What are the most popular attractions in the Overberg?

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Annual VisitorsRank

? [1]1Cape Agulhas southernmost tip
Twice as unique! It's the southernmost tip of the African continent and where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.  Read more

83,173 [2]2Stony Point penguin colony, Bettys Bay
One of only two shore-based breeding colonies of African penguins in South Africa.

64,405 [3]3Old Harbour Museum Complex, Hermanus.
A provincial heritage site. It is unique in that apparently it is one of only two fishing harbours in the world that has been conserved intact.

63,635 [4]4Kleinbaai harbour, Gansbaai
It's not the harbour they come for, but to see Great White sharks up close and personal!  The visitor stats are for people who paid to go out to sea. Read more

50,826 [5]5Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, Bettys Bay
It consists of 10 hectares of cultivated fynbos garden and 190.5 hectares of pristine natural fynbos.

38,000+[6]6Hermanus Wine Route
Hemel-en-Aarde Valley is definitely worth a visit for great wines and food.

16,140 [7]7De Hoop Nature Reserve

13,933 [8]8Bontebok National Park

11,407 [9]9Agulhas National Park

6,920 [10]10De Mond Nature Reserve



Notes on the visitor stats

It seems no-one collects accurate stats for visitor numbers to Africa's southernmost tip, surely an iconic destination! How can tourism authorities manage what they can't measure? 
Stony Point penguin colony: Wesgro/SANparks stats for 2013. Access to this reserve is R10 per person. 
Old Harbour Museum complex: Overstrand Municipality's visitor stats are for April-December 2012. 
Kleinbaai: Overstrand Municipality stats from Kleinbaai Harbour for shark diving/viewing excursions in 2012. 
Harold Porter: Overstrand Municipality's visitor stats are for 2012. 
Hermanus Wine Route: Creation Wines alone (at the end of the Route on a dirt road currently being tarred) drew 38,000 visitors in 2013. Hermanuspietersfontein's Saturday market drew 34,000 people. The 38,000 is a conservative figure but, in the absence of a global figure for all estates, which doesn't double count visitors, it does show that the Route is a significant attraction in the region. 
De Hoop: Wesgro/Sub-Regional Tourism Offices stats for 2013. 
Bontebok National Park: Wesgro/SANparks stats for 2013. During 2011 it peaked at 14,899 and numbers have dropped since. 
Agulhas National Park: Wesgro/SANparks stats for 2013. During 2011 it peaked at 30,685 and numbers have dropped since. 
De Mond: Wesgro/Sub-Regional Tourism Offices stats for 2013. 
Kogelberg: Wesgro/Sub-Regional Tourism Offices stats for 2013. 

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