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Baardskeerdersbos is first mentioned in writing dating back to 1660: an expedition-team of five men send by the founder of the Cape Colony, Jan van Riebeeck, reported on the valley and its KhoiKhoi-residents. No boubt the little expedition will have spend the night in the open air and will have encoutered the small spider-like creatures called “Baardscheerders” famous for cutting human hair for nest-making purposes. Hence the mouthful that is the name of the village: Baardscheerdersbos. Today the village is known as Baardskeerdersbos or more intimately “B-bos”.

The fertile Baardskeerdersbos Valley in the Hart of the Overberg is one of the most undisturbed and original areas of this region. It is a rural drive of 25km from Gansbaai en-route to the most southern point of the African continent, Cape-Agulhas. Meandering past streams and through a hilly and constantly changing landscape, the drive to B-bos is in itself a treat. Apart from the traditional cattle farms and horse-steads, bright-green vineyards and multicoloured flower-farms mark the landscape of the Baardskeerdersbos Valley. B-bos is also home to several pristine and rare fynbos habitats of the original “Cape Floral Kingdom”.

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