This pass was constructed by Masterbuilder Thomas Bain between 1869 and 1873. The Tradouw Pass means Womens Path in the old Khoi language and is a 16 kilometer drive through an altitude range of 219 meters through some of the most beautiful and rugged mountain scenery on offer in the Langeberg.
Thomas Bain also built the Swartberg Pass, the cliff-hugging road that links Camps Bay to Hout Bay in Cape Town, and the complex passes between George and Knysna.
The Tradouw Pass was built at the request of the Barry's so as to be able to transport goods between Port Beaufort (Witsand) and Barrydale and beyond.
The Tradouw Pass links Barrydale in the Klein Karoo with the quaint hamlet village of Suurbraak.
Extensively revamped in recent times, the engineering teams did an outstanding job of preserving the environment and retaining Thomas Bain's character in the design and supporting stonework. This is truly one of those mountain passes that you must drive. This one ticks all the boxes.
Along the route there are designated parking areas from where you can view wild flowers in spring, clusters of blazing orange aloes in late autumn as well as the river, rock pools and waterfalls.