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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...

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...

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Tourism Tour: A whale of a time in Hermanus

Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, Mireille Wenger, had the pleasure of being joined by the Executive Deputy Mayor for Overstrand Municipality, Lindile Ntsabo, for a tour of the Old Harbour Museum, some whale spotting with the world-famous Whale Crier and a walk...

Grootbos fynbos celebrated in Tourism Month

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve’s Michael Lutzeyer has a way of constantly imagining new concepts to improve the offering of the luxury lodge situated between Stanford and Gansbaai. Michael’s latest idea had all and sundry scrambling for an explanation of the word “florilegium” which...

Stanford puik plek om te besoek

Hermanus Times 17 August 2022 Dit is ‘n dorpie wat almal bekoor en ook vir menige toeris een van hul gunsteling bestemmings is.  Waar om te eet in Stanford? Birkenhead Brewery | Walkerbay Estate Tel 028 341 0183 Campbells Café Tel 065 626 5456 Ou Meul...

Whale of a time in Overberg

Hermanus Times 17 August 2022 According to whale watchers this year is a spectacular season, and the Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit agrees with this.  On 2 August, the MRI conducted their first aerial survey to count southern right whales between Hermanus and Witsand. ...

Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir

One day a year is set aside to reflect on the noble Pinot Noir grape and the wines produced. This year International Pinot Noir Day was held on 18 August. 15 Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir producers showcased their best wines in a private tasting...

Hermanus Whale Festival is back

The Hermanus Whale Festival, a prestigious Eco-Art festival in South Africa usually takes place annually at the end of September and the beginning of October. This fabulous event brings the town alive during the weekend-long festivities. This year’s event officially kicks off on...

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Hot Tubbing in the Overberg

Getaway Magazine posted 6 places near Cape Town with wood-fired hot tubs and several our Overberg venues featured: Honybee Suite at Platbos Forest Reserve, Gansbaai Kolkol Mountain Lodge, Bot River Berseba Farm, close to Gabrielskloof Bot River There is also The Cottage & Cabins...

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South African National Space Agency.

SANSA has been operational in Hermanus for 81 years. On Wednesdays at 11:00 the public can book a free guided tour of the premises. This covers a visit to the Space Weather Centre, Applied Science, and the Science Centre. The last stop is...

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Stanford – a winelands gem

Pippa de Bruyn fell in love with Stanford village near Cape Town in 1990s – and so will you. Why did it take me 20 years to find this spot? With bits of tape peeling off each spectacle arm, Jo Sinfield looks a little...

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The Best Overberg Beach Escapes

Wake up and smell the ocean. When it comes to unforgettable getaways, it’s hard to beat having your own private, shaded patio or sun kissed deck facing some of the best ocean views in the world. Add the ease with which you can access...

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Frazer Barry presents Ommighellie

Ghellie is a tin in which a fire is stoked and where people gather to tell stories. A new series Ommighellie will be broadcast on Friday on kykNET DSTV channel 145 at 19:00. There are 19 episodes, and the first episode was on...

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Take a Kogelberg Hike

Hike in a mountain full of fynbos between Betty’s Bay and Kleinmnd. Harold Porter Botanical Gardens Tel 028 272 9311, Kogelberg Tel 087 288 0499  ...

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Cape Whale Coast Sweet Escape

Independent Online had a look at 5 small towns in the Western Cape where you can have a sweet escape. Two Cape Whale Coast villages were listed for all its charm and tranquillity. Stanford and Rooiels made the top five and we hope...

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Hermanus, 1 of 5 SA beach bucket list destinations

This whale-watching destination is a town just an hour and a half away from Cape Town. Hermanus boasts three Blue Flag beaches, Grotto, Onrus and Hawston beaches, offering water activities, an eatery and picnic areas. There’s also Kammabaai Beach, Langbaai Beach and Sandbaai...

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Indonesian Consul General visits Hermanus

On 19 to 20 December 2021, the Indonesian Consul General accompanied by the Diplomatic Information Institution of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia Cape Town and staff travelled to Hermanus, Western Cape. On this occasion, the Indonesian Consulate General in Cape...

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Grootbos Flower Safari

Finding proteas, ericas and so much more on a flora safari close to the southernmost point on Africa. https://www.timeslive.co.za/sunday-times/lifestyle/travel/2021-12-24-hunting-for-flora-on-the-grootbos-flower-safari/...

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Condé Nast Traveler 2022 Gold List

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve has made the acclaimed Condé Nast Traveler 2022 Gold List. Establishments listed are the editor’s all-time favourite hotels around the world representing service excellence. HUGE congrats to our own Grootbos Private Nature Reserve for heading up the list! https://www.hospitalitynet.org...

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Kleinmond’s Stormers Superfans

Kleinmond residents Riette and Kobus Koegelenberg are no ordinary DHL Stormer fans. Their home and car have been turned into Stormer shrines. The couple attended every single home game – 199 consecutive games - until the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March 2020. This coming...

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Streicher trap sy eie spore

Kleinmond resident Streicher Badenhorst sharing his journey with Hanri Wondergem of Die Burger. We are proud of the success of our locals going places and taking the news about our destination on their travels. ...

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Charming small towns to explore

Cape Town Etc recommends 5 small towns to explore and 2 of the villages are within easy reach. Stanford and Rooiels are within Cape Whale Coast territory and easily accessed via the scenic Clarence Drive, or the farm stall rich N2. Continue reading  ...

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Gansbaai 100 years old #Gansbaai100

On 21 October 1921 the first title deed for Gansbaai was registered, marking the official start of this coastal village. Activity in the region points to life prior this. The Danger Point Lighthouse is 120 years old while Gansbaai Primary established 115 years...

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Good News for Overberg Rentals

Ciska de Vries, short-let rental agent for Seeff Hermanus said they are already about 85% booked out for December and January. “This year has been a surprise with bookings in Hermanus tripling, some homes have even quadrupled in booking conversions,” she added. She said...

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Hermanus Has Talent

If you can act, sing, dance, rap, recite poetry or do a special group performance you should enter Hermanus Has Talent by emailing hermanushastalent@gmail.com Registration fees are R50 and R100 for groups. ...

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Caption: Good News for Overberg Rentals

Ciska de Vries, short-let rental agent for Seeff Hermanus said they are already about 85% booked out for December and January. “This year has been a surprise with bookings in Hermanus tripling, some homes have even quadrupled in booking conversions,” she added. She said...

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A weekend in Hermanus

Way more than just Whales We recently spent a weekend in Hermanus, and fell in love with the town all over again. Hermanus is happening – art, restaurants, the beach, and of course the area’s most famous visitors, Southern Right Whales. At only an...

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Franschhoek to Hermanus in a day

The Race to the Sea covered 100 miles on gravel from Franschhoek to Hermanus. A rider’s dream (they say!). The event took place on 4 September with a route of 164km to finish at Benguela Cove, Hermanus. Continue reading...

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Kfm Best of the Cape Awards: Overberg Winners

The 2021 Kfm Best of the Cape Awards recognised local businesses, entrepreneurs, places, people, activities and services in 30 categories.  The Overberg had finalists in 11 categories and won 6 categories: Adventure – Southern Right Charters, Hermanus Corner Shop – Soetmuisberg, Bredasdorp Farm...

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CapeNature Access Week 13 – 20 September 2021

September marks Tourism Month and CapeNature invites you to join in the celebrations. The entity will provide free access to the public during its 7th annual Access Week, from 13 - 20 September 2021. This once-in-a-year opportunity gives visitors a chance to participate...

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Hermanus Accommodation as per Inside Guide

Occupying pride of place on Walker Bay’s spectacular sunshine coast, Hermanus is widely known as the best land-based whale-watching destination in the world! There is an impressive array of places to stay, excellent seafood restaurants to feast at, a sprinkling of bars, quirky...

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September is Tourism Month

The Cape Whale Coast is ready to welcome visitors. Although there will not be an official Whale Festival, the whales have arrived and Hermanus is putting up a great show to make sure visitors are entertained and kept busy. We start the week...

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Walker Bay coverage in German Süd-Afrika magazine

Wale & Wein, Walker Bay. Einen Katzensprung von Kapstadt entfernt tummeln sich in der WALKER BAY jedes Jahr viele hundert Südkaper mit ihrem Nachwuchs. Auch kulinarisch ist die CAPE SOUTH COAST ein Highlight. Hemel en Aarde Valley produzieren elegante Chardonnays und Spätburgunder....

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Remove South Africa from the travel ‘Red List’

We are missing our British visitors and need assistance to remove South Africa from the UK’s red list. This will enable travel between our countries and we kindly ask British citizens who miss us too to vote by signing the following petition. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/589382...

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Looking for a Whale of a Time?

Its whale-watching season, in Hermanus and you can save up to 25% on the bed and breakfast rate at The Marine Hotel. The Marine offers ‘A WHALE OF A TIME’, with deals of up to 25% discount until 19 December 2021. THE MARINE INVITES...

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Hermanus Day Trip

If towns were people, Hermanus would be the gifted all-rounder, with talents that span the range of travel attractions. That it’s South Africa’s number 1 whale-watching destination is fact (it even has a festival dedicated to the event). Then there are the Blue...

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Hermanus Hospitality Shining on TripAdvisor

It is heart-warming to see how hard the Overberg hospitality sector has worked to maintain high levels of service delivery and to note the numerous businesses who have received 2021 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards. These awards are granted by the world’s largest travel...

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British & Irish Lions based at Arabella Hotel

What is life like inside the Lions camp right now? Warren Gatland's side are currently based in the luxurious Arabella Country Estate near the coastal town of Hermanus, which is around a 90-minute drive outside of Cape Town. Boasting one of South Africa's...

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Space Apps Challenge

Overstrand is proud of Hermanus based South African Space Agency joining NASA as one of ten space agencies to partner for NASA’s 10th annual #SpaceApps Challenge. Register and join the largest hackathon in the world. www.spacechallenge.org ...

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Niki Daly – SA Children’s Laurette Award

Kleinmond resident Niki Daly (75) was awarded the very first SA CHILDREN'S LAUREATE AWARD. Granted by UWC's Faculty of Education and SA FESTIVAL OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE for his lifelong contribution to children's literature as a writer and an illustrator!  ...

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SLOWMO Travel along Cape South Coast

Article on slower and more mindful travel written by Marguerite van Wyk in Sarie, July/August 2021. With the upward trend in domestic travel comes the need to slow down, stop at small rural villages and farm stalls, meditate and hike. The article singles...

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World Environment Day 2021

World Environmental Day is celebrated on 5 June, annually to encourage awareness and environmental protection. The day is all about clean-ups and in the Overstrand we had been doing much to bin trash and keep our environment as clean as possible. We have photos from ...

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Things To Do in Stanford in Winter

Winter is our secret season as the weather holds up and allows for hikes along the Klein River and a stroll around town browsing at the many antique shops. Wine, beer, gin and grappa tasing is an add-on when coffee is simply not...

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Between mountain and sea

I count myself fortunate to have been able to experience the natural beauty of the Kogelberg, both as a child and an adult, working with WWF South Africa to secure as much as possible of its biodiversity and surrounds for the benefit of...

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I♥️Hermanus

I ♥️ Hermanus campaign started as an online campaign with the creation of many colourful murals in the CBD and at businesses in Onrus and Voëlklip. The local community and visitors opted in and have been sharing photographs taken against the wall art...

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Gansbaai, South Africa: The Complete Guide

Located in the Overberg District of South Africa’s spectacularly beautiful Western Cape province, Gansbaai is a popular tourist destination on the Cape Whale Coast. Although it made its mark in decades past as an important fishing town, it is now famous for its...

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Carina Bruwer – 1st to swim across Walker Bay

Capetonian musician Carina Bruwer partnered with Tribuo Artist Relief Fund to become the first person to swim 21km across Walker Bay from Hermanus Old Harbour to Stanford’s Cove. She completed this swim in a time of 6:36 with water temperatures ranging between 17.5...

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Trip Planner

Planning a trip to Stanford? Here are a few ideas to get you going. Did you know Grootbos is only 2 hours away from Cape Town and promises a retreat in nature to nurture any ailment ...

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A TRIP FOR TWO: CANDICE MODISELLE & MELO MAOKA HIT HERMANUS

Spend the day in Hermanus with multi-faceted media personality, Candice Modiselle and her close friend and radio host, Melo Maoka, on their adventure-packed girls day out. The beautiful coastal town of Hermanus sets the scene for an Insider SA adventure with two great friends, Candice Modiselle and Melo Maoka....

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A busy season lies ahead

With the summer holidays suddenly upon us it seems as if the Overstrand can look forward to a bumper season, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. “Accommodation facilities across all our towns are reporting bookings for the whole of the extended holiday period that runs into...

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Cape Whale Coast Restaurants taking Safe Eats Pledge

With the hard lockdown restrictions still fresh in mind and a real fear of a second wave of COVID-19 infections hitting the Overstrand, Tourism developed a Safe Eats Pledge stating 8 operational measures that make restaurants safer. And COVID compliant. The pledge was rolled...

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Hidden treasure in Walker Bay

Marx Möhr, owner of local diving company Neptune’s Divers and Cruises found what seems to be the wreckage of a historic ship not too far from Hermanus’s Old Harbour. https://thevillagenews.co.za/hidden-treasure-in-walker-bay/?fbclid=IwAR0uBc94VeQFdG847pmlouoty89HJylvfnd0l9k4FYbbKhC4DiUkB8EkNQw...

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The great Overberg Pie Debate

Who knew pies could be as polarizing as politics? Surely it's just something to scoff on a road trip? But when it comes to picking a pie in the Overberg, tempers flare, insults fly and friendships are put on hold.  ...

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Sustainable use of land vital for fynbos protection

  Established in 1991, the Flower Valley Conservation Trust is making sure that it creates a fynbos-filled future for life and livelihoods. The trust is a non-profit organisation based on Flower Valley Farm, just outside Gansbaai. It focuses on fynbos protection in natural landscapes...

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Over the hills and far away

  Over the hills and far away Prolific travel writer Richard Holmes' globetrotting may be on hold, but when lockdown rules were relaxed, he headed straight for the N2 to rediscover these Overberg institutions and a few hidden gems, all open for business Continue Reading...

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2020 Absa Top 10 Pinotage

Stanford winery, Springfontein, made it to the finals of the annual Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition. The Single Vineyard Jonathan's Ridge Pinotage 2016 is made by local winemaker Tariro Masayiti from fruit grown on Springfontein under the wine of origin appellation of Walker...

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Hermanus Ready to Welcome Visitors – Travel Local SA

HERMANUS READY TO WELCOME VISITORS - TRAVEL LOCAL SA This week visitors to Hermanus will be welcomed by a tablecloth-and-bedding banner, displayed in the Old Harbour. This “hospitality flag”, stitched together from squeaky clean linen by tourism business owners, is a warm invitation to...

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On the Trail – Hermanus, South Africa

Overstrand Hermanus gained status as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in 2019. Our food and beverages that range from wine to beer, gin, grappa and mineral water are no secret and the National Geographic has a special feature on our region and...

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The most charming towns and small cities in South Africa

South Africa is home to a diverse landscape that comprises everything from pristine beaches, rugged mountains and craggy cliffs, to dense forests, crystal-clear lagoons and lush winelands. Interspersed around this varied topography are a vast number of towns and cities, each boasting their...

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Overstrand gets nod from UNESCO

The Overstrand has a brand-new and unique accolade to add to its already impressive list of reasons why the Whale Coast is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) last week announced that...

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Hermanus eyed for Unesco Status

Hermanus has applied to become South Africa’s first Unesco City of Gastronomy. The bid is led by former head of Afrikaans at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Darryl David, who believes the town has the potential to win. In 2017, he also led the bid...

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Share the Love

Tourism Month is an annual celebration held in September to focus on the importance of tourism to the economy of the Overstrand. During this month there’s an amplified focus on the importance of tourism to the local economy. It also serves as an...

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Gansbaai Penguin Project

GANSBAAI’S PENGUIN PROJECT It’s not all black and white for penguins - in fact, some rather colourful penguins have made their home in Gansbaai in the Western Cape of South Africa. The objective of Gansbaai’s Penguin Campaign is to create an interest in Gansbaai's attractions by...