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Skyline of Barrydale
Skyline of Barrydale
Barrydale is located in Western Cape
 Barrydale shown within Western Cape
Coordinates: 33°54′S 20°44′E / 33.900°S 20.733°E / -33.900; 20.733Coordinates: 33°54′S 20°44′E / 33.900°S 20.733°E / -33.900; 20.733
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Overberg
Municipality Swellendam
Established 1882
 • Total 25.77 km2 (9.95 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 4,156
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 3.6%
 • Coloured 83.3%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 11.9%
 • Other 0.8%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 90.6%
 • English 6.6%
 • Xhosa 1.1%
 • Other 1.7%
Postal code (street) 6750
PO box 6750
Area code 028

Barrydale is a village located on the border of the Overberg and Klein Karoo regions of the Western Cape Province in South Africa. Named after James Barry, it is situated at the northern end of the Tradouw's pass which winds its way through the mountains to Swellendam.


Barrydale's history dates back to the early 18th century when farmers moved into the area looking for fertile arable land with water. The community built their church on a spot where the R62 and R324 roads meet. In the days before the church was built there were a number of nagmaal houses (houses where Holy Communion could be celebrated) and a school, but not much else. The Dutch Reformed Community of Barrydale came into being in 1878 when land was purchased to build the church.

As the farmers in the area were encouraged to plant vineyards and orchards, it was natural that a winery and distillery would eventually be built. In 1940 the Barrydale Koöperatiewe Wynkelder was formed and a distillery established giving rise to the wine industry in the area. Joseph Barry Brandy, produced locally, was voted best brandy in the world in 2003.

Over the years the village grew and eventually a municipality was established in 1921. Today there is an estimated population of ~4100 permanent residents. The population increases dramatically in the tourist season, with visitors drawn by arts and crafts displays including textiles, jewellery and African souvenirs.


Barrydale has a temperate climate of warm, dry summers with averages of 25°C occasionally up to 35°C, and mild, wet winters when the temperature occasionally dips to around -1°C accompanied by light frosts.

The warm temperate climate is perfect for the growth of various fruit trees with numerous orchards on the fertile soils of the Tradouw Valley. Apples, pears and oranges are harvested in the winter and crops of apricots, figs, cling peaches and grapes in the summer.


The town still shows the legacy of the apartheid era when it was divided in two to separate whites from non-whites, a large proportion of which are direct descendants of the indigenous Khoisan tribe. Barrydale is culturally diverse for a small village with English- and Afrikaans-speaking inhabitants as well as a substantial European expatriate community including French, German, Spanish and Italian residents.

The annual Barrydale Spring Festival in October is an important event on the town's calendar. The Joseph Barry Tradouw Pass Half Marathon attracts a large number of runners who compete over a 21 km course through the pass.

Flora and fauna[edit]

Grootvadersbosch N.R.

Barrydale and the surrounding area is rich in species diversity with abundant wildlife such as baboons, genets, mongooses, klipspringer (small khaki-coloured antelope often seen perched on rocks), and rock hyraxes, known locally as dassies (smaller relatives of the elephant). More elusive animals, such as porcupines, aardvarks, jackals, otters and the reclusive leopards, are occasionally seen in the mountains. Reptiles are common, especially snakes, with a few poisonous species such as puff adder, boomslang (tree snake) and Cape cobra.

The area is also home to numerous bird species such as the Cape eagle-owl, hadeda ibis, grey heron, sunbird (these often have iridescent plumage), fiscal shrike which impales its prey on acacia thorns or barbed wire, and black eagles often seen soaring high overhead on the thermals.

The area has many rare plant species, notably the fynbos flora on the slopes of the Langeberg mountain range in the south, and succulent-dominated Karroid flora to the north. There are many private and state reserves in the area such as the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve.

Churches in Barrydale[edit]

Like in many other South African cities and villages there are church buildings of different denominations.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Barrydale". Census 2011. 

External links[edit]

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Alberta Daily Herald Tribune

Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:22:30 -0700

The Peace School of Hope got approval for a $50,000 addition of two classrooms as well as an extension to the Barrydale House dormitory. The school, established by what was then known as the GP Retarded Children's Association, had 36 students (21 of ...

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Sun, 15 Nov 2015 11:38:04 -0800

The shooter remained at large following the 11:50 p.m. shooting at a home in the 14100 block of Barrydale Street, in the unincorporated county area of West Valinda, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said in a written statement. Enrique Ortiz Jr ...

Independent Online

Independent Online
Thu, 15 Dec 2011 00:23:57 -0800

Barrydale is one of the smaller towns on the now famous Route 62, which once linked Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and the Garden Route before the N2 was built, and it's a good way to get to Oudtshoorn, where they keep the Cango Caves and many ostriches.


Fri, 19 Feb 2016 05:07:30 -0800

Many people know about Cape Town, the beautiful city at the southern tip of Africa. But not as many know much about the country Cape Town is a part of: South Africa. You may have heard the country has good wine, or that you can go on safari, but did ...
Independent Online
Mon, 21 Mar 2016 05:37:24 -0700

Cape Town - Seven people died in an horrific accident in Montaguon Sunday when their vehicle overturned and burst into flames. Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa said the accident happened between Montagu and Barrydale on Sunday afternoon.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times
Mon, 16 Nov 2015 17:29:06 -0800

Enrique Ortiz Jr., a 17-year-old Latino, died of gunshot wounds Sunday, Nov. 15, in the 14100 block of Barrydale Street in West Puente Valley, an unincorporated community near West Covina, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records. The shooting ...

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Tue, 15 Mar 2016 03:45:30 -0700

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Eyewitness News

Eyewitness News
Mon, 28 Mar 2016 02:18:02 -0700

We traveled on the Montagu-Barrydale road but very soon realized it was somewhat of a mistake! Fortunately we made it home safe and sound. It seems those of us who do not exceed the speed limit and do not believe in blind overtaking are in thee wrong!

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