Day 2: Brandfontein Farmstead to Die Dam Holiday Resort
GPS Coordinates @ Brandfontein Farmstead S34°76’67” E19°86’67”
GPS Coordinates @ Die Dam Holiday Resort S34°76’25” E19°68’85”
- Departure: 7am Friday 13th March 2020 from Die Dam by bus
- Starting point: 8am at Brandfontein Farmstead
- Finish point: Die Dam Holiday Resort
Rise and shine for the second leg of the walk. The walkers enjoy an early breakfast followed by a bus ride back to Brandfontein farmstead to pick up their feet where they left off the day before. The group pass Brandfontein’s family cemetery along the Agulhas National Park’s fynbos trail. The route skirts the boundary wall of another historic old farmstead, Aasfontein, declared a national monument and dating back to the 1800’s.
A long jeep track takes us back to the beach and a small wetland seeps its fresh stream into the ocean. We walk round a long bend of sand until we reach the mouth of the Ratel River, also mentioned in Daleen Matthee’s novel “Driftwood”. In the nineteenth century, a ship the Doncaster was wrecked at the mouth of the Ratel River, on passage from Mauritius to England. No one survived and local farmers recalled the burial of more than 50 bodies.
After a lunch break the route continues along a vast stretch of beach that leads right up to Die Dam holiday resort. One can enjoy a leisurely walk, swim, rest and relaxation.
- Schoeman, C. 2017. The Historical Overberg – traces of the past in South Africa’s southernmost region. Penguin House.