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Digging into the details:
Getting there: Head east on the Memel Road (R34) and descend the Drakensberg escarpment via the historic Botha's Pass . Fourteen kilometres later the road swings through a big right hand turn into the south, to arrive at the northern start of this little pass. On the way the R34 traverses two farms both on the left hand side of the road - Tweefontein and Brinkshoop, the latter being the farm owned by the Brink family.
The pass starts at its lowest altitude of 1300m ASL at the crossing of a small stream which provides irrigation to the next farm, Skuinshoogte and ascends swiftly in a gentle bend to the right at a steady gradient then bends slightly to the left (east). It reaches it's steepest point opposite the turn off to the farm Morgan's Place, where the gradient is 1:10
Near the summit, keep a look out for a distinct peak on the right hand (west) side of the road, called Donovan's Kop which has a summit height of 1530,6m.
The pass ends at 1385m where the road straightens out into the south. Continue for a further 14 km to arrive in the busy industrial town of Newcastle.
|GPS START||S27.648945 E29.864898|
|GPS SUMMIT||S27.661424 E29.866698|
|GPS END||S27.661424 E29.866698|
|DIRECTION - TRAVEL||South|
|TIME REQUIRED||2 minutes|
|SPEED LIMIT||60 - 80 kph|
|NEAREST TOWN||Newcastle (13 km)|
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