NOW YOU KNOW IT – BAARDSKEERDERSBOS

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Baardskeerdersbos or B’bos as its locally known as is a small village in the heart of the Overberg. It has a population of about 100 people.

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 (Rooi Roman in Afrikaans) inhabits the area and that this arachnid (Spider Family) is referred to as a “beard shaver” because it cuts hair to use for nest-building.

The Dutch Reformed Church of B’bos holds the world-renowned Skaapkop Fees every November where people come from far and wide to enjoy the more “delicate meat” of sheep.

Have you ever visited B’bos? What was your fondest memory of this town?

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