Latest News! 10th December, 2015

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Prince Alfreds Pass Prince Alfreds Pass - Photo: Photo: Panoramio

Thomas Bain is probably the most repeated name on this website. He left a legacy for all South Africans and many of his roads can still be driven today. A true son of Knysna, Thomas Bain left his indelible mark on South African roads with his trademark retaining walls and clever designs.

This week we bring you an upgraded version of his Opus Magnum - Described as a 'work of monumental proportions' as he forged a 68 km long winding pass through some of South Africa's most dificult terrain - working with pick, shovel and gunpowder and an unskilled and unwilling labour force of 250 convicts, he took just 4 years to build the 68 km long pass through mountainous terrain between Knysna and Uniondale.

The relevant page on the website has attracted over 15,000 views since we first published it. It is also one of the most comprehensively covered passes on our website with 6 videos covering the entire pass. This is an indication of the popularity and national interest in this amazing pass. If you haven't driven this pass, make a plan, Stan! (In the immortal words of Paul Simon)

It's Christmas time and a perfect opportunity to pay homage to South Africa's most famous pass builder. Click on the link below to view the pass page.


If you want to learn more about Thomas Bain and his father Andrew Geddes Bain, we have a special tribute page on this website in his honour, which you can access here: THE BAIN LEGACY.

Drive safely over the holidays. We want you back here in 2016!


Trygve Roberts

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