This is a simple, yet classic, high altitude pass with few bends and easy gradients with the steepest parts being near the summit at 1:11. The pass connects Volksrust in the west with Wakkerstroom to the east on the tarred R543 route. The area offers glorious mountain scenery with kloofs, waterfalls, wetlands and is a renowned birding hotspot. The pass is suitable for all vehicles, except when it snows.
This gravel pass lies off the R355 between Middelburg and Burgersfort and provides an easy east-west link for local farming communities. The pass can be devided into two halves with the western 4 km being very easy and then the Wapdskloof proper is ascended for the first 3,7 km providing good scenery and some steep gradients, where the driving is more challenging. The pass can be driven in almost any vehicle, but like all gravel roads, conditions can deteriorate very quickly in bad weather.
This gravel pass is frequented by the paragliding fraternity to access the hills which provide perfect lift. The 7 km pass runs on the north/south axis and drops almost 400m in altitude via a series of steep turns and hairpins to level off at the Wilgekraal farmstead, after which the pass is named. The average gradient of this pass is 1:14 with the steepest sections registering 1:6. In wet weather, this will be a slippery drive!
This fairly straight-forward pass lies north of the Kwena Dam (previously known as the Braam Raubenheimer Dam) on the tarred R36 route between Machadodorp in the south-west and Lydenburg in the north-east. The pass is also known as Witklip se Hoogte.
Cautionary : At the time of filming the R36 in its entirety is riddled with potholes to the point of being dangerous to drive on. This includes both the passes on this road - Witklip se Hoogte and Chomse se Hoogte. The road is scheduled for reconstruction in 2016/2017.
This gravel road pass should be viewed in conjunction with the Mokobulaan Pass as they follow each other from south to north towards Lydenburg. It rises 296 vertical meters over 7,62 km to summit at 1251m producing an average gradient of 1:26. There are however, some very steep sections at 1:4. The start of the pass can be located on the R593 about midway between Machadodorp and Montrose.
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