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Overberg scenery in january

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Overberg scenery in january


I am going to SA in january to do some landscape photography and I was wondering what the scenery in Overberg looks like in january, is it all green?

I am interested in rural areas, fields and the like.

Regards Henrik.

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1. Re: Overberg scenery in january

Jan is mid summer, essentially no rain. So you do not have the greenness that occurs June- oct. However, you will find that the western coastal section mountains remain green since the vegetation is 'fynbos' (fine bush) which is green all year round. Scenic landscapes would be along the coastal road from Gordon's Bay - Pringle Bay- Betty's Bay- Kleimond- Hermanus- and so on. You may still find pincushions and some Erica flowering. Suggest you visit Harold Porter Nat Botanic garden at Betty's. it is within the Kogelberg Biosphere, a UNESCO registered area with a stunning diversity and large numbers of its flowering plants, some found nowhere else on earth.

At Hermanus and in the Elgin/Grabouw valleys the wineyards will be green and there are good landscape photo opportunities.

The northern and eastern part of the Overberg such as Caledon- Bredasdorp- Riviersonderend- up to Swellenbam is largely undulating

farmland. Predominantly wheat, sheep. The wheat is harvested in spring meaning that the landscape will be 'brown' in Jan. the eastern boundary of Overberg is at the Breede river I.e. at Swellemdam with its majestic mountains. The bontebok park is at Swellendam. The Bontebok is a vari-colored antelope re-introduced successfully where they have flourished from only some 20 in number to a situation whereby they are now able to relocate numbers to other parks.

The De Hoop Nature reserve (between Bredasdorp & Infanta is a coastal fynbos area as well.

The village of Arniston is known for its fisherman's style houses. Nice photo opportunities. Equally the village of Elim dating from 1830 as a Moravian mission station. It's water mill is the oldest in the country and its church clock circa 1764 still keeps time. The southern most tip of Africa is at Agulhas with its lighthouse from 1848 in the style of the famous Pharos light tower near Alexandria in ancient Egypt. The landscape in the Agulhas area is not particularly attractive. But for many it has its own appeal.

Edited: 4:06 am, December 15, 2012
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2. Re: Overberg scenery in january

Well the Overberg is just fantactic for everything and photos to.

Check out Struisbaai, where you feed stingrays.

Check Stilbaai for old homes right on the beach. Drive on the very last Hand drawn pont in Southern Africa next to Witsand.

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3. Re: Overberg scenery in january

The pont across the Breede River is at Malgas.

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