Barrydale lies nestled betweenOudtshoorn and Montagu in the heart of the Tradouw Valley. The quaint village rests at the bottom of the Langeberg Mountain Range on the longest wine route in the world, the R62.

Barrydale is the perfect destination for anyone looking to restore body and soul. It is a breathtakingly beautiful little village where those who visit never want to leave. This valley is beautiful at any time of the year, Summer offers ripe fruit trees, Autumn brings the Protea season and Winter exhibits a tapestry of colours as the Klein Karoo typically breaks into flower.

The Tradouw Valley not only produces fruit and despite being the smallest Valley in the country, it is also a proud producer of some incredible wines and brandies. There is an unforgettable hike into the surrounding mountains that is not to be passed up. It is highly recommend that you also exercise your legs by meandering along the main road of this unique village and visit a few shops, enjoy a meal and just generally enjoy this small atmosphere, old world charm and the amazing views that surround it!

Visitors can enjoy their stay at the Karoo Art Hotel or any one of the nearby Game Lodges. The town also has a few Self-catering Units or Guest Houses available for tourists.

Places to Visit

Things to do and see

  • Barrydale Heritage Garden
  • Magpie Art Collective Gallery
  • Barrydale Cellar
  • Barrydale Hand Weavers
  • Tradouw Pass
  • Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
  • Marloth Nature Reserve
  • Anysberg Nature Reserve
  • The Manger Farm Labyrinth, Lemoenshoek

Climate

The area receives its rainfall throughout the year, with the lowest occurring in January and the highest in August.

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 27˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 5˚C and 17˚C.

Transport

There are daily domestic and international flights intoCape Town International Airport, 247 km away via the N1 and domestic flights into George Airport, 200 km away via the N2. Car rental companies are located at the Airport.

Festivals

April – Unplugged 62 Blues Festival: Hosted at the Joubert-Tradouw Wine Farm, the festival offers the best of Blues Music and Karoo Food.

October / November – Annual Portuguese Festival: Three days of all Portuguese from Food & Wine to Music and everything else Portugal!

History

Settlers who were attracted to the Overberg began searching for new land to farm in the early 1700’s. The area around Barrydale proved to be perfect because of its fertile soil and ample supply of water.

Farmers found it difficult travelling through Tradouw Poort as it proved too steep for a wagon route and the trip via Cogman’s Kloof was too time-consuming. It was therefore decided, in 1867, to build a road through the Langeberg Mountains, linkingSwellendamwith the now village known as Barrydale.

In time the farmers living along the Tradouw Pass, decided they wanted their own church and chose the spot where the R62 and the R324 meet and thus the village of Barrydale owes its existence to both a Church and a Crossroads.

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