Suurbraak


Suurbraak Skeynwerkers co-op
Suurbraak Skrynwerkers co-op where craftsmen make Van Gogh-style chairs by hand from canary pine with woven seats, using unseasoned wood to make the chair legs and other cylindrical parts (known as bodging)

Mission Station
It started life as a mission station for the London Mission Society in 1812 on the invitation of Hans Moos, the Attaqua Khoi leader at the time. Together with Mamre and Genandendal, it's one of the oldest mission stations in the country. In 1875 it was taken over by the Algemeende Sending Kerk and in 1880 the congregation split, and an Anglican Church was built. The first church, parsonage and school, as well as some of the old houses around the village square have been restored.

Tradouw Pass
The pass is scenic, winding through the ravine created by the Tradouw River, the steep slopes on either side covered in fynbos. Here and there are places to pull over and drink in the view or find a hidden waterfall. Stop at the parking area on the left just after the Drupkelder, a small cave. This is the highest point of the 315m pass, where you can look down into the dark river.
The pass was built by the brilliant road engineer Thomas Bain (who also built the Swartberg Pass near Prince Albert, among others). Although part of the pass was rebuilt in 1979, you can still see lots of the old stone work. Bain arrived in 1869 and lived at Lismore Farm just outside Suurbraak. Two convict stations were built to house the labourers and rocks were shattered with gunpowder charges. The first 4km took a whole year to build and the pass finally opened in 1873.