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The natural divide between the plains of the Great Karoo and the lush valleys of the Little Karoo has always been the imposing Swartberg range of mountains in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. There was a time when these crags were impossible to breach, and people had to take circuitous routes to get to their destinations.

Thus a road between Oudtshoorn and the charming village of Prince Albert became one of the first mountain pass projects through the Swartberg.

Thomas Bain, an extraordinary road engineer dubbed ‘The Man with Theodolite Eyes', at that time had built 16 of the country's most challenging mountain passes, learning his craft from his father, Andrew Geddes Bain, a brilliant road engineer, palaeontologist, geologist and explorer.

Thomas Bain worked with 200 convicts and a lot of gunpowder to complete the Swartberg Pass. Today, more than 120 years after it was built, the Swartberg pass still stands strong - a testimony to Bain's work.

Note the mountain pass road that is sloping upwards; the locals are dead against tarring the road. The Swartberg mountain pass has extremely low accident levels, for which most credit Bain and his ‘Theodolite Eyes'.

Extracted from: www.southafricanet.com

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  • Copyright: May Mah (mayjayne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 376 W: 23 N: 1134] (7380)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-02-01
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-08-02 8:53
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