Bouldersberg Pass (D286)

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This pass, together with it's sister pass, the Mpageni Pass forms the bulk of the old Nelspruit-Kaapmuiden road. It is a narrow tarred road [D286] that traverses the Crocodile Poort Nature Reserve. It climbs 473 vertical meters over a distance of 6,65 km to produce a stiff average gradient of 1:14, with some sections as steep as 1:5. The pass terminates where the Mpageni Pass starts (at the summit). Watch out for wild animals, especially at night and it should also be noted that there are two control booms, where you have to sign in and out. 

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Digging into the details:

The pass starts in the south at the bridge near the turn-off to the De Hoop farm. It then starts ascending from 757m ASL via a 110 left hand bend towards the north-east as it traverses the Katzenberg. It then goes through a 170 degree horsehoes bend and heads into the south whilst ascending steeply. After the S-curve, the road curves towards the SSE as it follows the ridge through the Stonehaven farm. After a 1 km straight climb, the summit is reached at 964m at a neck in the mountains. There is a gravel road leading off to the left and a telecomms tower on the right which marks the summit of the pass.

Immediately after this point, where the descent begins, it is known as the Mpgani pass, which is featured elsewhere on this website. This road offers an interesting and more leisurely traverse to Kaapmuiden, compared to the much busier N4 which follows the course of the Crocodile River through the poort and carries large volumes of heavy trucks.

Granite outcropsRocky outcrops are common on the Bouldersberg Pass / Photo: tommyj


Fact File:

GPS START 

S25.505598 E31.167991

GPS SUMMIT

S25.542588 E31.196043

GPS END 

S25.542588 E31.196043

AVE GRADIENT

1:14

MAX GRADIENT

1:5

ELEVATION START

491m

ELEVATION SUMMIT

964m

ELEVATION END

964m

HEIGHT GAIN/LOSS

473m

DISTANCE

6,65 km

DIRECTION - TRAVEL

South-East

TIME REQUIRED

15 minutes

SPEED LIMIT

40 - 80 kph

SURFACE

Tar (D286)

DATE FILMED

09.06.2014

TEMPERATURE

18C

NEAREST TOWN

Nelspruit (30km)


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