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Baardscheerders Bosch
Baardskeerdersbos view from Perdekop.jpg
Baardskeerdersbos is located in Western Cape
 Baardskeerdersbos shown within Western Cape
Baardskeerdersbos is located in South Africa
Baardskeerdersbos (South Africa)
Baardskeerdersbos is located in Africa
Baardskeerdersbos (Africa)
Coordinates: 34°35′20″S 19°34′15″E / 34.58889°S 19.57083°E / -34.58889; 19.57083Coordinates: 34°35′20″S 19°34′15″E / 34.58889°S 19.57083°E / -34.58889; 19.57083
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Overberg
Municipality Overstrand
 • 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)[1]
 • Black African 1.9%
 • Coloured 10.7%
 • White 87.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 66.0%
 • English 33.0%
 • Other 1.0%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Postal code (street) 7271
PO box 7271
Area code 028

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]


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.


The name "Baardskeerdersbos" in Afrikaans or "Baardscheerders Bosch" in the original Dutch literally means "Beard Shaver's Forest". The accepted explanation for this name is that a species of solifuge inhabits the area, and that this arachnid is referred to as a "beard shaver" because it cuts hair to use for nest-building.[2] The well-known cartographer and writer Peter Slingsby wrote a book entitled "Beard Shaver’s Bush: Place Names in the Cape" (ISBN 0-620-24965-X) which discusses the origin of this and many other place names.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Main Place Baardskeerdersbos". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Baardskeerdersbos destinations to visit". Gansbaai Info. Gansbaai Tourism Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  3. ^ Original land grant diagram for farm Baarscheerders Bosch No. 213 Bredasdorp, Surveyor-General Cape Town diagram 571/1831 (TIFF).