Founded in 1882 by the Barry family of Swellendam, and nestling in the folds of the Langeberg Mountains, Barrydale is renowned for it�s vygies (mesembrayanthenums), brandy, peaches, apples, pears and apricots. The town can be approached from three directions: From the Overberg and the Garden Route via the magnificent Tradouw Pass. From Montagu and the fertile Tradouw Valley or from Oudtshoorn over the starkly beautiful Klein Karoo.

The region was referred to as Kannaland on a map produced in 1843, this name being derived from the genus, Kanna. This area has a higher rainfall than the Karoo, which gave rise to permanent populations of Quena or Hottentot people of the Attaqua tribe in the low lying floor of the valley and to the Bushmen / Khoisan, who inhabited the mountains.



Summer: Hot during day – dry heat, up to 40 C, wind from the sea every afternoon, moderate, cool evenings. Winter: Sunny days, cold nights, occasional frost. Rainfall: 200 mm per year, often with the changing of seasons. Prevailing winds: From the south in summer, hot wind from the North in August.

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