Barrydale, Western Cape, South Africa

Barrydale is situated between two extremes. On the one side is the beautiful and fertile Tradouw Valley and on the other side you are faced with the stark and semi-arid Klein Karoo. These striking contrasts are experienced in a distance of 10km.

On Route 62 and on the edge of the Karoo, this little country town has a lot going for it. A few good wineries and a very informal and inexpensive hot spring resort attract visitors. The small coffee shops and a rather unusual landmark pub make this an excellent choice for a break from driving.

The Karoo has, for many years, been an underrated destination in terms of game - probably because most of the game that would have been here has been replaced by sheep. But this is changing.

A newly opened game reserve and wellness centre promises to put this little town on the safari map as well as offer visitors yet another unique, malaria-free game viewing experience.

For the lovers of nature Barrydale offers unsurpassed vistas of mountains, hills and valleys, which are covered in flowers during spring and summer. Pleasant walks along footpaths in the semi-arid Klein Karoo to more adventurous climbs in the foothills of the Langeberg Mountain will take the hiker to places of beauty and tranquility. 

Visitors can also sample export quality wines which are available from the Barrydale Wine Cellar which now also produces a special brandy.

Barrydale also boasts idyllic climate and enjoys year round sunny weather, with invigorating winters when there may be light frosts on the coldest days.

Barrydale is a drive of about 3 hours from Cape Town. The Tradouw Pass (R324) is a spectacularly beautiful mountain pass linking Barrydale on the R62 with the N2 between Swellendam and Heidelberg. The most convenient airport is Cape Town International.