The Bainskloof Pass opened in September 1853 and were the primary gateway to the northern parts of South Africa until Du Toitskloof Pass were completed in 1949. While Bainskloof Pass is one of South Africa's less travelled passes today, it still receives a frequent flow of traffic form the neighbouring towns and from tourists visiting the area.
The Cape colony became subject to British authority in the early 1800's. As the occupation of the Cape was primarily a military strategic move, the Brits were not eager to invest monetarily in the Colony. As such the building and maintenance of the Cape's long term logistic infrastructure were not high on their priority list.