Barrydale, Western Cape, South Africa
Barrydale is gently nestled between two extremes, the beautiful and fertile Tradouw Valley on the one side, and the stark, semi arid Klein Karoo on the other. You can experience these 2 striking contrasts within 10 kilometres of each other.
This quaint little town has a lot going for it, from a few good wineries, to inexpensive and informal hot spring resorts. There are small and friendly coffee shops and a rather unusual landmark pub, making this place an excellent stop during a self drive tour.
The Karoo has for long been an underrated destination in terms of game viewing, mostly because most of the game that would have been here has been replaced by sheep. However; a newly opened game reserve and wellness centre promises a new and unique malaria free game viewing experience to visitors of this region.
Barrydale is also great for wine lovers, where guests can sample export quality wines at the Barrydale Wine Cellar, which now also produces a special brandy.
Barrydale is a wonderful destination for nature lovers, offering unsurpassed vistas of mountain, hills and valleys, covered in a blanket of flowers during the spring and summer months. Guests can enjoy pleasant walks along footpaths in the semi-arid Klein Karoo, to more adventurous climbs in the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains.
Barrydale enjoys an idyllic climate with year round sunny weather. Winters are fresh, and the region may even experience light frost on the coldest days. Barrydale is situated about 3 hours by road from Cape Town. The Tradouw Mountain Pass is a beautiful pass linking Barrydale on the R62 with the N2 between Swellendam and Heidelberg. The most convenient airport is in Cape Town.