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DAY-TRIPS FROM HERMANUS

Arniston
is best known for the 200-year old restored fishing village of Kassiesbaai. The cottages are still inhabited by present-day fishermen. A national monument in its entirety, this historical village with its inhabitants has stolen the hearts of numerous artists and photographers.

Betty's Bay
Betty's Bay is situated along the scenic Clarence Drive route. Formerly a whaling station, it is now home to the beautiful Harold Porter National Botanical Garden and a colony of endangered jackass penguins at the Stony Point Reserve. The African penguin colonizes offshore islands and nests on the mainland only at three places in South Africa. The Harold Porter Botanical Garden lies in the mountains behind the village. Walk, hike, stroll or just visit the tea garden. Here, the visitor is able to wander over smooth lawns, bridges and water features, identifying the indigenous flowers on the way or walk on the mountain slopes between natural fynbos. At Stony Point the remains of the old whaling station, (1912 to 1930), can still be seen.

Caledon
is known as the 'Capital of the Overberg'. The town of Caledon owes its origin to the hot water springs on the slopes of the Klein Swartberg. The early Khoi-Khoi people discovered the springs long before Europeans came to the Cape. Only after the settlers arrived did the Caledon springs become increasingly famous. Are you seeking an opportunity to relax, unwind and indulge in the pleasures and benefits of the refreshing country atmosphere of South Africa's oldest hot springs resort? Then visit the Caledon Casino, Hotel & Spa, which is the main attraction for visitors to Caledon. The other major asset of Caledon is the world-renowned wild flower garden and reserve. The 56 ha garden is notable for its wonderful variety of indigenous flowers, superb examples of one of the richest flora in the world.

Elim
On entering Elim, the historical charm of the town will be immediately evident. This impoverished rural town was founded in 1963 by the Moravian Church of South Africa, and most of the buildings date back to the 19th Century. As you are walking through these streets, be sure to take a look around the local museum where you can get a further taste of the town's history. If you are passing through on a Sunday, attending the local Church is a must. The Elim Brass Band plays here as well as selected festivals. Church starts at 10:30 sharp - don't be late and miss this spectacular show!

Genadendal
Just outside Greyton lies the quaint old Moravian Mission Station of Genadendal. Genadendal, six kilometers outside Greyton, is the first and oldest mission station in South Africa. Genadendal ('Valley of Grace') was founded by George Schmidt, an early worker of the Moravian Missionary Society in 1738 who settled in Baviaans Kloof (Ravine of the Baboons) in the Riviersonderend Valley. An artist's and photographer's dream, the entire village has been declared a national monument, including the Moravian clock and church and old watermilI (1833).

L'Agulhas
L'Agulhas is the southern-most town in Africa. Being located at the very tip of the legendary foot of Africa, it is a prime tourist destination. As determined by the International Hydrographic-Organization, the strong Agulhas stream of the Indian ocean and the cold Benguela stream of the Atlantic ocean meet south of Cape Agulhas Lighthouse.

Stanford
situated on the Klein River, is a village known for its rich history in the true South African tradition, but with evident British influence. It dates back to 1729 when a farmer from Caledon discovered the land and made application and received a grazing permit to graze his cattle and sheep on the land. The grazing permit changed hands several times until Robert Stanford bought the land in 1838. This town is definitely worth visiting with its historic buildings.

Swellendam
is the third oldest magisterial district in South Africa after Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Nestling in a valley beneath the spectacular peaks of the Langeberg Mountain, is a charming town with a fascinating history. Visit the Drostdy Museum Complex and spend some time at the Wildebraam Liqueur Farm for tasting and berry picking in season. Swellendam offers attractions rich in heritage and culture, architecture, wildlife and outdoor adventure. Ancient oak trees and stately white washed homesteads add charm.

Villiersdorp
Known as the "Sleeping Beauty" of the Overberg or "The Pearl of the Overberg", it is a tranquil town graced by oak trees and surrounded by fruit and wine orchards. Villiersdorp is the center of a prosperous apple-growing region, which also produces grapes, onions, peaches and apricots. It is surrounded by mountains and the magnificent Theewaterskloof Dam.