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[Video cover photo by Jules of the Karoo safaris - Theron Family]
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Digging into the details:
Getting there: This little pass can be approached from several directions. The easiest is to drive along the R356 from Fraserburg towards Loxton. After 41 km turn left onto a minor gravel road at GPS S31.725934 E21.875174. Now drive northwards for 4 km to arrive at the southern start of the pass. It can also be approached from the north by turning east off the R361 at GPS S31.628799 E21.821353 and driving along a number of farm roads for 12 km to arrive at the northern start of the pass.
We have produced this pass from south to north. From the southern start the road starts ascending gently at first, but after 0,2 km the gradient ramps up quickly to 1:14 as the road climbs up a cleft in a low ridge of hills via a minor S-bend. The ascent gain is very small at just 14m and the summit of 1234m is reached at the 0,3 km point. There are good views to the west of the Rietrivier and what appears to be a runway just to the right of the river bank (probably to cater for crop-spraying aircraft) The descent begins almost immediately at a gentler gradient of 1:20.
There are only two minor changes in direction along this little bump in the vast expanse of the Central Karoo, neither of which require any adjustment in speed. At the 0,6 km mark, the gradients flatten out to almost level and the pass ends at the 1 km mark at an altitude of 1920m ASL. It's all over in 2 minutes flat, unless you get a puncture. This is one is for the extremely dedicated pass hunter.
Of all the provinces in South Africa, the Northern Cape has easily the highest number of official passes which are not really passes at all, some of them being so insignificant as to not merit publication on this website, but our goal and duty is to research, index and document every one of them, regardless of whether we think it is worthy or not. This is an official Northern Cape pass.
|GPS START||S31.696915 E21.865685|
|GPS SUMMIT||S31.692865 E21.864696|
|GPS END||S31.688619 E21.863151|
|DIRECTION - TRAVEL||NNW|
|TIME REQUIRED||2 minutes|
|SPEED LIMIT||60 kph|
|NEAREST TOWN||Fraserburg (45 km)|
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