Baardskeerdersbos was first mentioned in writing dating back to 1660: an expedition- team of five men sent by the founder of the Cape Colony, Jan van Riebeeck,
reported on the valley and its Khokhoi-residents. No doubt, the expedition will have spent the night in the open air and will have encountered the small spider-like
creatures called "Baardscheerders" (beard shavers) famous for cutting human hair for nest-making purposes. Hence the mouthful that is the name of the village:
Baardscheerders Bosch (Beard Shavers Forest). Today the village is known as Baardskeerdersbos (or more intimately: B'bos).
The fertile B'bos Valley in the heart 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 through a hilly and constantly changing landscape, the drive to B'bos itself is a treat. Apart from the traditional cattle farms and horse-steads,
bright-green vineyards and multicoloured flower farms mark the landscape. B'bos is also home to several pristine and rare fynbos habitats of the original "Cape Floral Kingdom".
The church in B'bos was built in 1921 and is an example of beauty by simplicity. Some of the original mud-stone cottages can still be seen in the town. Undoubtedly in time B'bos
will grow but it will always stay a small village of unpretentious people surrounded by awesome nature.
Baardskeerdersbos Boereorkes (farmer's orchestra) of Manie Groenwald is widely known in the world of Afrikaans music. Many people first heard of B'bos after they listened to Manie and his men.
In terms of shops B'bos is not a Mecca, but the village has a general trader on the main road, providing basic necessities. There is also a health and skin-care clinic located here,
a traditional furniture manufacturer, local artists and the Strandveld pub housed in an old school building. They also offer horse riding, cart rides and fynbos guided tours in the area.