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Baardskeerdersbos

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Dec 15, 2021

Baardskeerdersbos (or Baardscheerders Bosch, locally known as B’bos) is a village in the Overberg region of the Western Cape province of South Africa. According to the 2011 census it has a population of 103 residents.[1]

Place in Western Cape, South Africa
Baardskeerdersbos
Baardscheerders Bosch
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Coordinates:

34°35′20″S19°34′15″E

Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Overberg
Municipality Overstrand
Area

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  Total 1.10 km2 (0.42 sq mi)
Elevation

100 m (300 ft)
Population

 (2011)[1]
  Total 103
  Density 94/km2 (240/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)

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  Black African 1.9%
  Coloured 10.7%
  White 87.4%
First languages (2011)

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  Afrikaans 66.0%
  English 33.0%
  Other 1.0%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
7271
PO box
7271
Area code 028

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Houses on the main street
View of the village from across the Boesmansrivier valley

Baardskeerdersbos is located 20 kilometres (12 mi) east of Gansbaai on the Gansbaai–ElimBredasdorp road. It lies on the southern slopes of a mountain called Perdekop (“Horse Hill“), at the base of the Boskloof (“Forest Gorge“) through which a small river flows south off the mountain. Just south of the village the Boesmansrivier (“Bushman‘s River“) flows from east to west; the Boskloof stream flows into this river.

The first reference to this area by Europeans dates to 1660, when Jan van Riebeek sent an expedition to explore the Overberg.[2] The farm “Baarscheerders Bosch” number 213 in the Bredasdorp registration district, which included the village and the surrounding farmland and hillside, was surveyed for a Phillip Fourie Senior in 1831; that original farm has since been subdivided considerably into separate farms, smallholdings and plots.[3] The current church in Baardskeerdersbos was built in 1921 and is a National Monument. For a long time the village remained rural and undisturbed, but recently it has been discovered as a quiet getaway particularly for residents of Cape Town; several new houses have been built, and several more renovated.

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