Baardskeerdersbos Art Route

The artist's village of Baardskeerdersbos lies on a dirt road somewhere between Stanford and Wolvengat

Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Baardskeerdersbos Art Route

The artist's village of Baardskeerdersbos, more commonly known to locals simply as Bbos, lies on a dirt road somewhere between Stanford and Wolvengat.

Where? Between Stanford and Wolvengat, Western Cape

When? On certain weekends - see website for dates

Overnight? See Baardskeerdersbos accommodation, Western Cape

Most commonly Baardskeerdersbos is accessed via the road that takes you past Grootbos Nature Reserve and Platbos Forest. There is talk of a tarred road through the village soon, and whilst one or two villagers are vehemently opposed, desperate to keep the village's anonymity, others want it tarred for the very reason that it will bring more visitors and increase the chances of eeking out a livelihood in the country.

The little village has attracted a collection of artists at least 12 of them, in fact. Since 2008 the group have opened their homes and their hearts three times a year to introduce people to the local painters, photographers, sculptors, printmakers and ceramicists. Artist Nil Jonker has added bread making courses to the mix, to give the art route an extra bit of flavour.

The Baardskeerdersbos Art Route is a huge success. Every artist has a story to tell; wine, tea, coffee, snacks, veggie meals to share, and of course, their art, which graces the walls of their homes tells a story of its own it's a personal glimpse at how a bunch of unpretentious, yet successful rural artists live.

Artists include Joshua Miles, Andre Bonthuys, Philip John, Nil Jonker, Amanda Jephson and Nikki Miles, and of course a guest artist or two. The fynbos scenery alone will have you drooling and yearning to swop the city life for that of a simple village.

Rural farm village Baardskeerdersbos might be, but the sophisticated artist line-up is an exhilirating way to spend a weekend. Stay in the villages of Stanford, Baardskeerdersbos or Gansbaai, and make sure you take in Platbos Forest en route.

Popular Activities near Baardskeerdersbos Art Route

Platbos Indigenous Forest

Where? Gansbaai
Just off the coast of Gansbaai you will find Africa's southernmost forest. Platbos is an ancient, indigenous forest that lies on the slopes of the Baviaanspoort Hills on the Grootbos Road just outside Stanford, the largest remaining fragment...

More info and contact details: Platbos Indigenous Forest

Grootbos Nature Reserve

Where? Stanford
Grootbos is situated near Walker Bay, where endemic fynbos and dense forests adorn the hills around this area, which attracts spans of visitors who come to the bay to see the whales every year. The Grootbos Nature Reserve occupies 1750 hectares...

More info and contact details: Grootbos Nature Reserve

Did you know?

Baardskeerdersbos is more than an art route, its an experience. One that allows you into the homes and hearts of the artists who live there, each of whom generously share not only their art, but their stories ~ Wanda Coustas.

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