Bakenkop Pass

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This high altitude pass runs along the south-west/north-east axis connecting the R537 with the R40 just north of the Da Gama Dam. It is located approximately 12 km ESE of Sabie, as the crow flies. The pass summits at 1638m and there is almost always cloud covering the higher sections of this pass, creating misty and low visibiity conditions. The average gradient is 1:17 (moderate) but there are some very steep sections at 1:5 

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Getting there: Take the R537 out of Sabie to the South-East and turn left onto the gravel road at GPS S25.136121 E30.819164. Remail on this road for 5,5 km until you reach a Y-junction. Keep left and follow the gravel roas to the summit of the Bakenkop Pass. The pass is named after the high peak nearby (Bakenkop) with a summit height of 1663m.

View of the R537 from the Bakenkop PassLooking down at the perfect curves of the R537 from the Bakenkop Pass / Photo: tommyjFrom the summit the pass starts desending immediately via aseries of gentle S-curves to skirt the Bakenkop on its eastern side. It curves into the north for a brief period, then enters a sharp right hand turn of 120 degrees. The road descends steadily at an average gradient of 1:17 through stands of pine plantations, passing the farm Hebron.

Beyond the pass, the road continus past Ligfontein sawmill and later past the Witwater Forest Station. The road connects with the R40 near the DaGama Dam at GPS S25.136638 E31.002930



Gravel travel on the Bakenkop PassLovely gravel travel on the Bakenkop Pass / Photo: Tracks4Africa


Fact File:

GPS START 

S25.141167 E30.873578

GPS SUMMIT

S25.141167 E30.873578

GPS END 

S25.121067 E30.908833

AVE GRADIENT

1:17

MAX GRADIENT

1:5

ELEVATION START

1638m

ELEVATION SUMMIT

1638m

ELEVATION END

1325m

HEIGHT GAIN/LOSS

313m

DISTANCE

5,28 km

DIRECTION - TRAVEL

North-East

TIME REQUIRED

15 minutes

SPEED LIMIT

60 kph

SURFACE

Gravel

DATE FILMED

18.06.2014

TEMPERATURE

17C

NEAREST TOWN

Sabie (20km)


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