Almansnek Pass

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Vryheid's vintage car club in action Vryheid's vintage car club in action - Photo: Photo: VVCC

This fairly minor tarred pass connects the town of Vryheid with Paulpietersburg in the north. It climbs 43m in altitude and is 2,79 km long, producing a comfortable average gradient of 1:33, with the steepest part being at 1: 13. The descent on the northern side is much steeper and loses 71m in altitude.

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Just to the north of Vryheid, lies the brooding bulk of the 1712m high eZungwini mountain, effectively blocking access into the north. The road and railway line north all share the valley just to the east of the mountain and it is here at the much smaller mountain, Almansnek [1338m] that the road rises to forge its way north along the eastern side of the railway line.

Getting there: From Vryheid take the tarred R69 heading east for 8 km and turn left (north) at GPS S27.775472 E30.886268 onto a tar road. Continue for 4,5 km to the southern start of the pass at the point where the rail line underpasses the road, just west of the Tendeka station.

The road climbs gently at a gradient of 1:35 leaving the Almansnek peak to the right (east) and then swings away to the left in sympathy with the mountain’s contours. 1,3 km after the start, the road swings back to the right again and straightens out into the north to reach the summit at 1303m ASL.

The descent changes direction towards the north-west after the summit and the pass ends at the intersection where another tar road joins this road from the left, which is an alternative access road from Vryheid, serving several farms in the Nooitgedacht area. The railway lines tunnel underneath the road at rhis point and reappear just to the right.

The big peak to your left (west) is the 1712,5m high summit of eZungwini. Continue heading north for 40 km to Paulpietersburg.

Vryheid is surrounded by a nature reserveAbove - Vryheid borders onto a nature reserve / Photo - Tillie Coetzee




Fact File:

GPS START  S27.738383 E30.883028
GPS SUMMIT S27.723972 E30.880889
GPS END  S27.718175 E30.873221
AVE GRADIENT 1:33
MAX GRADIENT 1:13
ELEVATION START 1256m
ELEVATION SUMMIT 1303m
ELEVATION END 1229m
HEIGHT GAIN/LOSS 84m
DISTANCE 2,79 km
DIRECTION - TRAVEL NNW
TIME REQUIRED 8 minutes
SPEED LIMIT 60 - 80 kph
SURFACE Tar
DATE FILMED 13.04.2015
TEMPERATURE 27C
NEAREST TOWN Vryheid (12 km)

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