Da Laafing Lion

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Vermaaklikheid, unknown to the outside world, used to be a Farmer’s Village, which
provided the surrounding areas with fresh produce and water. With its abundance of fresh
water and fertile soil, some of the best fresh vegetables, fruits, and Hanepoot grapes were
cultivated here. Some of the original pear, fig, pomegranate, apple, mulberry, quince fruit
trees and Hanepoot grapes are still around. Most of the farmers distilled their own
“Witblits” (80% alcohol), so given two guesses, where you think this Town’s name sprung
from. It’s close location to the sea, accessible by going from the slipway in the village down
the river, built-in double-ender wooden row boats, fish and other edible sea life like
alikreukel provided a staple diet of protein.

Another Heritage Site (one of it’s kind in the world), named Puntjie, is to be seen where the
Duivenhoks River meets the sea. Situated on an elevated escarp of limestone cliffs, there is
a settlement of “Kapstyl” Dwellings. These A-framed structures, resembling the tents of the
ox-wagons, with which the farmers drove there, are made solely out of thatch. These used
to be the holiday homes of the Vermaaklikheid and Brakfontein residents. It is a national
monument, but on private ground and therefore not open to the public. Up to this day, the
descendants of these ancestors still come there for their holidays.

Another precious Heritage Site is Klein Fontein Farm, on the banks of the Duivenhoks river,
facing the Puntjie, that used to be the holiday home of the Governer of the Cape, Lord
Charles Somerset, also now privately owned.

Da Laafing Lion is a historical Hartebees Farm House that was built in the 1800’s with
stone, mud, “spaansriet”, “garingsaad” poles and thatch gathered from its surrounds and is
one of the home built dwellings that lays scattered amongst the hills and valleys of the
historical Farmer’s Village of Vermaaklikheid, next to the Duivenhoks river in the unique
Limestone Fynbos Region of the Western Cape. It has been occupied by the Van Wyk and De Jager families ever since and up till today it is still in the Van Wyk family’s possession.
With its dirt roads, clusters of family grave yards (still in use today), “patat-gate”, long
drops, natural springs, and fountains, time has stood still.
The homestead nestles under many shady trees and overlooks the green hills of the veld. It
is situated in a quiet cul de sac, near the center of the village and still boasts with it’s original
structure, but has been altered to accommodate modern amenities. Bird song here is the
local language and really challenges birdwa

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