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.
For more info about Bainskloof see our articles on the SA Travel News Blog:
• Rock-hopping in Bainskloof
• Bainskloof Escape
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Featured Attractions in (or near) Bainskloof
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
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 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
Things To Do in Bainskloof