the world's most spectacular roads

Tradouw Pass

Tradouw Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 347m above the sea level, located between Barrydale and Swellendam, in Western Cape, South Africa.

The road over the pass is asphalted. It’s called R324, and the pass lies approximately halfway between Swellendam and Heidelberg. The Tradouw Pass is one of thirteen passes that master road engineer Sir Thomas Bain built in the Southern Cape during the 1800’s. Tradouw means ‘footpath of the women’ in the Khoi language.
The drive is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here. Don’t forget your camera! Tradouw Pass is truly a beautiful pass, with breathtaking scenery throughout the year. In summer the pass has scattered pools to swim in, in autumn the aloes bloom and cover the pass with clusters of the blazing red flowers, in winter the waterfalls cascade down through the mountains and in spring.
This infamous road is tightly hairpinned and bumped, an exquisite winding mountain drive with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveler over the mountains. The Tradouw Pass (which means Womens Path in the old Khoi language) is a 17 kilometer drive through an altitude range of 219 meters through some of the most beautiful and rugged mountain scenery on offer in the Langeberg. Thomas Bain's Tradouw Pass is a masterpiece. A drive through this wonderfully rugged terrain will soon acquaint you with why he was known as 'the man with the theodolite eye' (an instrument used to measure horizontal and vertical angles), for the pass' sheer magnificence is inspiring.


Pin It

Roads global map

Roads global map

Around the world

>Scenic drives in Norway.Norway has 18 carefully selected scenic drives both in terms of nature/panorama. 
>Romanian high altitude roads. Romania has some amazing roads, real tourist destinations by themselves. 
>Faroese challenging tunnels.Harrowing one lane tunnel on a 2 way road. Kind of frightening to drive through if you're not used to it.
>Highest accessible towns by car on Earth. Permanent settlements occupied year-round, accessible by car.
>The world's best road.The world's best road has just been announced: the N-222 from Peso de Regua to Pinhao in Portugal.
>Longest straight roads in the world. From point A to B in the fastest time possible, sometimes you need to cut corners.
>Highest tunnels in the world. After years of work in rarefied air and frigid temperatures at more than 4,000m, these tunnels are engineering marvels sure to impress anyone.
>The world's northernmost road ends. Get a reliable car, lots of food, water, matches, warm clothing, and gas.


Share YOUR roads!
We've more than 10.000 roads but we want more! We want your experiences too! Do you know anyspectacular road?Click here to send us all the info, and we'll publish it!


Seguridad de la página de inicio