Province; Western Cape
Coordinates ;34°35′20″S 19°34′15″E
Area;1.10 km2
Municipality; Overstrand

In about 1660 Jan van Riebeek sent some men to explore the Overberg. These men encountered a small arachnid that cuts and collects hair for nest building, hence the name Baardscheerdersbos literally ‘beard shavers forest.”
The farm Baardscheerdersbos which was plot 213 in the Bredasdorp district was surveyed in 1831. It has subsequently been divided into smaller plots. The village that grew up in the area has remained small and rural for many years however it has lately been discovered as a getaway destination and some of the buildings are being renovated. The church built in 1921 is a national monument,

Baardscheerdersbos is known not only for its Fynbos habitats and flower farms but also for traditional cattle farming. However there is a more recent trend towards wine making and olive cultivation

Useful Numbers

Police: Gans baai- 028 384 0201

  • Municipality:; Overberg district Bredasdorp 028 425 1157
  • Community hall 028 384 8300
  • Ambulance: 10177
  • Post office; Gaansbaai 028 384 1242
  • Library: Gaansbaai 028 384 8300
  • Closest hospital; Bredasdorp mobile clinic 028 425 1193
  • Municipal clinic Gaansbaai 028 384 1917
  • Pharmacy;Gaansbaai Arrie Nel 028 384 0637
  • SPCA: BARC animal welfare Gaansbaai 083 742 3903
  • Schools: Closest schools are in gaansbaai

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