Local Destinations

WOLVENGAT / VILJOENSHOF

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WHERE: South of Elim next to R317

POPULATION: 50

This hidden gem was originally named Wolfgat or Wolvengat in reference to the brown hyena, known as strandwolf in Afrikaans that roams this area.

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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.

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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.

Marthunis Barnard
Marthunis Barnard
Marthunis is the Chief Executive of MyWhaleCoast. Although his focus is in the corporate sector his biggest passion is the people of the Overstrand. Marthunis became known in the region for reporting the unfiltered truth about various concerns in the community. Please feel free to contact him if you want exposure to a concern you have. e-mail: marthunis.barnard@mywhalecoast.com WhatsApp: 071 445 6088

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