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Bainskloof, Breede River Valley

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Just west of Wellington - the town along the longest wine route in the Western Cape - lies Route 303 along which Bainskloof pass runs from Paarl to Ceres, passing over the Limiet Mountain en route.

The pass was planned through the kloof where the Witte River sloughs its way between the Limietberge and the Slanghoekberge. It is only a 30 kilometre stretch of road but regarded as one of the best and most beautiful passes in the country.

Bainskloof Pass was built as far back as 1853 by the Scottsman Andrew Geddes Bain, hence the name, who amazingly had no engineering training. But the proof is in the pudding as Bain went on to build further passes in the Western Cape, although Bainskloof is considered his 'magnum opus'.

Part of the Bainskloof pass's charm is that it has been altered very little and much of the landscape is unspoilt, apart from the odd wine farm, guest house and hiking trail through the beautiful valley. Fynbos abounds and the wild flowers during spring are worth a trip from Cape Town to take in the beauty (during winter, Bainskloof is one of the Western Cape's better kept secrets when it comes to beauty, if you don't mind a bit of rain).

Dacre's pulpit is one of the most famous landmarks in the pass, if you overlook the mysterious grave on the mountain slopes near Dacre's pulpit, 800 metres after the sign at Pinkilton River, where Sheikh Suleiman is said to be buried. Dacre's pulpit is a rock overhang roughly 3.8 metres above the road that managed to survive the blasting that ensued in the process of constructing the pass.

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Bainskloof Pass

One of a series of passes that cut through the mountain that seal Cape Town and its surrounds from the interior, Bainskloof Pass is also one of the Western Cape's most scenic routes. To drive its bends and turns brings one right up against the Limietberg Mountain ... more information

Limietberg Nature Reserve

Lying in the Du Toitskloof Mountains close to Paarl, Limietberg Nature Reserve is a beautiful space in which to spend time, particularly if you are a hiker. There are nine separate hiking trails that wind through fynbos, indigenous forest, rugged and steep kloofs, and valleys through which the Breede and Berg rivers ... more information

Tweede Tol

Tweede Tol is a Cape Nature camping and picnic site 16 kilometres from Wellington up the Bainskloof Pass, in the Limietberg Nature Reserve - a huge 102 000 hectare mountain, wildlife and fynbos reserve in the mountains. Tweede Tol (second toll) is one of Tweede Tol (second toll) is one of two tolls on the pass (the ... more information

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Happy Valley Trail, Limietberg

Where: Bainskloof
How much (per person): Price on request

Start: Bainskloof Eerste Tol Finish: Bainskloof Duration: 9 km, to Junction Pool and back Fitness: moderate ... more information

Rock-Hopper Trail

Where: Bainskloof
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If you are feeling energetic, adventurous and up for a good challenge, then while in Bainskloof make sure you join the fun yet grueling rock ... more information

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