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Hex River Pass
De Doorns district, Western Cape

Thomas Charles John BAIN: Engineer
Type:Mountain Pass
Style:Industrial Archaeology


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33°23'52.00" S 19°46'06" E Alt: 320m

The pass is located in the Hex River Valley between the Hex River Mountains to the north and the Kwadouwberge to the South on the N1 between Worcester and Touws River. It is first mentioned by the traveller Thunberg in 1774 although an earlier writer in 1717 had referred to the river as the Ekse River, in other words the criss-cross river. This possibly gave rise to the name of the pass, although there are various explanations, some more fanciful than others! In the 1860s Thomas BAIN is said to have investigated and built an improved pass for the Divisional Council of Worcester. In 1939 the pass was reconstructed, then again in 1986 when it was built as a dual carriageway to the design of Ninham Shand with Concor as contractors.

Writings about this entry

Coyne, Patrick. 2010. A guide to South Africa's mountain passes and poorts. Westville: Osborne Porter Literary Services. pg 36-39
Potgieter, DJ (Editor-in-chief). 1972. Standard Encyclopaedia of South Africa [SESA] Volume 5 For-Hun. Cape Town: Nasou. pg 516(3)