|The Whale Coast Collection||
The Overberg is a beautiful Region in the Western Cape of South Africa, and back when the first settlers started exploring the inland of South Africa, it was very difficult for them to reach the area, as the only way was to travel over the mountains and so received the name Overberg (over the mountain).
Hermanus Pieters, local traveler, traveled from farm to farm making a living for himself from Teaching and Herding sheep. Hermanus never stayed in one place for to long but found himself farming near a small town in the Overerg called Caledon in 1855 facing a very hot summer. Hermanus had heard that if you follow the trail of the Elephants through the Valley of ‘Hemel and Aarde’ you will reach the coast line of the Overberg (Today known as the whale Coast). In search of water & grazing for his herd Hermanus set off. Hermanus set up camp close to a fresh water spring he found that later became known as Hermanuspietersfontein. As the rumor of the place started to spread more and more people started coming.
Today travelling from Cape Town you have two options of reaching the Whale Coast. The beautiful Clerence drive also known as the Whale Coast Route. Starting from Gordon’s Bay with the most beautiful and scenic views passing small villages like Rooi Els, Pringle Bay, Betty's Bay (home to a colony of African penguins), and Kleinmond taking you all the way to Hermanus. Leaving you only with a short drive from Gansbaai where the Great White Sharks rule the waters. The second route is the N2 highway through Sir Lowry’s Pass descending onto a beautiful countryside of orchards, Elgin Valley is well known for its production of fruit and is also one of South Africa’s biggest production areas for exporting fruit.
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