Western Cape Tourist AttractionsWildehondskloofhoogte Pass
Where? About 10 km from Barrydale in the Western Cape.
Its long sounding name is indicative of the fact that Wildehondskloofhoogte Pass connects with Op de Tradouw Pass, forming one long, continuous pass through the Langeberg.
The Langeberg (Dutch for long mountain) is called such because it runs for 250 km between Worcester and George. On its skirts and foothills lie the towns of Robertson, Montagu, Swellendam, Heidelberg and Riversdale.
There are a number of passes that negotiate the peaks of the Langeberg that include the Cogmanskloof, Garcia's and Cloetes passes. Much of it is nature reserve in the form of the Marloth Nature Reserve, Boosmansbos Wilderness, Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve and Garcia State Forest.
Wildehondskloofhoogte (meaning wild dogs ravine heights) lies between Montagu and Barrydale on Route 62, the longest wine route in the world.
It forms the western ascent, whilst Op de Tradouw Pass (not to be confused with the more famous Tradouw Pass, connecting Barrydale to Swellendam) is the eastern descent of the same pass. Each end has a different name; an unusual occurrence.
The pass is tarred and quite steep, climbing almost 7 metres at an average 1:25 gradient. But it is not difficult to negotiate and the scenery at the top is richly rewarding with the Goedgeloof River plummeting in a waterfall, even if it is not visible from the road and only during the rainfall season.
On the descent (Op de Tradouw) there are beautiful panoramic views literally all the way down. The pass ends roughly 10 km outside Barrydale.