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Digging into the details:
Getting there: Approaching from the north, drive up the Kamiesberg Pass from Kamieskroon. When you get to the first intersection at the eastern side of the Kamiesberg Pass, after 6,5 km keep going straight for another 4 km till the second intersection adjacent to the Bovlei farm. Keep right here and remain on the P2943 for 7 km heading due south, to arrive at the northern starting point of the Draaiklip Pass at a prominent intersection.
For those wanting to approach from the south, drive to Leliefontein from Garies on the N7 via the Studer's or Langkloof passes. Once at Leliefontein, continue heading north for another 7,5 km to arrive at the southern start of the pass.
We filmed this pass from north to south. The pass starts at an intersection, where a gravel road leads away to the right to the farm, Agtertuin. The road starts climbing steeply through a series of gentle S-bends into the SSE, then reaches a fairly sharp left hand bend at the 0,6 km point, which changes the heading into the south-east. Just before this bend, a minor road leads off to the right (west). This is a dead-end and leads to the farm with the unusual name of Trooi Cloetesplaat.
Just after this bend the gradient ramps up to a very stiff 1:5. In wet weather non 4WD vehicles might have traction issues here as this road gets muddy and slippery when the rains do eventually arrive (June to September).
The summit of 1194m is reached at the 1km mark, which is a blind rise. Keep well to the left hand side of the road in case of oncoming traffic. Immediately after cresting the summit, a new vista opens up of a long mountain plateau with the road snaking away into the distance. If you look to your left (east) you'll see a tall mountain wth a summit height of 1461m which is named Horinggatkop. The pass ends at the 1,4 km mark at the lowest point on the plateau.
|GPS START||S30.255870 E18.051730|
|GPS SUMMIT||S30.264141 E18.054795|
|GPS END||S30.267498 E18.054978|
|DIRECTION - TRAVEL||South|
|TIME REQUIRED||3 minutes|
|SPEED LIMIT||60 kph|
|NEAREST TOWN||Kamieskroon (17 km)|
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