Striated Skies No. 23 – Bainskloof Waterfall

23. Bainskloof WaterfallBainskloof Pass takes you on a beautiful path through the Limietberg mountains, on the R301, from Wellington to the R43 between Ceres and Worcester. The Pass which was originally completed in 1853 was built by convict labour and overseen by Andrew Geddes Bain, who was the Father of Thomas Charles John Bain. The table below shows the passes that were built by each.

Andrew Geddes Bain

Thomas Charles John Bain

Ouberg/Oudeberg Pass near Graaff-Reinet 1832 Meiring’s Poort (after local farmer Petrus Johannes Meiring), 16 km long 1854-58
Van Ryneveld Pass near Graaff-Reinet 1830s Grey’s Pass near Citrusdal (after Sir George Grey), 11 km long 1857-58 (Piekenier’s Kloof 1958)
Ecca Pass from Grahamstown to Fort Beaufort (The Queen’s Road) 1837 Tulbagh Kloof (after the town of Tulbagh), 5 km long 1859-60
Michell’s Pass near Ceres through the Skurweberg, following the course of the Breede River 1846-48 Seweweekspoort (thought to be after Berlin Mission Society preacher Louis Zerwick) from Laingsburg through Swartberg, 17 km long 1859-62
Bain’s Kloof Pass near Wellington 1848-52 Prince Alfred’s Pass (after Prince Alfred) from Knysna to Uniondale, 70 km long 1863-67
Gydo Pass due north of Ceres up the Skurweberg 1848 Seven Passes road (after number of passes along route) from George to Knysna, 75 km long, ending in the Homtini Pass near Knysna 1867-83
Houw Hoek Pass from Elgin to Botrivier 1847 Robinson Pass (after Chief Inspector of Public Works, Murrell Robinson) from Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay 1867-69
Katberg Pass near Fort Beaufort 1860-64 Tradouw Pass (Boschkloof, Southey Pass) near Barrydale, 13 km long 1869-73
Garcia’s Pass (after Maurice Garcia) from Riversdale to Ladismith, 18 km long 1873-77
Pakhuis Pass (after Pakhuisberg, a branch of the Krakadouw Mountains) from Clanwilliam to Calvinia, Cederberg 1875-77
Koo Pass or Burger’s Pass (after Koodoosberg) near Montagu 1875-1877
Verlaten Kloof Pass from Sutherland to Matjiesfontein 1877
Cogmans, Kogmans or Kockemans Kloof (after a Khoikhoi clan) from Ashton to Montagu, 5 km long 1873
Swartberg Pass from Oudtshoorn to Prince Albert, 24 km long 1880-88 (John Tassie built 6 km of road from Prince Albert end)
Baviaanskloof from Willowmore to Patensie, 3 km long 1880-90
Bloukrans Pass near Nature’s Valley late 1800’s
Grootrivier Pass at Nature’s Valley late 1800’s
Storms River Pass on the Garden Route late 1800’s

This list may not be completely comprehensive and further information on the Bain legacy can be found here.

The Waterfall is one of many that are on this pass and runs under the roadway. It is an absolutely beautiful drive and I would recommend making a visit. You will definitely see and hear more about this pass in the future.

Striated Skies No. 13 – Creeping Condensation

13. Creeping Condensation

On a recent trip through the Huguenot tunnel I had to stop on the side of the road in order to capture the clouds that were rolling over the mountains. I stopped at the road to the Du Toitskloof Resort and Trout farm. This resort is somewhere that I would really like to stay at and having researched it a little I definitely want to stay. Interestingly I found out that a lifestyle estate is being developed on the site and more info can be found here.

The Du Toitskloof peak is the highest in the Western Cape and is a barrier between the sea and the inland. The mountains are made up of Table Mountain Sandstone and are part of the Cape Fold Mountains. The Cape Fold Mountains act as a rain shadow, the wettest parts of the Mountains can receive 1,500 millimetres (59 in) of rain, Worcester (approx. 35km from the Du Toitskloof Resort) receives only around 200 millimetres (8 in). The clouds that creep over the mountain push up over the mountain and often you can go from a completely overcast day in Cape Town to no clouds as you get through the tunnel.

The creeping clouds show how the topography of the Cape affects the weather and remind me of how amazing life is.