and refers to an enormous sea cave big enough to house an ox wagon (although you'd struggle to get a bicycle to the spot, never mind an ox wagon). But everyone knows the place as Arniston - a great beach destination.

AGULHAS ACCOMMODATION - OVERBERG WHALE ROUTE, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Agulhas Guest House, AGULHAS
Located in the Town of L'Agulhas, which is at the most Southern tip of Africa.  This guest house an affordable holiday with double bedrooms, each with en-suite showers.  5 of the bedrooms have beautiful sea views and the other 4 have mountain views. Some of our rooms have satellite TV and there is a TV with satellite in the lounge.  We have a restaurant with a seating capacity for 20 guests and provide other meals on request. We also have a fully licensed bar on the premises.  We are walking distance of the famous Agulhas Lighthouse and only 2 km from the most Southern Tip in Africa.
Tip of Africa Guest House, AGULHAS
Cape L’Agulhas is surely the ultimate destination in visiting one of the most significant geographical points on our continent! This is where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet - according to the International Hydrographical Organisation. A historic and cultural legacy has been left by the Khoi beach nomads who lived along the Agulhas coast. Fish traps and shell mittens are still part of the valuable heritage of these forgotten people.  The Tip of Africa Guest House is conveniently located in close proximity of the above and during the winter months whales can be watched from the balcony!  The Guest House has eight (8) stylish double rooms with quality linen in a relaxed and safe environment.
Villa Cape Agulhas, Guest House, AGULHAS
Villa Cape Agulhas is situated at the Southernmost Tip of Africa where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet.  A Paradise of natural wealth, bordered by blue mountain ranges and the Agulhas National park. The Rooms are appointed for magnificent sea views, with frequent sightings of migrating whales in season.  Rooms all have colour TV's, tea trays and fridge facilities. Offering a jacuzzi with ocean view. Non-smoking establishment. Only 200m from the Guesthouse you will see the lighthouse, and when quiet, the wildlife comes to within sighting distance. The most beautiful time in the Cape is the beginning of August when the canola fields are nearly ready to be harvested which, along with green valleys make for a very pleasurable time. 
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BOT RIVER (BOTRIVIER) ACCOMMODATION - OVERBERG WHALE ROUTE, WESTERN CAPE

Botrivier is a small town of approximately 4,000 people, situated in the Overberg region of the Western Cape in South Africa.  The town is named after Bot River. The river mouth is located at Fischerhaven. Its tributaries include the Swart River.
KolKol Mountain Lodge, Country House, Self-Catering, Tented Camp, BOTRIVIER
Tucked away among the fynbos, on a farm situated on the Van der Stel Pass near Botrivier, lies KolKol Mountain Lodge - a place where a short breakaway will be remembered as a truly unique experience. Set in a tranquil and peaceful environment, with sweeping views of the Babilonstoren mountains as well as the fynbos of the Cape Floral Kingdom, this self-catering accommodation offers the perfect hideaway for family and friends of all ages. Join us at KolKol Mountain lodge and explore something out of the ordinary.
Wildekrans Uitspan Cottages, Self-Catering Cottages on Wine Estate, BOTRIVIER
Only an hour's drive from Cape Town and you could be in a different world. A wonderful world of vineyards, wine, orchards, wheat fields, mountains, mist, blue cranes and friendly, hospitable people. This is the Overberg, arguably one of the most beautiful regions of South Africa. And home to Wildekrans Wine Estate and Uitspan Cottages.  Uitspan cottages, the beautifully restored labourers' cottages, surrounded by vineyards and orchards, are the perfect spot to escape for a holiday break.
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BREDASDORP ACCOMMODATION - OVERBERG - OVERBERG WHALE ROUTE, WESTERN CAPE

Buchu Bushcamp, Bredasdorp, De Hoop Nature Reserve
Comfortable Rustic best describes the African Experience that is Buchu Bushcamp. Away from it all but not without essential home comforts and traditional South African hospitality. Midway between Cape Town and the Garden Route and right next door to the De Hoop Nature Reserve renowned for its excellent birding and land-based whale watching. Buchu Bushcamp is situated about 70km east of Cape Agulhas, the southern-most tip of Africa and a mere 1km from the main gate of the De Hoop Nature Reserve. Situated 35km off the N2 highway between Cape Town and the Garden Route, Buchu Bushcamp is comfortably under three hours drive from both Cape Town and George.
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CALEDON ACCOMMODATION - OVERBERG WHALE ROUTE, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

Black Eagle Lodges, CALEDON
Tucked away in the Overberg Mountains outside Caledon, Black Eagle Lodge and Villa offer a tranquil farm-style retreat just 90 minutes from Cape Town. Revive your soul, surrounded by nature, from the privacy of these beautiful self-catering lodges, spaced nearly a kilometer apart, on the mountain slopes of a working farm, hidden halfway between Caledon and Botriver.  Awake to the call of the sugarbird and unwind on an expansive verandah, overlooking a spring-water dam and rolling wheat fields. Take the edge off hot summer days in pools of cool spring water and warm up winter nights beside a blazing log fire. Count the stars with the children and teach them to fly-fish, collect frogs or spot a black eagle. 
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GANSBAAI ACCOMMODATION - OVERBERG - OVERBERG WHALE ROUTE, WESTERN CAPE

Gansbaai - The Southern right whale can be seen in large numbers, especially from the rocky shores of De Kelders on Walker Bay. This is also the spot of the old whaling station. The look-out platform and the steps down to are still standing. Today whales are protected in South Afric and the descendants of the whalers are now the skippers on the boats that take tourists out for boat-based whale watching. The hinterland is known for its vast natural and mountaineous landscapes covered with unspoilt vegetation of the Cape Floral Kingdom ('fynbos"). As the smallest of the 6 world's floral kingdoms, the Cape Floral Kingdom is - with 9000 different species - the richest.
Bodhi Khaya Retreat, Farm Accommodation/Retreat, GANSBAAI
Bodhi Khaya Retreat is set on a 217 hectare farm, tucked between hills, a short distance from Stanford, Western Cape.  This Retreat offers individuals and groups an opportunity to get away to tranquillity, pastoral landscapes and events that inspire and renew.  Housed in the historic main complex is a beautiful venue for small conferences, seminars, family celebrations and weddings. Accommodation includes a comfortably appointed Cape cottage and private rooms with optional self-catering. Nearby attractions include: the best whale watching in South Africa, long pristine beaches, spectacular birding, the southernmost tip of Africa, stunning nature walks, river cruises, horse riding, ancient caves, fabulous restaurants, and much much more!
Crayfish Lodge Sea & Country Guest House, GANSBAAI
This elegant modern sea front guest house is designed to let you marvel at the sound of the whales, to let you discover this pristine coastal area and to let you simply relax. Here you will certainly be enjoying some of the finest sea and mountain views in South Africa.  Two spacious Panorama Suites upstairs, offering generous bath areas with spa bath and –shower, open onto large balconies. Three stylish airy Atlantic Garden Rooms of excellent quality offer direct access to the heated pool and sandy beach. 
De Kelders PRIVATE house, De Kelders, GANSBAAI
Travellers to the De Kelders private house, are well looked after. Guest rooms have high ceilings, ample light and ventilation and offer complete privacy. The house is a gem for the magazine, movie, book and music fundi. The large and spacious garden is a ten year creation of Overberg flora, planted with privacy being the keyword. The salt water pool a welcome escape from the summer heat, the open terrace is secluded and offers the perfect hideaway for reading, drinks and a South African braai, the ocean is 200 steps away. At the beach you can meander on trails and watch the spectacular sunsets over Walker Bay and talk with the whales .. 
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HERMANUS ACCOMMODATION - OVERBERG - OVERBERG WHALE ROUTE, WESTERN CAPE
This lovely town, on the coastal area of the Overberg, is most well known for its awesome land based whale watching. Most of Hermanus’ shoreline is rocky cliff, quite high above Walker Bay so it offers fantastic viewpoints from which to observe the huge southern right whales as they come into the bay to mate, calve and just hang out in the (relatively) warm water. (It’s warmer than Antarctica.) A whale crier blows a horn made from kelp and informs locals and tourists alike where the whales are to be found at any given time. The whales usually arrive in late winter – towards the end of June or beginning of July – and stay until autumn, with the last stragglers heading back down south in November, or even December. The town holds a whale festival every year from the end of September to the beginning of October.

There is a lovely path, most of which is wheelchair-friendly, along the cliff top. As well as the lovely sea views and sightings of whales, there are many pretty and fragrant flowers. It is a wonderful path and it’s generally safe but use your common sense and don’t walk alone on it when there are hardly any other people about. There is also a boat based whale watching operator based in the New Harbour.

Other attractions in this lovely town include a wine tasting cellar, a museum, in which you can see many exhibits pertaining to whaling and fishing, and a golf course.
 
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The nearby Hermanus Lagoon is a great place to sail or paddle, and the paragliding is excellent. The diving is great and Hermanus is a popular beach destination, even though there is only one beach. For nature lovers a visit to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve is a great way to get up close to the dainty montane coastal fynbos which attracts scores of jewel bright sunbirds and elegant sugarbirds which flit about the proteas. There are loads of marked trails for strolls or long walks taking in the extensive views of Walker Bay.

Hermanus is just bursting at the seams with good restaurants, lovely guest houses and characterful hotels.

Canterbury Lodge, Luxury Self-Catering Villa, HERMANUS
Canterbury Lodge is situated in the picturesque town of Hermanus, on the Western Cape coast. This cozy holiday retreat is the perfect place in which to unwind and enjoy a stress free getaway. Take a dip in the swimming pool or relax in the shade of the patio. Dine indoors or barbecue out in the garden. Here, optimal privacy and freedom of movement are yours. Mere minutes away from beaches, shops, restaurants, pubs and bars, Canterbury Lodge offers the best in convenience and accessibility. The front door is a short walk away from the magnificent seaside cliff path with its panoramic views of the both the ocean and the surrounding mountains. And who knows…while you’re out there you might just spot a whale or two. 
H & A Guest Houses, Self-Catering Guest Houses, HERMANUS
Situated in the picturesque Hemel-en-Aarde valley, the H & A Guest Houses offers accommodation in 2 new architecturally designed double-storey houses within this beautiful security estate.  The houses each sleep 6 people comfortably, have 3 bedrooms (main en-suite), 2 bathrooms  Tastefully furnished with all the mod cons necessary to make your holiday as enjoyable and hassle free as possible and a large enclosed patio ideal for al-fresco dining during the long warm summer months. Surrounded by magnificent mountains and breathtaking views...
Hermanus Lodge on the Green, HERMANUS
Hermanus Lodge on the Green is a Luxury Guest House overlooking the 25th green of Hermanus Golf Course, with the Fernkloof Nature Reserve leading off from our back garden.  The north facing pool area bathed in sunshine. Seven beautifully appointed rooms with en-suite bathrooms and wrap-around verandahs. Five star attention to detail.Two wonderful golf-courses, Hermanus on our doorstep and Arabella just 20 minutes away. Or walk the beautiful Fernkloof Nature Reserve which starts at our back garden. Whale watching is the speciality in Hermanus and it's just a two minute drive to the cliff paths.
Milkwood Lodge Bed and  Breakfast Milkwood Lodge, Guest Lodge/B&B Hermanus
Within walking distance of the popular Voëlklip and Grotto beaches and only 6 minutes from the village centre, spacious en suite double or twin bedrooms and a self-catering cottage with magnificent sea or mountain views.   Milkwood Lodge is only 5 minutes from the Hermanus Golf Course and 30 minutes from the recently completed Arabella Golf Estate.  We offer full English and Continental breakfast and cater for Vegetarian, Halaal and any other dietary requirements can be requested.
Mitchell Street Village Guest House, HERMANUS
Mitchell Street Village Guest House is a luxury guesthouse which offers exceptional, value for money accommodation in Hermanus, and is only 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from Cape Town. Immerse yourself in the unique accommodation of our country house bed and breakfast retreat and relax in the beautiful Walker Bay surrounds.  Hermanus, nestled on the sea cliffs in the Western Cape, is world famous for its land based whale watching. Its natural beauty will leave you wanting to come back for more. Our 27 hole golf course is a stone's throw away from the guest house, and the numerous cliff path walks and nature reserve trails are sure to impress even the most well travelled. 
Windsor Hotel, HERMANUS
The three-star Windsor Hotel offers 70 comfortable en-suite bedrooms (most of which are sea facing) in one of the Cape's most glorious settings.  On the very edge of sparkling Walker Bay, the Windsor Hotel combines the best of traditional hospitality with all the comforts you expect of stylish waterfront living - right in the village of Hermanus. Hermanus is long admired for its invigorating "champagne air" and breathtaking scenery that unfolds along miles of cliff and mountain paths.  It remains essentially unspoiled in spite of all the sophisticated amenities it now has to offer; there is so much to experience that you will want to stay forever.
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KLEINMOND ACCOMMODATION - OVERBERG - OVERBERG WHALE ROUTE, WESTERN CAPE
Kleinmond is a small coastal town in the Overberg region of the Western Cape province, South Africa. It is situated inside a UNESCO-declared Biosphere about 90 km east of Cape Town between Betty's Bay and Hermanus. From June to November, Southern Right Whales can be seen from the coastline, where they come to mate and calf.

Of special interest are the wild horses, roaming free in the marshlands at the Bot River lagoon area, next to Rooisands Nature Reserve. They are believed to be South Africa's only herd of wild horses in a wetland habitat.

Elephant Rock Guesthouse, KLEINMOND
Elephant Rock is unique, being the old Police station and older than 60 years. It has 5 spacious, beautifully furnished rooms adjacent to a secure and safe courtyard. All the rooms are en suite with each one its own atmosphere. A Honeymoon suite, Bachelors room, Beach room, a Cottage room and Mountain View room are available to choose from.Boasting a bluevlag status, Kleinmond has a beautiful beach and lagoon surrounded by the awesome Kogelberg Mountain range. This makes it ideal for walking and cycling. 
Herd's Cove, Bed & Breakfast, KLEINMOND
Bordering on the coastal Nature Reserve in the Kogelberg Biosphere, Herd’s Cove offers superb sea and mountain views. Relax in luxury accommodation in this haven of peace and tranquility.There are two large bedrooms with all the requisite amenities and even more. These rooms share a very comfortable private lounge as well as a sea-facing deck. This is the ideal situatiion to watch the Southern Right whales, or enjoy the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. There are numerous hiking trails including the path along the shore from the Palmiet River Mouth to the Kleinmond Beach. Within easy walking distance is the quaint harbour with a variety of tourist attractions. For those who play golf there are both the Kleinmond and Arabella Golf Courses.
Kleinmond Self-Catering Accommodation, KLEINMOND
Kleinmond Self-Catering Accommodation offers two well equipped self-catering units close to the sea. Both kitchens are fully equipped, with stove, microwave, toaster, kettle and fridge/freezer. In addition to the normal items, we also supply all linen and towels. Unfortunately we do not have a garden, and therefore we do not take pets. The building consists of three accommodation units. We live in one unit, and we rent out the other two units. Ideally situated, only a short walk to the beach, shops, banks and post office. We are close (2 blocks) to the main beach of Kleinmond, and even closer to the rocky coastal walkway. Walk along this path and appreciate many species of Fynbos.
Moments Guest House, KLEINMOND
Only an hour's drive away from the Cape Town International Airport is a little town surrounded by the most beautiful mountains and seas. Kleinmond is still unspoilt and a secret to many. It is a dream location for people who love the sea, playing golf, watching whales and enjoying nature. Therefore MOMENTS in Kleinmond celebrates life! The magnificent mountains and seas have been the inspiration when the eight rooms and living areas have recently been re-decorated. Here one can easily unwind and relax in summer around the pool or in winter in the lounge around the fire place. MOMENTS is about having good times with loved ones, family and friends! Let these 'moments' becomes some of your greatest memories! 
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MALGAS ACCOMMODATION - OVERBERG - OVERBERG WHALE ROUTE, WESTERN CAPE
Malgas - a small, historic and scenic town on the Breede River just 35 km inland from Witsand and close to Swellendam.  Famous for the only remaining hand-drawn pontoon in South Africa, which takes you across the Breede River.
Malagas Hotel & Conference Centre, MALGAS
The inviting Malagas Hotel on the banks of the Breede River at Malgas combines traditional Cape hospitality with modern comforts. The 45 warmly decorated en-suite bedrooms feature reed ceilings. A wide wrap-around verandah offers spectacular views of the broad expanse of the Breede River.  Sip your favourite beverage in Moxie's Pub and enjoy a leisurely home-cooked dinner in the pleasant restaurant.  The well appointed conference venue in the Hotel seats 128 delegates. The Hotel's position on the Breede River is ideal for water-based team-building activities.  Whale watching and game parks are in the vicinity.
PORT BEAUFORT ACCOMMODATION - OVERBERG - OVERBERG WHALE ROUTE, WESTERN CAPE
Breede River Lodge Breede River Lodge, Port Beaufort/Witsand
The Breede River Lodge is situated on the Garden Route midway between Cape Town and Plettenberg Bay. The area is a mariners dream both on the river and the sea. Angling features as the number one attraction with many record breaking catches over the years - as will be seen on the Breede River Lodge Wall of Fame.  Enjoy a multitude of sports at the Breede River Lodge! From relaxing water taxi's, deep sea fishing charters, skippered boat hire, spear fishing, horse rides, hiking, bird watching, walks and kayaking, to the more energetic quad biking on a nearby farm.
STANFORD ACCOMMODATION - OVERBERG - OVERBERG WHALE ROUTE
Stanford Travel Guide:

Stanford is a quaint village 120 km from Cape Town, 20 km from Hermanus and only 20 km from Gansbaai. 

Among the activities in this lovely village are historic places to visit, peaceful scenic cruising, shopping, laidback pubs, local food and wine, country strolls, lifestyle markets, hiking trails.

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Bellavista Country Place, Country Guest House, STANFORD
BELLAVISTA is located on a 300ha private Fynbos property, offering 2 luxurious and elegant SEA VIEW SUITES, one JUNIOR SUITE, one SEA VIEW ROOM with adjacent 2-bed room (4 beds in total), one 4-bed MOUNTAIN COTTAGE and one small, one-room MOUNTAIN CABIN. Heated swimming pool overflowing into a kid's pool. Easy walking trails for bird watching. Close to several Golf Courses, shark diving and whale watching, many wine farms for wine tasting and with restaurants, and much more.  Our PANORAMA Restaurant serves Cosmopolitan Cuisine and is fully licensed (open from September to April every year, breakfast served in the rooms). 
Lavenders Blue, Self-Catering, STANFORD
Lavenders Blue A romantic thatched self-catering cottage situated in the Victorian village of Stanford, near Hermanus. There are glorious views of the mountains, and it is a short walk away to the banks of the Klein River and the river meander. It is close to all village amenities, excellent local restaurants, and antique shops. The spacious double volume cottage consists of a downstairs bedroom with a Queen-size bed and antique furniture. The outdoor shower area allows for a quick rinse off after a swim in the river. The upstairs loft room has a king size bed (or two singles) plus an additional single bed. The upstairs bathroom has a shower. The bed linen is 100% percale cotton, with woolen duvets, and luxurious bath towels. Own swimming towels should be provided.
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SWELLENDAM ACCOMMODATION - OVERBERG - OVERBERG WHALE ROUTE, WESTERN CAPE
Swellendam, One Of South Africa's Best Kept Secrets   by Hetty Beekhoven
Swellendam, South Africa's third oldest town is nestling at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains and has much to offer visitors who have an interest in history, nature, outdoor activities and art. Swellendam is ideally situated halfway between Cape Town and George and is therefore an ideal stop over for tourists. In these two hours from Cape Town to Swellendam, you will pass through unspoilt villages and towns. Take a trip back in time and stay in some of the historic homesteads and country houses in the area, which offer bed and breakfast. Rainfall is spread over the year and there is little wind and temperatures are moderate all year round ..  read more
Aan de Oever Guesthouse, SWELLENDAM
All 6 bedrooms have private entrances, full bathroom with seperate showers. Experience a traditional South African dinner in the warm ambience of our dining room. Riaan, your host is a registered tourist guide, qualified to take you country wide. Lovely views over the mountains and our parklike gardens on banks of small river or enjoy a sundowner in our cosy lounge.
Aanhuizen Guest House, SWELLENDAM
Allow Aanhuizen be a retreat for you from the hustle and bustle of your rushed life. Situated away from the noise of the main road yet still within walking distance of the tourist centres and excellent restaurants. Swellendam is the perfect stopover on your way to the Garden Route, we are approx 15km from the beautiful Tradouw's Pass that will take you on to the Route 62, Barrydale and Oudtshoorn.  Only 2 hours from Cape Town, come relax and spend a weekend recharging your batteries next to the Langeberg mountains, sleep late and enjoy a full English breakfast next to our sparkling pool. 
Braeside Guesthouse, SWELLENDAM
Experience traditional South African hospitality at this historical Cape Edwardian home. Braeside offers you breathtaking views of the Marloth Nature Reserve and Langeberg mountains. Tranquillity is found in the large grounds, complete with koi pond and abundant birdlife. Our world-renowned breakfast is an unforgettable experience, served on the verandah.
Guesthouse LaRachelle, SWELLENDAM
Stylish, cosy and comfortable, ideally situated en-route to the Garden Route, LaRachelle offers smoke free en-suite bedrooms with separate entrances opening on to an secure and private enclosed patio with a sparkling pool.  A private lounge provide the setting for intimate conversations. Walk to restaurants and places of interest.  Experience warm and good old fashioned country hospitality from your hosts Marius and Rachelle.  Master and Visa credit cards accepted. TGCSA 4-star Guesthouse.
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WITSAND (CAPE SOUTH COAST) ACCOMMODATION - OVERBERG WHALE ROUTE, WESTERN CAPE
Breede River Lodge Breede River Lodge, Port Beaufort/Witsand
The Breede River Lodge is situated on the Garden Route midway between Cape Town and Plettenberg Bay. The area is a mariners dream both on the river and the sea. Angling features as the number one attraction with many record breaking catches over the years - as will be seen on the Breede River Lodge Wall of Fame.  Enjoy a multitude of sports at the Breede River Lodge! From relaxing water taxi's, deep sea fishing charters, skippered boat hire, spear fishing, horse rides, hiking, bird watching, walks and kayaking, to the more energetic quad biking on a nearby farm.

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