Salmonsdam Waterfall Hiking Trail

Salmonsdam Waterfall Hiking Trail

salmonsdamThe Salmonsdam Nature Reserve in the Western Cape offers those who love the outdoors a number of walking and hiking trails through the reserve itself.

The Waterfall Trail is a very manageable two kilometre trail that takes only around an hour to complete. It is an out-and-return trail that takes hikers through the magnificent fynbos, endemic to South Africa, as well as Cape beech and spoonwood trees. Bird-watchers should be alert to local species soaring overhead.

The picturesque waterfall is a welcome retreat for any hikers that need to cool off in its crystal waters. Beautiful photographs and lifelong memories are guaranteed.

WHERE: Salmonsdam Nature Reserve, between Stanford and Hermanus, Cape Overberg, Western Cape

WHEN: Daylight hours

DISTANCE: 2km.

HOW: Call Cape Nature on +27 (0)21 483-0190

HOW MUCH: Price on request

Attractions

Attractions

AttracionsThe Overberg in the Western Cape offers you beaches and secluded coves stretching for kilometers along the coast, the southern most point of Africa where two oceans meet, the heart of the Whale Coast, symmetrical swatches of rich farmlands set off by rugged mountains, beautiful Fynbos landscapes and a cultural melting pot with legendary hospitality.

The history of the Overberg is rich and full of life which is celebrated in its many museums some so comprehensive that they occupy entire villages, such as the completely preserved mission stations of Elim and Genadendal.

Each of the towns in the Overberg region have something different to offer.

The Overberg coast, also called the ‘Whale Coast”, has the distinction of splitting two oceans. At Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of the continent, the waters are cleaved into the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. More than 120 ships that were wrecked on the Overberg’s’ coastline tell their own story. A Shipwreck Museum in Bredasdorp is dedicated to those unfortunate ships.

Highlights of the Overberg include:
Bontebok National Park
Whale Watching
De Hoop Nature Reserve
Agulhas National Park
The very popular Hermanus
Small coastal towns such as Gansbaai and Kleinmond

The diversity of the natural environment in the Overberg is accompanied by an unsurpassed wealth of indigenous plants and animals. The region lies in the heart of the famous Cape Floristic Region with its well-known fynbos (fine-leafed) vegetation.

Although fynbos is the smallest floral kingdom in the world, it has an amazing diversity of 8 600 plant species. Many of these species are endemic and found nowhere else in the world.

A similar variety of animal species includes many mammals, a wealth of birds, as well as reptiles, amphibians and terrestrial invertebrates, not to mention aquatic invertebrates and fish.

The Blue Crane is South Africa’s national bird and is restricted as a breeding species to this country. About fifteen years ago, pastures were developed on a large scale in the Overberg and a man-made habitat was created that was crane friendly. About half the remaining Blue Crane population has found a sanctuary here.

The region can be approached from the Cape Peninsula over the dramatic Sir Lowry’s Pass along the N2 national road, by a coastal road carved from the sea cliffs from Gordon’s Bay, through the Kogelberg Biosphere – the only one in South Africa – or be journeyed into from other regions of the Western Cape Province such as the Winelands, the Garden Route, the Breede River and the Klein Karoo.

Perlemoen Hiking Trail

Perlemoen Hiking Trail

perlemoentrailThe Perlemoen Green Flag slackpacking trail, centred around South Africa’s famous Great White shark cage diving and whale watching capital of Gansbaai, basically consists of three days’ hiking (with alternative shorter as well as self-catering options). The trail provides fascinating insight into the area – famous for its shipwrecks and infamous for its Perlemoen (abalone) poaching! This is a trail for whale watchers, fynbos lovers and cultural enthusiasts with wide open beaches, intimate coves for swimming, sea cliffs with pounding waves and limestone caves.
For more information please visit their website: www.perlemoentrail.com

Fire Warning

Fire Warning

Greater Overberg Fire Prevention Association issued the following warning on the 2016-01-20 at 10am:

The following areas classified as VERY DANGEROUS (Please report any indication of a fire to 028 425 1690):
– Grabouw
– Hermanus
– Swellendam

Fire

Hidden Gems in Hermanus

Hidden Gems in Hermanus

Hermanus is one of the gems of the Whale Coast, and is characterized by lush rolling hills, a wine route of its own, salty ocean air, and eclectic and artsy shops. If you’re weekending at this coastal town, then read on to discover some of our favourite spots in this little piece of heaven on earth.

Area Exploration and Leisure:

Village SquareVillage Square and the adjacent outdoor market have numerous quirky shops that you could spend all day browsing through. Everything from handcrafted jewellery, décor, and crockery to eats, clothing, and souvenirs are available.

 

 

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Pack ‘n Bake, in Sandbaai, have the best cupcakes available along the coast. Here, you can stock up on any baking products you need or enrol in cupcake and icing classes, held throughout the year, to help hone your own baking and decorating skills.

 

 

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Grotto Beach is a great spot for families with an idyllic sandy beach and swimming opportunities. Picnic here, head to one of the nearby restaurants once you’re done sunning for the day.

 

 

 

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The Whale House Museum in the Old Harbour is a good educational trip for families. Despite being quite small and dimly lit, you’ll get a good overview of the behemoth mammals that swim in the deep. The miniature two-person submarine is quite a hit with children.

 

 

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Hermanus Rocks is a wonderful place regardless of your age. Browse the semi-precious stones available, while children have a ball collecting their own from the scratch-patch.

Fernkloof Nature Reserve is well suited for outdoor lovers with numerous picnic spots and hiking trails. The coastal view is outstanding and you could definitely spend a day listening to gull calls and watching whales playing in the waves.

Wine and Dine:

HA-Wine-Route.-By-Roseanna-McBainThe Hemel-en-Aarde Wine Valley’s name literally means ‘heaven on earth’, and it’s easy to see why It is home to the Hermanus Wine Route, and every little farm stall and expansive wine estate within it provides views of the beautiful valley. Some worthwhile wine estates to visit include:

 

 

Hermanus-Area-Overview.-By-Roseanna-McBain-32Whalehaven: a top wine tasting venue with gorgeous views

Creation Wines: has won numerous awards for incredible food & wine pairings

Domaine des Dieux: the Rose of Sharon wine is reason enough to visit – as well as being the only Method Cap Classique producing estate in the region

Sun downers and coastal views:

With over 83 eateries in Hermanus, we’ve rounded up our top picks for those after a sea view.

Cocos-drinks-and-view-C-Cocos-HermanusCocos Island Grill and Cocktail Bar is a great choice for families looking to eat out, as they offer live music, good food, and whale watching opportunities. They provide a selection of 10 naturally brewed beers on tap, several choice wines, and as the name suggests, a plethora of cocktails to try.

 

 

Harbour-Rock-Hermanus-C-Harbour-Rock-Hermanus1Harbour Rock Sea Grill and Sushi Bar provides class, crayfish, and fine dining, with beautiful views of the Hermanus harbour. Best of all, they’re open for breakfast, lunch, and supper! With an extensive wine list, a cosy fireplace, and a patio perfect for languid meals outdoors, they’re a great choice for any occasion. Catch whales calving in the bay during season.

 

 

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If you’ve had one too many cocktails, call Tuk Tuk Transport Service on +27 (0)846 885 885. They will ensure you arrive safely drive back at your accommodation.

 

 

 

Farm Fresh:

There are three main farmer’s markets held in Hermanus every Saturday morning, where you can wander around with a cup of coffee in hand, browsing the various items available.

Cricket-club-market2.-By-Roseanna-McBainHermanus Country Market is held every Saturday between 09h00 – 13h00, at the Hermanus cricket grounds. It’s great for families, with plenty of food and souvenirs.

 

 

 

Live-music-at-the-Hermanus-HA-market.-By-Roseanna-McBainFernkloof Farmers Market, held behind the Montessori School has a large selection of fresh produce, preserves, indigenous plants, and freshly baked bread.

 

 

 

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Market in the Garden is found within the Hemel-en-Aarde Wine Village, and is available every Saturday from 09:00 – 14:00. It’s a trendy upbeat place surrounded by art galleries, which remains family – and pet – friendly. Enjoy a live performer, tasty eats, and unique items for sale.

 

 

Information Source: TravelGround

Seasons Greetings

Seasons Greetings

seasons greetings

The Overberg Property blog and Chas Everitt would like to wish all the Overberg residents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Chas Everitt Hermanus office hours are as follows:

24 December – Open till 13:00
25 December – Office Closed
26 December – Office Closed
31 December – Open till 13:00
01 January – Office Closed

 

 

Show Time in Bettys Bay

Show Time in Bettys Bay

bbhouseQuaint and cosy cottage 50 steps to nearest beach path with both a roofed patio leading to immaculate garden and open patio with built-in braai overlooking marine area and towards Stoney Point. Knotty pine ceilings and staircase, fabulous entertainment space upstairs with billiard table. Read more about this Bettys Bay property for sale

 

 

 

Showhouses this Sunday, 13 December 2015 from 2pm – 5pm.

For more information contact Chas Everitt agent Karon Scholefield-Engelke on 082 322 6722 or email karon.s@everitt.co.za

A Happy Haven

A Happy Haven

hermanusHermanus, well-known for its whale watching season and breath-taking scenery. Situated only 90 minutes drive from Cape Town along the Whale Coast Route. This seaside village promises to charm visitors and locals all year round.

Hermanus offers accommodation to suite any persons budget. Establishments range from hotels and guest houses, to back packers and camping, to five-star homely accommodation. Those wishing to permanently stay in Hermanus have a wide variety of property to invest in with many property styles available.

There are over 300 different activities to do in Hermanus – another reason to keep any local or tourist happy. Activities vary from shark cage diving, abseiling, treetop tours, quad biking or tee off at the 27 hole Hermanus Golf Course. Hermanus has its own wine route, art route, specialty shops and boutiques. One can also escape to nature and breathe the crisp and clean air along our spectacular cliff paths. Enjoy the diverse floral fynbos kingdom while hiking or biking in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve or soak up the sun on one of our pristine Blue Flag beaches.

Hermanus is a first class investment area and attracts property buyers from all over South Africa and overseas. An important fact to remember is that Hermanus‘ population is primarily made up of 65% permanent residents unlike many coastal towns which are own by holiday ownership communities.

Hermanus has nearly every amenity of a large city, yet with the luxury of privacy and remarkable leisure at your doorstep.

Contact Chas Everitt Hermanus estate agents on 028 316 2466 for expert insight and unparalleled experience when it comes to purchasing your dream home in Hermanus today.

Show Time in Bettys Bay

Show Time in Bettys Bay

What a gem: 

Bettys Bay propertyPlastered single storey three bedroom home with main en-suite. General bathroom, built in cupboards, tiled and carpeted throughout. Open plan living area. Gas hob for those load shedding blues. Single garage. Fabulous fynbos garden with irrigation. North facing roofed stoep. Included are living area curtains.

Read more

 

Pristine Wooden Wonder:

 SC181_ZZ00008685_01Corner plot close to Stoney Point and beach paths. Stunning views of the Koegelberg from deck and living areas to the north and sea views to the south from kitchen, main bedroom and back deck.
Absolutely nothing to be done, it has all been done. Well-maintained and wendy house is a bonus.

 

 

For more information contact Chas Everitt agent Karon Scholefield-Engelke on 082 322 6722 or email karon.s@everitt.co.za

 

*Showhouses are this Sunday 15 November 2015, from 2pm – 5pm.
Our Favourite Five Restaurants in Hermanus

Our Favourite Five Restaurants in Hermanus

The Chas Everitt Team from Hermanus have put together a list of their top five favourite restaurant hot spots for you to enjoy with your friends and family in Hermanus.

The Eatery Hermanus

number1Taste the bounty of fresh, delicious food that their chef prepares from local, in-season ingredients – simple recipes show off these fine ingredients and deliver flavour and wholesome nourishment to your plate. Their sourdough breads are baked on site (Wholewheat, 100% Rye, Ciabatta) and croissants and muffins are baked daily. 

Location: 4 Long Street Arcade 7200 Hermanus, Western Cape
Phone: 028 313 2970

B’s Steakhouse

Number 2Ask anyone in Hermanus which restaurant serves the best steaks in the area, and invariably the answer will be B’s SteakhouseFantastic food & huge portions, great wine list, friendly and efficient staff.

Location:5 Hemel & Aarde Village, Sand Bay 7200
Phone: 028 316 3625

 

 

The Burgundy Restaurant

Number 3Visit Burgundy Restaurant, on the edge of the Walker Bay, only a few metres away the historic Hermanus harbour will leave you with pleasant memories begging for a return visit. The Burgundy team is waiting for you.

Location: 7 Harbour Road, 7200, Hermanus
Phone: 028 312 2800

 

Moggs Country Cookhouse

Number4Located in the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley outside Hermanus. Their family run restaurant is surrounded by mountains, fields, fruit and vines; it is truly a magnificent valley and well worth a visit when you come to Hermanus to enjoy the coastal scenery or taste the wines of the area.

Location: Hemel – en – Aarde Valley, 7200 Hermanus, Western Cape
Phone: 076 314 0671

 

The Barefoot Cook

Number 5Comfort food at it’s best! The menu changes every day depending what’s fresh and in season. The herbs are from Mariclaire’s own garden. Expect a pasta dish, maybe a casserole, delicious fresh salads, an expertly done piece of meat, the freshest fish, and something sweet and satisfying to end off.

Location: 12 Aberdeen Street, Hermanus
Phone: 028 312 4681