WHERE: South of Elim next to R317
This hidden gem was originally named Wolfgat or Wolvengat in reference to the brown hyena, known as strandwolf in Afrikaans that roams this area.
However, when the local post office was established the authorities named it Viljoenshof in honor of DJ Viljoen, the Dutch Reformed (NGK) minister of Bredasdorp from 1904 to 1934; this name was then extended to the village. The original name Wolvengat was officially restored in 1991.
In the early 1900s, the village had a school with 100 children, but by the early 21st century there was neither a church nor a school.
Today Wolvengat is a hidden gem and has some of the best offroad cycle routes and hiking trails.
The rich soil and cool temperatures also allow for some of the best viticulture in the western cape and you can visit Strandveld Wines, Home of First Sighting and Blackoystercather Wine Estate on your next visit.