Tulbach to Wellington: a scenic route
On a recent tour I travelled from Tulbach to Wellington in the Western Cape via the spectacular Baine’s Kloof Pass. In my opinion this is one of the most dramatic and scenic roads in South Africa. 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.
Bainskloof village is located some 10 km from Wellington at the summit and is used by Church and environmental groups, for both recreational and educational purposes.
The area is ideal for environmental workshops in that it is relatively unspoilt, has a rich fynbos compliment, has the Witte River, is well managed and has easily accessible large accommodation facilities.