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Bainskloof Pass
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ego1893
Stuttgart, Germany48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Stunning views, great landscape, easy to reach, (narrow) road in perfect condition. Leave N1 in Paarl take R301 to Wellington then continue on R301 through pass.
Written 6 January 2024
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Christine L
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Exotic Animal World is a sanctuary for unwanted and confiscated exotic creatures of all kinds and is a wonderful educational centre. The hands on experience which takes place twice a day is most informative and entertaining with numerous anecdotes from James. It is easy to spend three enjoyable hours there with many opportunities for interaction with many of the residents, most of whom are being rehabilitated and would never be able to survive on their own in the wild. All in all a most worthwhile experience at an enterprise well deserving of our support. There’s a nice cafe, too!
Written 10 December 2023
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Birgitta-Kenneth
Solna, Sweden1 483 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A drive you just have to do if you are nearby. Bloody incredibly nice views and real fun driving. Enjoyable and do not forget to turn around and drive it back again
Written 31 October 2023
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Melanie B
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Wow! We were at Aquila Game Reserve and took this pass on the way back to Cape Town. What an amazing road winding along the mountains. The new road and several pull outs to stop and look at the outstanding views are all in superior condition. So many places to stop for a snack and take in the views.
Very safe and easy drive.
Written 28 October 2022
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Lana M
Somerset West, South Africa15 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Spent a long-awaited weekend camping at Tweede Tol campsite, we woke at 3:30 am to use the bathroom leaving our tent unzipped. Heard sounds in the bushes but could not see what it was. Next morning found our backpack had been stolen from INSIDE our tent. Huge loss! The gate guards were unfazed when we reported it. Still waiting for the police to arrive....
The large group next to us also suffered loss as items of theirs were also stolen.
Written 11 April 2020
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Robert k
Durbanville, South Africa14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Beautiful breathtaking scenery. Nar. row road but tar sealed all the way. Step drops down to Breedie River. Spectacular views Deep crystal clear pools down in the river. Plenty of stop off points for those fit enough to climb down to river for swim !!
Well worth the diversion from Ceres to Wellington.
Written 14 January 2020
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OnAir820765
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
A lovely scenic drive. We spent hours driving down this pass, stopping to enjoy the views, hidden water falls, bird song and peace
Written 7 November 2019
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Dewald R
Cape Town Central, South Africa2 626 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
This is definitely not the quickest route to Ceres from Cape Town, but it is arguably the most scenic one. The pass steeply inclines from Wellington's side and then slowly descends all the way down towards Wolseley. The road is at certain parts very narrow and some parts of the road are not in a very good condition, but it didn't feel unsafe. If you are familiar and comfortable with your vehicle, and the weather conditions are good, ten why not take the scenic route.
Written 26 June 2019
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Chuckmyster
Somerset West, South Africa143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
Hiked the riverbed for 6hrs in a nice circular track. The rock pebbles and boulders are smooth so I hiked this rout barefoot and loved it.
Permit needed before the hike, R60.00.

Hike this in a big group as you may encounter baboons, we never saw any luckily.
Written 9 December 2018
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Peter F
Hermanus, South Africa492 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
We traveled this pass (R301) from Wellington towards the Northeast until the bridge over the Bree River and the intersection with the R43 over a distance of almost 30km. This pass was completed around 1854 and is a national monument. The road is therefore generally relatively narrow and bumpy with plenty of sharp curves requiring careful and focused driving. Initially it offers expansive views back towards the Wellington and Paarl areas. Later a number of view points are passed from which to get a good view of the stream below. These are perfect for picnics. Towards the North the road gradually straightens out and affords even more impressive views of the much higher mountain peaks in the distance. There are a few camp sites and cottages right next to the river with beautiful swimming spots. Close to the bridge there is a bush-pub called the "Calabash" offering food and refreshments. This is an absolute must-see drive, perfect for the whole family.
Written 31 October 2018
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BAINSKLOOF PASS: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)