We visit “Bokkomlaan”…in Velddrif

My Dad was a Great Lover of the “BOKKOM”…. He could sit for hours just simply enjoying the cleaning of this dried fish.  The Salty Strips of Fish Biltong was shared with us, but also just…..



Velddrif is well known for it’s “Bokkoms”.  A series of small individual factories, along the river, form part of “BOKKOMLAAN”.


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As we traveled along the main road towards Piketberg, we saw a Signboard pointing towards “BOKKOMLAAN”



A long walkway next to the river, with little fish factories.  Each with their own small jettie.

IMG_8286_1_1Years ago the fisherman catching Mullet in the Berg River, tied their “bakkies” (small fishing boats) to the Jetties while unloading their catch.

the Berg River looking towards the sea

the Berg River looking towards the sea

Today, the catching of Herring in the Berg River, is prohibited and must be netted in the open sea,  just off Laaiplek.

a Story without Words...

a Story without Words…

This broken Jettie caught my eye….  wonder how many fisherman made use of this handy structure in the past…

a Fishing Factory in the Lane

a Fishing Factory in the Lane

The name of this little Factory says it all!



This type of structure, is used for the drying process of the “Bokkoms”

"Bokkoms" under cover

“Bokkoms” under cover

There is a pickeling process that takes place before the fish get tied into bunches of ten and hanged out to dry.


another little fish factory

At the Visvlekhuis Factory, they don’t only dry “Bokkoms“….

work in progess

work in progress at Visvlekhuis

Here the staff of Visvlekhuis are preparing Snoek & Bokkoms for drying. (photos supplied by owners)

...such a peaceful setting..

…such a peaceful setting…

We enjoyed the peacefulness while strolling along…

Accommodation in "Bokkomlaan"

Accommodation in “Bokkomlaan”

I could imagine living RIGHT HERE!  

birds at "Bokkomlaan"

birds on the Berg River

The area has a variety of Bird Species.  These Birds were close to the water’s edge at “Bokkomlaan”.  It seemed as if they were quite comfortable with us being so close to them.

Flamingos on the Berg River

Flamingos on the Berg River

The Flamingo is one of the Bird Species that nests on the Berg River at Velddrif.  

Bird Lookout

Bird Lookout

At the “Lookout”, on the River, we could admire these Graceful Birds at our leisure. Look out for a future post, with more information about the Bird life in this area…



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