More on Bainskloof Pass after driving and walking in the area yesterday. As mentioned it’s just outside Wellington, and is the 30 kilometres of incredible scenery that joins Wellington and Ceres. It was originally built for horse drawn traffic, was completed in 1853 and was built by Andrew Geddes Bains, the most famous of early southern African road engineers, using mostly convict labour. The view down is to the Witte River which descends from the mountains through a cleft to a stretch of rapids, waterfalls and natural pools. These are a must to visit! There is a lodge, a camping ground with a beautiful rock pool and numerous walking trails to enjoy. A permit is required, and this is easy to get at the Wellington Tourism office. Pack a picnic and plan this as a day out of the city.
The plague on the pass.