This species is endemic to South Africa, where it occurs in the Southwestern Cape Folded Belt east of Breede River and north of Worcester, in Western Cape Province. It ranges from Matsikammaberg near Vanrhynsdorp in the north, southward to the Hex River Mountains, and eastwards along the Langeberg mountain range to the Outenique, Swartberg and Kammanassie ranges, entering Eastern Cape Province marginally at Misgund in the Tsitsikamma Mountains. Its altitudinal range is 1,000-1,600 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of mountain fynbos heathland and grassy fynbos. It breeds in shallow pools in seepage areas, or moist depressions, vleis and slow streams. It uses both permanent and temporary waterbodies.
It is a locally common species.
The main the threat is loss of its fynbos habitat, mainly because of the spread of alien vegetation and fires taking place too frequently. Expanding human settlements might be a future threat.
It occurs in several protected areas that cover much of its range.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Capensibufo tradouwi. In: IUCN 2014