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History

The first portion of land ,Cape Farm 983/4, was bought 50 years ago with the idea of possible development. Situated at the most northern tip of this property, on the rocks at Misty Cliffs, is our home. The second, Erf 76, known as Platberg, the mountain of the 'sleeping dog, divides and joins Misty Cliffs and Scarborough. The last and largest adjoining adjoining portion making up Baskloof reserve  is Erf 789, which forms the back boundary of Scarborough.

Most of the private land between Red hill Road and Misty Cliffs has been handed over to  Table Mountain National Park to manage in perpetuity. This has created a pristine wilderness area of some 3000 hectares, of which Baskloof forms a part. This area is part of the  Buffer Zone for the World Heritage Site of the Table Mountain National Park, both a fantastic recognition of the botanical & ecological Significance of the area and an awesome responsibility & privilege to manage appropiately and intelligently.

   

The Sleeping Dog

Archaeological & Cultural Significance

Archaeological evidence suggests that the Cape Peninsula has been occupied by hunter gatherers and San people for over 100,000 years, who lived off the rich coastline. Evidence of their occupation can be seen in their shell-midden remains  and Baskloof is fortunate to have  one of these sites.

There are 92 graves (1907 -- 1974) on the southern side of the reserve that have cultural & sentimental significance to the area with many inhabitants of the peninsula being connected to them in one way or another. The restored "Huisie" has historical significance to it, dating back 110 years and has preserved an air of local culture and romance.

 This, along with the graves and shell midden on the reserve, give Baskloof rich cultural importance to the area.

   

 

"If people destroy something replaceable made by mankind, they are called vandals,if they destroy something irreplaceable made by a greater power, they are called developers!"

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