Overberg Towns Origin

The History of Fisherhaven

The History of Fisherhaven

Fisherhaven arose from the Afdaks River farm  - Fisherhaven is a small town in the Western Cape, South Africa on the banks of the Bot River lagoon

Genadendal - A small village with a mission in South Africa

Genadendal - A small village with a mission in South Africa

Genadendal translated to English and known as Valley of Grace and was established in 1738 by George Schmidt, a German Missionary, sent by the United Brethren (Moravian Church) to preach the gospel to the Khoi.

Hawston and it

Hawston and it's history

Close to Hermanus, the town of Hawston with its long, white unspoilt beach lies cosily between the sea and the mountain.  Named after C.R. Haw, a civil commissioner of Caledon.


Struisbaai was named after vogelstruise(ostriches) that roamed in the area.

Elim Mission Station

Elim Mission Station

Elim was founded by German missionaries in 1824 and is inhabited only by Moravian church members.

Gansbaai and it

Gansbaai and it's origin

Gansbaai is named after the Egyptian geese, who visited on the farm farm "Strandfontein" (Fountain on the beach)

Kleinmond and it's origin

Kleinmond share a fascinating history of the early Khoekhoe people being a safe haven for runaway slaves, pirates, whalers in 1900's and fisher folk.

Cape Whale Coast Route

Close to the very tip of Africa, just outside Cape Town, you will find the Cape Whale Coast. This stretch of the South African coastline that runs from  Rooiels in the west to Quoin Point in the East and is flanked by mesmerising mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Cape Whale Route is a superb outdoor adventure family holiday destination. Incorporating towns such as Betty’s Bay, Kleinmond, Hermanus, Pringle Bay, Stanford and Gansbaai, the route offers some of the best land-based whale-watching spots on the planet, as well as many activities for the whole family.

The main towns of the area are Kleinmond, Hermanus, Stanford and Gansbaai. but the Cape Whale Coast is made up of a collection of villages, farms, rivers, bays, coves and valleys - each filled with their own history, attractions and special magic

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