Bainskloof Pass

Bainskloof Pass

Bainskloof Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 595m (1,952ft) above the sea level, located in the Western Cape province of South Africa, on the Regional road R310 between Wellington and Ceres.

The road, with a length of 30 kilometers, includes dozens of hairpin turns. Completed in 1853, this pass was designed and built by temporary Wellington resident Andrew Geddes Bain. The Scottish born engineer was the first man to build a road across the Limiet Mountains, the main barrier between the Cape Settlement and the interior. Bain achieved this remarkable feat without any formal engineering training, and then continued to build several more passes in the Western Cape.

Bain's Kloof Pass, one of the most picturesque and magnificently constructed passes in South Africa, is a National Monument which blends in perfectly with its natural surroundings. The surface of the road is asphalt. On the one side of the pass is the mountain, on the other side, only a very very steep cliff, with the Bainskloof river at the bottom. Many accidents happened there over the years. It looks like there is a spell on this pass, because the cars will just run over the cliff, with no reason whatsoever. If you stop and look over the cliffs, you will see many cars that found their final resting place there. Some of these cars dates from the early 1900's. Many people claim to have seen spirits along the road.