Brinkshoogte Pass (R34)

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A short, steep hill on the tarred R34 between Newcastle and Memel, named after the Brink family over whose land the pass traverses. At only 1,45 km it ranks right near the bottom of our pass distance table but it does ascend 85 vertical metres over that distance to produce a stiff average gradient of 1:17 with the steepest bits being at 1:10

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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.

Onset of winter near BrinkshoogteOnset of winter near Brinkshoogte / Photo: TjeerdbaronThe 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.


Fact File:

GPS START  S27.648945 E29.864898
GPS SUMMIT S27.661424 E29.866698
GPS END  S27.661424 E29.866698
AVE GRADIENT 1:17
MAX GRADIENT 1:10
ELEVATION START 1300m
ELEVATION SUMMIT 1385m
ELEVATION END 1385m
HEIGHT GAIN/LOSS 85m
DISTANCE 1,45 km
DIRECTION - TRAVEL South
TIME REQUIRED 2 minutes
SPEED LIMIT 60 - 80 kph
SURFACE Tar (R34)
DATE FILMED 29.12.2015
TEMPERATURE 32C
NEAREST TOWN Newcastle (13 km)

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