Running from the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus over to Caledon, the Shaws Mountain Pass was built around 1825, and offers the traveller not only a short cut between the two towns, but some wonderful wine estates on the way as well as some lovely scenery of the Teselaarsdal flats.
It provides a habitat for a number of fynbos species, making it ecologically significant. Three of these are endemic to the site.
The pass ascends out of the valley. The source of the Klein River is on the slopes of Babilonstoren. The Klein River flows in an easterly direction, eventually running into the Klein River Lagoon at Stanford, nearly 80 km away.
Although not a major Pass by any means, it provides one with a diversion from the main routes and allows the traveller some choice with regards routes to take.
It is often incorrectly referred to as the Shaw's Pass.