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DE BAKKE, MOSSEL BAY

How many times I was wondering about how and where the name “De Bakke” originated as in most older names there must have been some significance in the naming of the place.

The other day, while on a geocaching spree, I got my answer and this is the story of this piece of history that survived development:

The early farmers of the area used to rest their animals at the large drinking troughs called waterbakke and the stage coaches apparently stopped here to water their horses before taking on the long haul to the town of George or over the Outeniqua mountains into the Karoo.

Although rust is setting in, one of these big iron troughs are still to be seen at De Bakke and was used until 1949.

Check it out at:   S 34° 10.381 E 022° 07.770

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