The Tradouwspass means "path of the woman" in Khoisan......the Barrydale farmers wanted Port Beaufort (Witsand) more accessible so the first suggestion for the pass was raised in 1858. Thomas Bain was instructed to do the planning and estimating of the then 14km length of the pass. The Bains lived in a house in Lismore at the end fo the pass towards Suurbark and it still belongs to the Bains.
The pass was declared open on the 27th of October 1873. In 1974, after years of planning, the Pass was rebuilt, widened in places, hairpin bends removed and completely tarred. 4000 aloes and 2500 indigenous trees and shrubs were planted. In 1980 the Tradouw Pass was then again re-opened.
Take your time to spend at places with names like Drupkelder, Piekniekbos and Suurplaat where you can stop and spot the ruins of Anglo Boer War blockhouses. The Tradouw Pass is renowned for its wild flowers not only in the time of spring, also for it's clusters of blazing red aloes in late autumn, breathtaking waterfalls in winter and magnificent swimming pools in summer.
Driving along this beautiful Pass admire Sir Thomas Bain’s genius for carving a pass through such rugged terrain without the help of modern technology.
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