On a recent day trip, we took the Tradouw Pass along to Barrydale which is situated about 61km km from Montagu along the famous Cape Route 62. On the one side of the Tradouw Valleys is Barrydale and on the other side is the semi-arid Klein Karoo. This beautiful Pass, built by Sir Thomas Bain is renowned for its wild flowers, waterfalls and magnificent swimming pools. We stopped here to capture some aerial footage with our DJI Pro Drone. You can see the short video we made here which really gives you a bird’s eye view of the Tradouw Pass – Tradouw Pass Video
Barrydale is unique and offers a variety of places to eat and things to do and see all year round. We parked and then took a stroll along the main road. The town is totally geared up for people stopping to explore, grab a bite to eat and buy a curio or two. It’s a very popular stop with the tourist buses! We grabbed some lunch at Diesel and Crème and we would definitely recommend having one of their specialty milkshakes or craft beers. And yes the Milkshakes really are this big and this pink! On a hot day it is the perfect way to cool down.
Each place has its own attraction and unique quality and it’s worthwhile exploring the little shops with their artisan specialties. Take a stroll up and down the main high street and don’t be afraid to pop your head into places like the Hand Weavers to watch the ladies in there hard at work. Fascinating to watch them.
This charming town has sunny days for most of the year and is built at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. It offers unsurpassed vistas of the mountains and there is a wide range of pathways and foot trails for hikers and walkers alike. Excellent wines, brandy and craft beers are produced in the area.
Just 24km outside Barrydale (en route to Ladismith) is the infamous Ronnies Sex Shop. This is well worth a stop for a cold beer or drink to quench your thirst and take in the surroundings. Ronnie’s Sex Shop has had visitors from all over the world and is a regular pit stop for bikers, local farmers and people travelling this road regularly. It has to be said that when a group of riders ride in or out it makes for quite a sight and as for the sound – well some ear plugs might come in handy for the little ones.