Veldrift - Bokkoms Hot
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Veldrift lies on the northern shores of the Berg River estuary. This spot is on the outskirts of town, where the small "Bokkom" boats operate from. The fishermen net for the small fish locally known as Bokkoms (Harders).

The dirt road is regarded, unofficially, as a national monument. Here large schools of Harders are netted and turned into bokkoms. All along this road there are rows of fish strung on ropes under reed shelters. The little fish are salted and then tied up with needle and string, hanging them to dry in the wind. Small fishing boats with oars, used for setting the harder net, lie alongside dilapidated old, wooden quays, adding to the quaintness and charm of this area.


Best Time to Photograph
You will need to find out from the locals what time the boats depart and leave. Early mornings are good for birds.
Type of Photography
  • Landscape
  • Birds
  • People
Best Time of Year
All year round
Photographic Tips
Best to go in a small group.
Always respect the locals and ask permission if you are photographing people.
Keep an eye out for Great White Pelicans coming in to land.
Recommended Gear
Lens Polarizer
Gumboots and a wind breaker
Lens Cloth


Site Highlights
Racks with drying Bokkoms (small fish).
Great White Pelicans feeding on handouts from the fishermen.
Jetty's and estuary make for great landscapes.
Fishermen at work


Season and Weather
The climate is Mediterranean with warm summers and mild winters. Wind is present throughout the year with rain falling mainly in the winter months. Always be prepared for sudden changes in the weather. The summers are the dry and dusty months, whilst winter is the time when the fynbos is lush, green and in flower. The best months to visit are April and September.
Other Activities
  • Birding
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing


Closest Town
Getting There
Take the R399 (Voortrekker Street) east out of Veldrift. I.e. turn right as you come over the Berg River estuary from Cape Town. Continue down a short way and turn right down Waterkant Street and continue down onto a dirt track to the estuary shore (on a gravel road). You will see the jetty's and the fish processing buildings.
Waterkant Street


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Arne Purves
Author: Arne PurvesWebsite: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.