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.

12 Comments

  1. justBcoz on October 9th, 2009

    Gosh yes – some pretty big places there! It’s probably a good investment at the moment – any idea of prices?

    And speaking of birds … Michael dropped off that bird book for you this morning.

  2. pbdphoto on October 9th, 2009

    @JustBcoz those 2 houses in the last pic are in the new section called Kersbosstrand, are on the beach front and selling for under 3 million. You can also buy in the developments, second last pic, from about R550,000.00 and upwards.

  3. Hanlie on October 12th, 2009

    I’m so glad you’re back on the road! My friend loves going to Dwarskersbos, but I’ve never been.

  4. Erika on January 4th, 2010

    Just came back from holiday from camping in Dwarskersbos!!!!!!!!!! WOW, what an experience EVERY year!!!! Just keep on going back every year!!!

  5. Louise on January 4th, 2010

    We just returned from holidaying in Dwarskersbos not in the holiday resort but at a private residence, we had a great time, the kids spent sooo much time at the resort that we have decided to actually stay in the resort December 2010.

  6. Peter-John Hannabus on May 12th, 2010

    Thanks for the great pics and info on all the west coast caravan parks. You’ve done a terrific job. I am using your info to plan a caravan tour in September this year(2010). From George to Port Nolloth, back via Kleinzee, H/K Bay, Velddrift, Yzerfontein, Paarl, Gouritsmond, and tour the little bits inbetween! Happy caravaning!

  7. pbdphoto on May 12th, 2010

    Thanks Peter and I hope you enjoy your trip. I am actually at Gouritsmond at the moment and leave for Mossel Bay (The Point) tomorrow morning. I am a bit behind on writing up my blog as I have still got Gansbaai, Arniston, Struisbaai, Witsands etc to cover. Watch tis space!

  8. Hans on June 15th, 2010

    This place is a little gem. My family has a holiday home here and I used to spend all my Xmas holidays here. sensational place for kids and great water for fishing and diving. Would love to see more photos

  9. Eulindi on June 15th, 2010

    I have a booking for 10 nights in December at Vensterklip, we are a large family, 12 of us and as you mentioned it gets a bit expensive. Besides that, we are also looking at Dwarskersbos. Which of the two can you recommend not taking price into consideration?

  10. pbdphoto on June 15th, 2010

    The 2 are so different it is difficult to say. I loved Venstrklip as it was quiet and only has 6 caravan sites. With a family I would think that Dwarskersbos might be better as you have the beach right there but I believe it gets pretty full over the holiday season.

  11. Peter-John Hannabus on June 20th, 2010

    I’m dying to see your post on Gourits, as this is our favourite spot for camping & fishing! The people are friendly, the town has great meat, the two pubs/ restaurants are lovely. The fishing is good, with or without a boat on the river. The two slipways are good. Away from the madding crowd, and only 83kms from George!

  12. pbdphoto on June 20th, 2010

    Hi Peter-John – thanks for the comment. I have got a bit behind on my posts but will get to Gourits in the next couple of weeks. I can say that I did enjoy my stay there!!



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