We all have these photos … throwback photos!

It’s described as ‘nostalgia-inducing pictures … from a different era of your life”.

Every Thursday we will throw a photo of ‘way back when’ on our blog. Why on a Thursday? Because it’s just a day away from the weekend … and we love weekends!

You are welcome to join in or just enjoy the photos (#TB Thursday).

January 2017 – Bainskloof Pass (Western Cape Province, South Africa)

Bainskloof Pass is on the R301 and 26.8km (16.6 miles) long … if you start your car’s odometer from the bridge over the Breede River (on Ceres’ side) to the outskirts of Wellington.

It’s difficult to take pictures of the beautiful Bainskloof Pass, because it’s a very narrow pass and there are only a few places where you can pull off the road. We usually hope there isn’t a car behind us in order for Berto to drive slowly while I try to get a decent photo.

And we were lucky to have little traffic on the second day of the new year, back in January 2017 when we took a scenic drive to the nearby mountains.

A narrow road on Bainskloof Pass

Road engineer Andrew Geddes Bain designed the pass and construction began in 1849. It was built with the help of convict labourers and opened in 1854. Bainskloof Pass was declared a national monument in 1980.

There are many points of interest on the pass, such as Dacre’s Pulpit, Bell Rocks, Bain’s Ruins and two low bridges.

Bell Rocks

With a height restriction of 3.86 meters on the pass, this road is not accessible for buses or trucks. You will have to drive under a precariously overhanging rock called Dacre’s Pulpit. There are overhead booms with chains at both ends of the pass that will indicate if your vehicle can go through or not.

Dacre’s Pulpit

Once we reached the flat part of the pass, we stopped next to the road to enjoy the scenic landscape.

Beautiful scenery at the foot of Bainskloof Pass

Single lane concrete bridge over the Breede River

With its 101 bends, curves and sharp corners, Bainskloof Pass is quite dramatic. If you ever get the opportunity to drive this pass, drive slowly and enjoy the incredible scenery.


54 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday #17

    1. Ek dink dit moet maar moeilik wees om konstruksie werk daar te doen – die paadjie is maar smal! Ons het al ‘n paar keer in die winter ook deur Bainskloofpas gery, dan loop daardie rivier in die kloof sterk en klein watervalletjies kom teen die hoe rotse af … dis verskriklik mooi!

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  1. Altyd lekker om na julle fotos te kyk Aletta. Ek het verlede Sondag vir die heel eerste keer vanaf Strand/Gordonsbaai se kant af oor Sir Lowry’s pas gereis. Dis darm maar ongelooflik, onbeskryflik mooi. Dankie vir julle TB deel. Groete daar. xx

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    1. O ja, Sir Lowry’s pas is ook pragtig … moet net nie probeer om daarlangs te ry op ‘n langnaweek (of Paasnaweek) nie! Alhoewel, dan gaan jy BAIE tyd he om die uitsig te geniet terwyl mens teen ‘n slakkepas daar uit ry 😉. Ek is bly jy geniet ons TB fotos!

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  2. Another a beautiful place. You have such a variety of landscapes. When I have had to drive in the mountains I always got nervous about being near the edge. I once drove over the Canadian Rockies with my mother. When we stopped for the night I found that my muscles were stiff from being so tense. But it was beautiful!

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    1. The mountain passes in SA are truly spectacular … and so are the flat plains! We have a variety of landscapes for sure! Oh, I never drive on these passes (I leave that in Berto’s capable hands) – my muscles are usually tight at the end of such a ride too – and then I’m the passenger! It’s much better to sit on the side of the mountain than on the side of the abyss. But as you say, the views are usually so beautiful that you soon forget how nerve-wracking the ride was 🙂.


  3. One of the first places I was taken to when I first arrived in Cape Town, we went swimming in one of the pools in the river along there. It’s a fabulous drive too which I have done many times as the passenger, not the driver, but it wouldn’t bother me too much.

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    1. Wow Jude, you have seen so many beautiful places in SA (almost more than I have seen myself 😉). We visited friends in Ceres one weekend (in the middle of summer) and then we also went swimming in one of the pools – great experience! I’ll drive (if I have to), but I’d rather be the passenger …

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  4. This looks like such an incredibly scenic drive. Dacre’s Pulpit is pretty cool. I’m glad to hear the road wasn’t very busy and Berto was able to take it slow so you could take some pictures. That’s one of the reasons we enjoy getting an early start to the day as there aren’t many people around, so you can get away with stuff like that!

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    1. Bainskloof Pass is one of the most beautiful passes in the Western Cape … and when we go there, we always make sure we go early in the morning (for exactly the same reason you mentioned). Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Yes, the beauty of the mountains of South Africa is something to admire … especially when you drive through such a beautiful pass as the Bainskloof Pass! I’m glad it brought back good memories for you.


  5. Dramatic indeed Corna. I would be absolutely terrified having to drive that route. And a somewhat queasy passenger with all the turns. Dacre’s Pulpit looks hairy, thank god they have banned buses and trucks. Kinda wish that ban could extend to a lot of other roads and highways too 😉

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    1. For me, this is probably one of the most beautiful passes here in South Africa. The nature and rock formations are amazing (and it’s close to Cape Town, so it’s only an hour’s drive to get there while staying in lovely Cape Town 😉).


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