Theo Martin's Poort (R80)

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Located along a natural poort through the Magaliesburg close to Pretoria, it forms part of the R80 highway. The poort is short at just over 2 km, but climbs quickly through 76m of altitude producing gradients of 1:10. The road connects many outlying suburbs to the north of the Magaliesberg with the city of Pretoria.

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Getting there: Connect with the R80 from west or east via the N4 highway and head south towards Pretoria on the R80 (Mabopane Highway). You will arrive at the northern start of Theo Martin's Poort 2,7 km after joining the R80 just after the on/off ramp to the R513.

This small suburban pass is one of several north-south passages through the Magaliesberg. It  lies just 5,25 km due east of Horn's Nek, which is featured elsewhere on this website. Being a freeway the road has up to three lanes in one direction up the ascents and two lanes on teh descents. The traffic moves fast on this road, which means there's not much time for enjoying the scenery.

Theo Martins Poort summit areaA busy road - fequently gridlocked with traffic in rush hour / Photo: Mike LeicesterThe road starts ascending immediately after the R513 interchange at a steady gradient of 1:10, as it gently curves a few degrees to the left (east) before reaching the summit point of 1379m, exactly 816m after the start. Here the road is hemmed in either side by the narrow confines of the poort. The descent is at a smilar gradient to the ascent, except longer.Once through the summit zone, the road curves gently back into its original heading. The poort ends after 2.1 km at an altitude of 1303m ASL.

After the poort section ends, the road curves through 90 degrees into the east and soon ends at the point where it forms an interchange with the R101 - (D.F. Malan Drive). Head south for 4 km on the R101 to arrive in Pretoria.

Our research was not able to find out who Theo Martins was and why this poort was named after him. Anyone with information should kindly let us know via the contact page on this website.

Fact File:

GPS START  S25.680090 E28.118264
GPS SUMMIT S25.686352 E28.121235
GPS END  S25.697995 E28.123871
DATE FILMED 15.08.2015
NEAREST TOWN Pretoria (14 km)

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