The small town of Barrydale is situated in the Klein Karoo, on the Tradouw River. It is about halfway between Montagu and Oudtshoorn. Established in 1882 on the farm Tradouw Hoek, the settlement initially served the needs of the growing community of farmers. It was named after John Joseph Barry, a wealthy tycoon whose main business and commercial empire was based in nearby Swellendam. Today, the town retains this timelessness and the many stately homes lend to the tranquil atmosphere. Barrydale is flanked by the contrasting arid Klein Karoo on the one side and lush and green fertile valley on the other.
Travellers can enjoy the scenic Tradouw Pass, which starts at the town. The 30km winding mountain pass offers travellers beautifully scenic vistas of both the town of Barrydale and the arid Klein Karoo. The unusual word “tradau” comes from the Khoi and means “the way of the women”. The pass is one of thirteen that road engineer Sir Thomas Bain built in the southern Cape during the 1800’s. Tourists to Barrydale will marvel at the beautiful gardens in the town, whose rose displays and lush vineyards will captivate the senses. The area is well known for its fresh produce, including apricots and grapes and the by-products such as dried fruit and wine. During spring and summer the hills and mountains are covered with colourful wild flowers.
For the energetic traveller to this part of the world, there are wonderfully pleasant walks along footpaths in the semi-arid Klein Karoo; while for the more adventurous there is mountain climbing in the
foothills of the Langeberg. Hikers will be enthralled by the scenery and serene tranquillity of the area.
Did you know? Barrydale Wine Cellar is the biggest independent pot-still brandy producer in South Africa.