Dwarskersbos.

After a 5 week break I am now back on the road to continue my voyage of discovery round the coast of South Africa. I ended off at Vensterklip, just outside of Elands Bay , and am now at Dwarskersbos which is the next coastal town on the road south and  about 160 km’s from  Cape Town.

Dwarskersbos – a kersbos is a candle bush and dwars means across (pushed over by the wind) – is situated in the centre of the  St Helena Basin and  about 12 km’s north of Laaiplek on the R27.

This is a Kersbos consisting of 3 or 4 bushes clumped together.
This is  Kersbos consisting of 3 or 4 bushes clumped together.

The town was founded in 1920 on a Sandveld farm  called Dwarskersbos owned by the Smit family and even today most of the original farm is still owned by them. On the 23rd August a huge tidal wave, thought to be caused by the Tulbach earthquakes,  submerged most of the town. In 1974 Dwarkersbos got electrical power and in 1983 a new development was started next to the caravan park on the northern side of the town.

Lay out of the older part of the town.
Lay out of the older part of the town.

As you can see all of the houses are on the seaside of the R27 road and it was only recently that a housing development was built on the other side of the road.

There are some pretty big holiday houses.
There are some pretty big holiday houses.

I am guessing that there are about 300 houses of which at least 2/3rds are holiday homes.

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Original boundary poles to the south of the town.

The beaches go on for miles north and south of the town.
The beaches go on for miles north and south of the town.

Quite a house for a holiday home.
Quite a house for a holiday home.

Some unusual architcture. I waited to see if there might be a damsel with long hair at the top window.
Some unusual architecture. I waited to see if there might be a damsel with long hair at the top window.
This is the development on the other side of the road. All the rooves are covered with thatch.
This is the development on the other side of the road.
In the background is the only general dealer in the town
In the background is the only general dealer in the town
The only restaurant in town which is up for sale at R2.5 million.
The only restaurant in town which is up for sale at R2.5 million.
Another pretty large home.
Another pretty large home.
Inventive people - is this the latest South African TV arial?
Inventive people – is this the latest South African TV areal?

There is massive development taking place on the north side of the town.

There is massive development taking place on the north side of the town.

I think one could negotiate pretty good deals right now.

I think one could negotiate pretty good deals right now.

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For most of the year there are probably only 300 or 400 hundred residents in the town but I am told that come the holiday season the place is packed to the rafters. Whales can often be seen near the coast and attract many visitors and the town has become well known for its fishing and other water sports. There is also excellent bird watching at the famous Rocher Pan, with its over 150 bird species, which can be reached via a walking trail from Dwarskersbos.

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