Baardskeerdersbos, Elim, Die Dam – The road less traveled.
The Overberg will always take you on an amazing journey. Venture Photography took the back route to explore some of the back roads.
Along the route, Baardskeerdersbos with its famous Marietjies, Elim with the BIGGEST WORKING WOODEN WATER MILL in South Africa and Wolvengat with the shop owner who, with a smile explain: You either know this place or got completely lost. This is a beautiful journey through rural Overberg as you weave your way to the sea, Die Dam.
Marietjies at Baardskeerdersbos is a must for breakfast. The unique ceiling covered with caps remind you of the Panty Bar in Paternoster, but with caps. Go hungry as the food portions are a good size with coffee on the table as you walk in. Elim has its own history dating back to 1824. It was established by German missionaries as a Moravian mission station. An amazing experience as you wonder the streets with the hymns flowing out of the majestic church. This is where you will find the biggest working wooden water mill in South Africa dating back to 1828. Take the back road to a little town called Wolvengat. But slow down. Its a beautiful old little town tucked away in the Overberg. Stop for a cool-drink at the local shop and meet some locals. Yes the shop owners little dog is absolutely adorable with its own couch in the shop. From here follow the gravel road filled with cows surrounded by open farmland. This road will take you to a place I grew up as a child. Die Dam. Long open white sand beaches. I remember walking along this beach as a child with my parents. We camped in a caravan and just enjoyed childhood free with beautifully preserved beaches. Roads in the Overberg will eventually lead to Gansbaai. Its harvesting season with the fish factory in full swing. The strong smell of fish in the air can be overwhelming but that means bread on the table for this little fishing community.
The Overberg will always reveal its beautiful side if you go and explore it. Take your camera and capture as your travel. The memories of these images captured will make you smile and long for days long gone. Or maybe not gone yet…