A short, but pleasant visit to the Overberg

During the holidays we visited with our good friends, Noel and Shandre Bastiaan, who live in Bredasdorp in the Overberg region.  It is roughly 180 km’s from Cape Town.

Overberg is a district in South Africa to the east of Cape Town beyond the Hottentots-Holland mountains. It lies along the Western Cape Province’s south coast between the Cape Peninsula and the region known as the Garden Route in the east. 


It is really a well-kept coast of rugged, unspoiled beaches.  Because of time restrictions, we could only stay over for one night which meant we had to squeeze in a trip to the beach!  First up was Struisbaai.  We chose a very windy day…nonetheless it was gorgeous!


Struisbaai is in a natural bay and is well known for its 14 kilometers of uninterrupted white beach with safe waters for swimming and long beach walks. Southern Right whales visit from June to December to calve and mate.




After that episode with the wind, we headed home and Noel and Shandre were the perfect hosts.  In true South African style we had “potjie kos”.  In South Africa, potjiekos literally translated “small pot food”, is a stew prepared outdoors. It is traditionally cooked in a round, cast iron, three-legged pot.


In true holiday spirit, Noel has a hammock at the braai area

The next day we headed off to the beach…again! This time to Arniston or Waenhuiskrans.  We had a perfect day…no wind, just sun and surf baby!


Arniston is a small seaside settlement in the Overberg region on the Cape South coast, close to Cape Agulhas, the southern-most tip of Africa. Prior to the loss of the Arniston, it was known as Waenhuiskrans, an Afrikaans name meaning literally “Wagon house cliff”, after a local sea cave large enough to accommodate a wagon and a span of oxen.  read more…


Truly a beautiful beach. Quiet, serene and refreshing.  Thanks to Noel and Shandre for hosting us.  Although not my first time here…definitely one of the highlights of our visit home this year!

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5 thoughts on “A short, but pleasant visit to the Overberg

  1. Melonie Karriem says:

    Well Done lillyloompa! 2posts in as many weeks. Looking forward to many more interesting,inspiring+exciting posts this year xxx

  2. Colline says:

    What a beautiful stretch of beach.

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