27 February 2012
Tradouw Pass for a Swim
Date: 12 February 2012
Location: on the Tradouw Pass, not far from Swellendam
Walkers/Swimmers: Helen, Ian & John
It was a warm and sunny afternoon and we took a drive from Swellendam, through the little village of Suurbraak and along the Tradouw Pass direction Barrydale. The plan was to find a suitable spot to have a little picnic and a swim in the river.
This route is a very pleasant scenic drive and we stopped a couple of times to admire the view. The road was built by Thomas Bain in the 1870s.
After Stone Haven (a private nature reserve) we found a place where the road passed quite close to the river, and we decided it would be a good spot to do some exploring. It was just a short stroll to the water. We looked up and down river to find the best swimming hole.
Gorgeous mountains all around us!
The rocks were very pretty too - smooth and shiny, with pastel streaks.
There was a lot of this wild flower around. A type of statis perhaps?
It wasn't long 'til we located a perfect place for a dip.
Easy access into a deep pool. Hugely refreshing!
Afterwards we sat on the rocks, nibbling our snacks, watching the clouds pass by and enjoying being outside on such a perfect afternoon.