Baardskeerdersbos, Western Cape, South Africa

Take a relaxed drive to an undisturbed valley in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom and you will discover Baardskeerdersbos, a sleepy village that seems to be untouched by the hands of time.

Cattle in the road at BaardskeerdersbosImage: Cattle in the road at Baardskeerdersbos

The directions to Baardskeerdersbos take you about 25km from Gansbaai along a modern tarred road with never-ending views of the beautiful valley.

Restaurant in Baardskeerdersbos
Image: Restaurant in Baardskeerdersbos

Loosely translated from English into Afrikaans, Baardskeerdersbos means ‘beard-shavers-bush’. Some say the town was named after little spiders that liked nesting in the massive beards of explorers who ventured the route, while others say the local barber lived in the bushy area. Whatever the reason for the name, the history of Gansbaai dates back to about 1660 and all those involved in the name-theories are long gone. 

Waterblommetjies for sale at Baardskeerdersbos market
Image: Waterblommetjies for sale at Baardskeerdersbos market

Nowadays, Baardskeerdersbos is fondly-referred to as B’Bos by the locals and the village is home to the Baardskeerdersbos Orkes, a traditional Afrikaans folk band that sings songs about Gansbaai. 

Manie from Baardskeerdersbos Orkes
Image: Manie from the Baardskeerdersbos Orkes 

The Baardskeerdersbos Art Route and the Cape Agulhas Wine Route with its award-winning boutique wine farms have shone a spotlight on the once sleepy town and now bustling market days attract visitors from all over the Western Cape.

Discover new places to eat in Baardskeerdersbos
Images: Discover new places to eat in Baardskeerdersbos

The small, tight-knit community has created more than a handful of restaurants boasting a delicious selection of wholesome cuisine and wines. Other things to do in Baardskeerdersbos include a visit to nearby Elim which was established in 1824 as a Moravian mission station

Sheep at Baardskeerdersbos marketImage: Sheep at Baardskeerdersbos market

Anchored in sprawling landscapes of flowering fynbos, forest-clad hills and valleys with mountain streams feeding the diverse fauna and flora, Baardskerdersbos offers stunning trails for horse-riding, hiking, 4x4 drives and birdwatching. 

Mountain views close to Baardskeerdersbos
Image: Mountain views close to Baardskeerdersbos

Accommodation in Baardskeerdersbos includes a wide selection of self-catering country houses, high-end guesthouses and cute B&Bs. Estate agents in Gansbaai will help you find your dream property in the countryside and are always happy to take you on a tour of the plots of land, smallholdings and farms in the area.

Explore the countryside of Baardskeerdersbos
Image: Explore the countryside of Baardskeerdersbos 

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