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Digging into the details:
Getting there: From Newcastle head west towards the Drakensberg and ascend over the Mullers Pass route. From the summit, it is 6 km to the start of the Beste Hoogte Pass. If you are driving from Memel in the north, it is 25 km from Memel via the Lafrashoogte Pass to the northern start of the pass.
On the way to the start, about 2,5 km from the summit of Mullers Pass, there is the Tweespruit Waterfall on the right hand side (east) of the road on the Blinkwater river, which is well worth the short detour at GPS S27.850311 E29.678113.
At the start of the pass there is a fork. The right hand fork heads along the Drakensberg escarpment and heads for the Kranskop area. It also gives access to a number of extreme 4x4 routes, including the Donkies Pass which descends down to the Vulintaba Country Estate as well as Sak se Pad 4x4. Our route however takes the left hand fork, via a 90 degree bend to the left (west).
The road starts climbing immediately at a stiff gradient of 1:14, but the climb and only has a mino righthand curve. It heads directly west towards a low point in the hills. This is where the Beste farmstead is located and where the pass gets its name from. The summit is 1 km from the start at an altitude of 1893m ASL. The views from the summit are a 360 panorama and well worth stopping for a few minutes.
The descent is short at just 500m and very steep at 1:5, which will result in traction issues for non 4WD vehicles in wet weather. Just 1,5 km later, you will arrive at the Lafrashoogte Pass, after the fork where the road from the Normandien Pass joins this road. The town of Memel is reached 25 km later.
|GPS START||S27.830705 E29.671582|
|GPS SUMMIT||S27.830311 E29.661994|
|GPS END||S27.827992 E29.657414|
|DIRECTION - TRAVEL||WNW|
|TIME REQUIRED||5 minutes|
|SPEED LIMIT||60 kph|
|NEAREST TOWN||Memel (24 km)|
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