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27 Jan

How seafood restaurant Perlemoen in Hermanus is uplifting its community and tackling sustainability

The historic Old Harbour has been Hermanus’s main attraction since it became a fishing port in the 1850s. Now, there is a fresh incentive to head to the water’s edge as it is also home to an award-winning seafood restaurant that is taking the local area by storm – and making waves on the international scene. Perlemoen Restaurant, opened by co-owners head chef Jannie Malherbe and his wife Annabella in May 2022, offers a unique opportunity to taste the delicacy abalone while drinking in the spectacular views of Walker Bay. “It’s about...

20 Jan

Overstrand Activities

May all adventures lead to the Overstrand in 2023. As always we are trying to present a variety of activities to keep all our visitors and residents happily occupied. As the summer weather holds up we highly recommend the Blue Flag Beaches, mountain and coastal walks and visits the nature reserves and botanical garden....

22 Dec

On Tuesday 20 December 2022 the Overstrand remembered Sir Robert Stanford on the 145th anniversary of his death.

Born in 1806 in Ballinastanford Ireland, serving in the British army and choosing to settle on the farm Kleine Riviers Vallei where Stanford is today. As a heritage village Stanford offers quiet charm, a flourishing farming community with many artists keeping the town vibrant. Thank you to Jarleth Sweeney for visiting all the way from Ireland and reminding us of the rich history of Stanford. ...

9 Dec

Stanford connections

A business trip to South Africa provided Irish automotive publisher and group editor Jarlath Sweeney the opportunity to visit Stanford and trace the steps of Sir Robert Stanford. Jarlath’s interest in the heritage village of Stanford stems from the fact that he lives in Claremorris close to Ballinastanford, in the heart of County Mayo where Sir Robert Stanford was born in 1806. This was Jarlath’s third visit to South Africa but first to the Overberg. From first impression he noted the similarity between the landscape surrounding Stanford and the mountains...

2 Dec

Local restaurant scooped up a prestigious international award

Our little Hermanus gem, Perlemoen, has just been recognized as a 'World Hidden Gem' with a La Liste award announced at a gala dinner in Paris, France. In the short time since opening their doors at the bottom of Hermanus Old Harbour in April this year Perlemoen has entered the big league to be acknowledged as the only restaurant on the African continent to make this list. Well done Jannie and team! Our hearts beat with pride as you confirmed our UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy status. #unescogastronomy #unescocreativecity #laliste1000 #gastronomy ...

25 Oct

Beyond Cape Town: six of the best places to explore on four wheels in South Africa

There’s nothing like the thrill of the open road, and when those roads take you to sun-drenched vineyards, through majestic mountain ranges, along deserted beaches and even into protected reserves where lions laze and elephants roam, then the thrills really are something special. All this makes South Africa the ultimate road trip destination. The well-maintained roads are signed in English, and they drive on the left, so Brits find getting behind the wheel a cinch. Getting there is easy too; British Airways flies direct from London to Cape Town, Johannesburg and...

21 Oct

The Top Ten Things to do in Gansbaai

The places known as Shark Alley and Dyer Island are synonymous with Gansbaai shark cage diving. Three hours from Cape Town, Gansbaai offers one of the best shark cage diving experiences, diving with the bronze whaler sharks. But what else does Gansbaai have to offer. The area is well known for its whale watching between June to November. There are boat-based whale charters departing from Kleinbaai daily. The Southern Right Whale Season is normally from June – December, but the rest of the year, one can occasionally see Humpback and Bryde’s...

29 Sep

A New Stanford Market Takes Shape

A New Stanford Market Takes Shape …and that shape is Square. Stanford, known for its historic architecture, meandering river and impressive collection of antique, second hand and vintage stores is now adding another attraction – a brand new market which may well put Stanford on the map as the “village of markets”. Launching on 01 October is the Stanford Square Market where locals and visitors alike can look forward to an “Eclectic array of stalls including food, thrifting, handmade, cosmetics and craft beverages” says Susan Brent, owner of Journey – a boutique clothing...

29 Sep

Taking South African Slow Food to the World

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Kleinmond resident chef Gregory Henderson recently visited Italy to represent South Africa at the Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2022.  Terra Madre translates to Mother Earth and this festival is the largest international event dedicated to good, clean, and fair food and to food politics.  It is part of a series of initiatives showcasing positive models for transformation of our food systems.  About 30 000 people gathered in Turin Italy to share sustainable food and wine practices.  Gregory was part of 20 South African delegates and the only Western Cape...