Bokbaai

Cape West Coast

The Bokbaai farmstead is unique in its setting at a secluded bay on the west coast, approximately 50km from Cape Town. The farmstead dates from the 1700s and is of significant historic value due to its distinctive characteristics. It is typical of the Cape Dutch architectural style, although it is located at the rocky shoreline of Bok Bay, rather than the vineyard estates typically associated with these farmsteads. Instead of Oak trees, the farmstead is framed by large prominent Norfolk Pines which are ideally suited to the harsh coastal climate.  The estate is surrounded by unique indigenous coastal vegetation which is renowned for its biodiversity value with the endemic Bokbaai Vygie and Nemesia species.

The farmstead has fallen into disrepair in recent years and the current owners aim to refurbish the estate and convert it into an ecological education centre, with the purpose of brining school groups and youths into contact with nature. The intention is for minor development at the site to touch the earth as lightly as possible while complementing and enhancing the historic significance of the estate. We prepared visual and environmental mapping to guide proposed interventions at the site, including the location of tented camp facilities, ablution blocks and sewage treatment wetlands. Our visual mapping identifies landscape character, critical historical vistas, topographical features and existing indigenous vegetation to guide the placement of infrastructure and facilities.