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Stanford

In 1729, a farmer from Caledon, Juriaan Appel, first saw the land at the foot of the Akkedis Mountains at the south-east end of a wide, fertile plain that culminated in the sea. He received a government permit to graze his cattle and sheep on the land. Over the years the grazing permit changed hands…


Ghost Ships

The makers of maps that show the shipwrecks along the South African coast must have struggled to deal with the coast of the Southern Overberg. Between Danger Point to the west and Cape Infanta, the outer eastern point of De Hoop Nature Reserve, about 140 shipwrecks are mapped. Most of these shipwrecks are concentrated around…


Kleinmond

The south-western corner of the Overberg district is a jewel that for centuries was isolated from the rest of the Western Cape. Dutch colonists crossed the Hottentots Holland mountains near the modern Sir Lowry’s Pass and moved onwards “over the mountains” to the east, bypassing the jumble of forbidding mountains and deep valleys to the…


Khoisan

An ancient world submerged as an African Atlantis* The implications of DNA studies are that everyone in the world today can trace their ancestry back to an African origin. The unity of the human species is remarkable. H.J. and Janette Deacon, Human beginnings in South Africa, 1999 ** History in this part of the world…


Ghost Ships

Seven shipwrecks surround Danger Point Peninsula and 140 wrecks are dotted along the shores between Danger Point and Cape Infanta. The highest concentrations of shipwrecks can be found around Cape Agulhas, Arniston and Quoin Point. Yet Danger Point was given the most impressive name. Perhaps it is an applicable name for the spot where the…


History of teh Area

During the municipal demarcation process in 2000, the four diverse municipalities of Gansbaai, Stanford, Greater Hermanus and Hangklip-Kleinmond, each with its own character, were united and suddenly share a destiny. Despite its proximity to Cape Town, the area has remained isolated for many years. Topography played a role in this isolation because the rugged Hottentots-Holland…


Hermanus

The town of Hermanus “proper” sits on the western cove of Walker Bay between magnificent sea cliffs and the Olifantsberg. Hermanus Pieters, an itinerant teacher of Caledon farmers’ children, was the first permanent resident in the early 1800s. Having come across a fresh spring and greener pastures he settled on the shore of this enchanting…


Danger Point LightHouse

Nine kilometres from the village of Gansbaai on a scenic route along the coast of the Birkenhead Peninsula you will find the historic  Danger Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse was commissioned on 1 January 1895 after the tragic sinking of the HMS Birkenhead Troopship, on the dreadful night of 26 February 1852. This amazing building with…


Whale Crier Hermanus

Hermanus has the only Whale Crier in the world. The Whale Crier walks through the streets of Hermanus blowing codes on his kelp horn to tell people where whales have been seen. The key to these code is on the sandwich board he wears. The Whale Crier walks about from 10am to 4pm every day…


Spookhuis

For over a century, people have sailed across the lagoon or traveled the old ox-wagon to visit the abandoned “Spookhuis” (Afrikaans for Spook House). Some camped on the grassy shore by the old stone homestead and told scary stories in the moonlit nights. Evidence of their passage is seen engraved throughout the plaster walls, one…


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