Reviews submitted by visitors to the Mountain Passes South Africa website
Steve Lubbe - 26th January, 2017
Thanx to all at MountainPassesSouthAfrica - this is the no 1 website to go to when planning routes
Dr. Danny Liebenberg - 26th January, 2017
Thank you for the entertaining post every week. It brings back so many happy memories
Heine Engelbrecht - 25th January, 2017
Great work keep it up. Will most definitely support the good work
Pieter Swart - 25th january, 2017
Thank you very much. This is one of my favourite sites.
Bruce Deary - 14th January, 2017
Fascinated with your article on Potters Pass. I was born in EL in 1942 My grandfather George Starkey was the Mayor. I moved to Cape Town with my parents in 1949 and returned to visit EL for the first Grand Prix. Camped out with my cousin Norman Starkey. My wife and I will be in the Boland next week and we are looking forward to exploring some of the beautiful passes in the area. Thank you for your effort in stimulating interest in all those beautiful passes.
Frank Pain - 11th January, 2017
Thank you very much for this excellent site.
Hermann Böhmer - 9th January, 2017
I wish to compliment you on a fantastic and informative website that I discovered for the first time when preparing to do the Sani Pass over the December/January holidays. What an experience that trip was and thanks to your site I felt well-prepared, also to brief my fellow-passengers. Overall I really like your website and will be a regular user.
Callie du Preez - 9th December, 2016
Thanks for a wonderful website. I live in the Eastern Cape (Somerset East) and plan a trip over 5 of the passes (Waainek, Blinkwater, Bosnek, Katberg and Fullershoek) that you have covered on the website.
Johann Kritzinger - 5th December, 2016
The master Map is a fantastic feature and a great help in plotting a trip to include some new passes
Andrew Brown (RHB Photography) - 5th December, 2016
I would like to say thanks for your informative site on the passes of SA. I have just returned from taking my new Suzuki Jimny for it's maiden long run. We went through the Eastern Cape highlands, and included Naudes Nek and Jouberts Pass, among many others in the 'test drive'. The information from your site really helped me decide and plan my trip... so thanks very much..
Schalk Boshoff - 2nd December, 2016
I want to congratulate you with your project on our mountain passes. This is my favourite website and apart from all the information, the website itself, is of the highest quality. I will definitely add some Northern and Western Cape passes to my list next year.
James Lishman - 12th November, 2016
You really present these passes so professionally - A real pleasure to watch
Massimo dal Corso - 8th November, 2016
Awesome! Thanks indeed for the support and congratulations on the website...It's become my favourite!
Adam Sims (Plymouth, England) - 7th November, 2016
Thanks Trygve, keep up the good work, your guides are fantastic!
David Rae - 18th October, 2016
I was browsing the web on South African mountain passes and came across your website. Thanks for sharing all your info on passes in and around South Africa - it has been very helpful and interesting. I look forward reading more of your articles and look forward to doing some of your trips.
Ilmarie Pennington - 17th October, 2016
A really fantastic site to view parts of our country most of us never see.
Willem von Wilich 15th October, 2016
Congratulations with your outstanding publication... I love it!
Kobus Mouton - 28th September, 2016
I want to compliment everyone who was involved in setting up this website and who did all the work. This info is really extremely helpful. Much appreciated.
Lucy Alexander - 26th September, 2016
What a fantastic site you have created!
Colin Paine - 22nd September, 2016
Thank you so much for your webpage and videos. I find your newsletters fantastic. A real treat. Thank you so much.
Alex de Mooij Magee - 22nd September, 2016
Really enjoying your website and finding new and amazing roads and passes to experience. Thank you for sharing.
Jose Pasquet - 1st September, 2016
First of all, thank you for your wonderful website. I have been using it a lot to plan my escapades (by motorbike) and when I can't travel for real, I travel with your videos. Wonderful work!
Neil Swire-Griffiths - 23rd August, 2016
Fantastic site, very informative and so well done! Thank you
Tom de Roo - 11th August. 2016
Thanks so much for your massively informative website and newsletter.
Dr. Anne Blacklaws - 28th July, 2016
I find your updates fascinating, thank you!
Mark Hinrichsen (SANPARKS) - 19th July, 2016
Once again many thanks for allowing us to use one of your articles for the Tankwa news. At a recent SANParks HR meeting I was pleased to hear fellow members discussing the benefits of your website so I hope we can spread the message far and wide.
Patrick Odoherty- 15th July, 2016
Thanks for such an awesome website. It is so well put together with such detail and care as well as being easily navigated. A rare thing these days for someone to take such pride in their work. Well done!
Desmond Matthee - 12th July, 2016
Wow. What an awesome amount of good info on the website. You guys deserve all the credits coming to you.
Sisanda Mbete - 2nd July, 2016
Your website is a boon, perfect for tracking my count, and findng new roads!.. Many thanks to you and your team!...
Lydene Naylor (Hogsback Inn) - 16th June, 2016
Many thanks indeed for your wonderful footage of Hogsback and the pass.
Alan Hobson - 13th June, 2016
Found your website very interesting and informative and realised how much more of the country I could explore.
John Cryer - 21st May, 2016
What a super article. My lady and I are visiting friends in Bedford E.C. For a couple of weeks in July and would like to follow a couple of your drives.
Lew Campbell (Tiffindell Ski Resort) - 30th April, 2016
We are all fans of your www & Facebook ........ It is amazing that you can still find roads and passes in this day and age that haven’t been uncovered and documented yet... Keep up the good work.
Nico Steenekamp - 28th April, 2016
Congratulations on an excellent website. I enjoy it and use it often. I am a mountain biker and use the site to explore routes and passes, a great information source!
Arie Fourie - 30th March, 2016
I am a subscriber to your website. Allow me congratulate you on an excellent source of information!
Leon Labuschagne - 18th March, 2016
How wonderful to have discovered this site. Just returned from Eastern Cape and a portion of the Baviaanskloof. It would have been a plus plus to have discovered this site before then. Congratulations and thanks for being part of the most beautiful place on Mother Earth. South Africa!
Rudi Viljoen - 17th March, 2016
Just a quick note to thank you for the fantastic website and all the work that you and your team puts into this. I am absolutely addicted to it.
My wife and I have just returned from a amazing three week mountain passes motorbike trip and used your website extensively to chase down a few passes. I now have become an avid pass chaser looking to mark of each and everyone of them. We live in Magoebaskloof and run a small family business from here. On this trip we have done almost 5000 km to the Cape, going via the Swartberg and Die Hel, all the way to the Ceres mountains over the Pakhuis pass, Kouberg pass, Hoek se berg, and Kraaiberg to Wupperthal. From their back to George covering few passes in the area, over to Hogsback pass in the rain and doing a very slippery gravel road to Cathcart.
What an amazing trip it was, thanks to your website and well researched info on each one of these passes
Thank you again.
Allen Bullard - 26th November, 2016
We have used your website for inspiration for our motorcycle trip from Durban, taking in all the passes around Oudshoorn, George, Cedarberg. This in December, can't wait!
Matthew Covarr - 15th October, 2015
We've been covering a number of your routes and passes by bicycle over the past few months. I have to commend you guys on your site and info you provide, there is nothing else like it! Thank you and keep it up!
Leena Moabelo - 11th Ocober, 2015
I absolutely love your webpage!
Ralph F Ketzer - 4th October, 2015
Compliments on an excellent website and your wonderful range of videos!
Chris Milne - 14th September, 2015
Thanks for a great web-site.
Dave Sewell - 11h September, 2015
Your website is fantastic, I must tell you.
Denis Handley - 5th September, 2015
I recently discovered your site. What a fantastic one for anyone interested in 4x4, passes etc!!
Ross Norval - 20th July, 2015
I'm a keen reader of your website, and have loved its evolution to excellence.
Burckhardt Krieg - 7th July, 2015
Thank you for a splendid and superb web site. This is highly appreciated and I hope you will take this web site a long way.
Cobus Brink - 18th June, 2015
First let me convey my thanks and appreciation to you for having tackled the job of documenting our lovely passes. And what a success it is. Also thanks for sharing this information in the way you do. Me and the wife are frequent visitors to your site, sometimes to check something, but more often to just sit back and live the experience.
Rosemary Smythe - 18th June, 2015
I just love your information. Thank you for coming up with such a great idea! Driving passes is a passion!
Papviel - 15th June, 2015
Love the site. It is my new travel checklist.
Philip Pnematicatos - 11th June, 2015
Such an interesting site!!
Chris Malcolm - 15th May, 2015
Thanks for your great website, it's helped me venture on some epic road trips recently!
Peter Jarvis - 12th May, 2015
I must say that you have done a wonderful job with your website, it is great.
Frederick Calitz - 30th April, 2015
Eerstens wil ek se dat ek jou website baie geniet en gebruik
Deon Loubser - 23rd April, 2015
What a great site this is...such attention to detail and passion and great coverage, just fantastic. I was watching the Gamkaskloof series and getting all emotional.
Dirk Meintjies - 17th April, 2015
Your website is simply awesome, well done!
Dico van Eeden - 7th April, 2015
My friends and I just want to thank you for a very informative website. It formed the basis of our Easter weekend trip where we tried to do only gravel and mountain passes, plus some port tasting in Calitzdorp. In total, we did 22 full passes and half of the Wittnekke pass.
Deon de Swardt - 30th March, 2015
Baie baie baie dankie vir hierdie pragtige webwerf !!! Voorwaar iets besonders en pragtige bydrae tot die INTERNET !!!
Jenny - 5th March, 2015
The Bain Legacy - Really fascinating and will be a great tool for the planning of future trips. Well done to everyone involved. Kind regards, Jenny
Stephan Terblanche 24th February, 2015
During December 2014 I drove the Baviaans Kouga off road route of 73 km and what an adventure it was. I was the only vehicle on this road and also camped on the route and have experienced the total remoteness, the most scenic mountains and a magnificent sunset on a road less traveled.
Kwestie - 24th February, 2015
Bezuidenhouts Pass - What a pass! Drove up just before new years on our way to Royal Natal, included the passes from Sandspruit turnoff and zigzaged our way west. Met some bikers on their way down, ignoring their warning that conditions were less than ideal; smiling, saying thats why we're here?
Tim - 23rd February, 2015
So far, have viewed the Elands Pass video. It's great, much better footage than I got in June 2014. The drive is definitely a "must" for anyone who likes minor country roads. And the hospitality at Fonteinplaas, where we spent a night, was superb.
Christo - 18th February, 2015
It is really a pleasure to view these passes, South Africa is so beautiful.
Johan Pienaar - 7th February, 2015
Thank you for another outstanding experience.
Hermann Krug - 5th February, 2015
Thank you for all your effort. It is a great resource for my motorcycle trips in RSA and a lot of fun to read, watch and experience! Great and passionate job you do with this project! Best regards from cold Hamburg / Germany - Hermann
Gary Duggan - 5th February, 2015
Thanks for your informative website and info, I will most certainly make use of it again to find other lesser known passes in KZN and the rest of SA.
Ian Lander - 2nd February, 2015
Good afternoon, I have just come back from the Eastern Cape and made extensive use of your website.. I had no idea how beautiful the area was. We had a wonderful time climbing the passes in the area.
Jaco Erasmus - 2nd February, 2015
Thanks for the amazing website.
Richard Gillatt - 2nd February, 2015
I forgot to thank you for an amazing web site. I just love watching the videos and reading about the different mountain passes.
Lucas Nigrini - 28th January, 2015
I am extremely grateful for the hard work that you have done. I am not a 4x4 enthusiast but I would like to travel through as many of these passes as possible in the next 10 years.
Paul Carnall - 22nd January, 2015
What an amazing web site! I have really enjoyed reading your write-ups and learning more about our beautiful countries passes. My wife and I were in Wilderness recently and based on one of your recent posts decided to visit the Montagu Pass. What amazing beauty! Thanks for a fantastic site.
Bobby Stodel - 20th January, 2015
I want to compliment you on a wonderful site at mountainpassessouthafrica.co.za.
Peter Hanger - 16th January, 2015
Thank you for a wonderful website and FB page. You went to a lot of trouble to give us a lot of travelling pleasure! Thank you!
Peter Taylor - 13th January, 2015
Hi Trygve, I really enjoyed your report on these two passes (Gifberg & Ouberg). It reminded me of when I took a few friends on a trip through the area a little while ago.
Saskia Vano - 12th January, 2015
Many thanks for your beautiful website which has the best information ever!
Eugene Rossouw - 2nd January, 2015
I just have to compliment you on the Langeni Pass, job very well done! I love that road, newly built, fences are all still there- so no cattle in the road- and the turns are all just waiting for a motorbike to lean into it!! And the scenery is IS like you said, unbelievable!
Peter Johnson - 2nd January, 2015
Wow. Thank you so much for the comprehensive and prompt response. Your pass reports are absolutely brilliant. My wife and I like to cover as many passes as possible on our trips and the videos are extremely helpful especially because they provide a good idea of the road surface which is helpful when you're on two wheels and with pillion. They also whet the appetite when planning a new trip.Thank you again. It is appreciated so much. Regards, Peter
Mike Stewart - 30th December, 2014
May I add my congratulations to you and your team for such a fine effort, and hope that you will continue to steer it on such a popular course.
Robert Cloete - 15th December, 2014
THANKS for all the time and effort and making a personal passion a "Digital in My Lounge" experience!!'
Marette - 12th December, 2014
Just want to say,Thanx for a great Passes year! I really enjoy the Mountain Passes website, facebook page and the newsletter! A blessed and peacefull festive season to the whole team!
Hannes Joubert - 1st December, 2014
My sincere thanks for your wonderful articles and details about mountain passes. It surely speaks of a passion which you relay to people like me. Although I have traveled a fair number of passes myself, I only recently made peace that I will not be able to cover all of them, and now with your comprehensive surveys I can even sit next to, or behind your cameraman! Thank you once again and be assured that I make notes of "visits" to enable me to make the most of your articles.
Johan Pienaar - 28th November, 2014
I just watched all 3 videos of the Montagu Pass . Excellent ......Thank you for showing a pass which I would never have driven in my Mercedes. You have a "lekker" Job.
Andre van Tonder - 25th November, 2014
I enjoy these passes so much that at present it is my TV channel of choice. Thank you once again. Most satisfying and enjoyable.
Luke Metelo-Liquito - 23rd November, 2014
I must say I'm very impressed with your website... It's really great. I'm a mountain biker from Cape Town and one of the things I love doing is tough climbs.
Jenny Mc Williams - 20th November, 2014
Every Thursday when I sit down to work after lunch I am delighted to find your weekly News and Updates email and it ALWAYS lifts my spirits and for the next half hour or so I am transported to another place in South Africa and I need to add one or more passes to my "Must do" list. My 60'th birthday saw me making a resolution to explore our beautiful country so I bought myself a Jimny and together with my long-suffering brother, I have managed to do 2 to 3 trips every year , all based on the different passes on your site. Our latest included the Swartberg Pass, which so far must be my favourite pass and definitely needs another visit. Truly spectacular. This is just to thank you all for this wonderful site which inspired me to explore beyond the beaten track and has truly enriched my life. Kind regards, Jenny.
Louis Wessels - 20th October, 2014
Only discovered this website today. What magnificent work you have done to bring this into our homes. Thank you.
Karen Laidlaw - 16th October, 2014
Wonderful videos and info, yet again. Many thanks for all your hard work, Trygve. I feel an attack of fresh air and wide-open spaces coming on. Much appreciated, kind regards - Karen.
Wilma van Staden - 10th October, 2014
Thank you for the very informative and valuable website.
Johan van der Merwe - 7th October, 2014
Just want to thank you for this excellent site. My wife & I enjoyed the 7-passes (between Knysna & George) recently. Although we knew about them for some time we did not know about the hidden gems on the way back from George - White's & Heights Rd, Hoekwil Pass, Ruigtevlei Pass & Barrington Pass. Please keep up the great work!!
Peter Grindlay - 18th September, 2014
I am briefly writing to tell you that although I live in George, I found myself in Tstsikamma on a conference last weekend. I was on my BMW F800GS, and had a bit of time to spare on Saturday afternoon. I quickly accessed your site, read up and watched your video on the old Bloukrans Pass. Armed with all the intel I then took the opportunity to ride the pass, and am so glad I did - it was fantastic! Thx so much!!!
I'm also fortunate enough to own a Land Rover Defender (Puma) and when I'm not on the bike it takes our family to wonderfully remote places all over our beautiful country. I have books on passes that I dearly love, but I have to tell you that your site has taken everything to a whole new level and is exactly what innovation with technology is all about. Well done!!
Nick Najbicz - 9th september, 2014
Thanks for a great interest site, it suits my & my wife's travel interests perfectly.
Hendrik Bosman - 5th september, 2014
Thank you for the awesome job.
Geurt Bloem - 4th September, 2014
Thanks for all the hard work and detail of the web site, it is top notch and an excellent reference.
John Strauss - 4th September, 2014
The site of yours is the best I have encountered. This is really Afrikana for our descendants. The books available on passes are incomplete and centred around only certain areas in the country. Keep up the good work.
Rob Lindegger - 2nd september, 2014
Over the last couple of months your site has been of immense help to me in my planning, for this I thank you. I would like to do the Bloukrans, Groot Rivier passes.
Douglas Norval - 19th August, 2014
Thank you very much for your prompt service and reply. We travel a lot and after looking at your site it seems we have covered a number of the passes listed. It is actually quite amazing to see the number of named passes and here we are driving along without knowing anything of it. Your site has been most helpful in looking at routes and info. Thank you.
Brian Groom - 13th August, 2014
I have just joined your Mountain Passes mailing list.Thanks for a great site. Since going to Oubergpas in July I'm very interested in the various gravel passes, especially, and will try to do many of them over the next couple of years.
Arno Roux 13th August, 2014
Thanks a lot for your awesome website! My wife and I like to drive back roads and mountain passes. In December, we will attempt to drive 2 great mountain passes - Hela Hela and the Bastervoetslaan pass.
Ian Ruinaard 28th July, 2014
First let me commend you on a superb website! I am a 'backroader' at heart. Can you possibly suggest a series of passes we should try to include - the 1st 2 that are on the list so are Gamaskloof (Die Hel) and Seweweekspoort. If you can offer some guidelines it would be great.
Kyle West 18th June, 2014
Thanks for the great website, it is now one of my main route planning tools with which to find the road less travelled. Looking forward to read about the not yet reviewed passes!
Henri Neethling 14th June, 2014
Congratulations on one of the best sites I have visited. Have used it extensively to plan off road bike holidays. Excellent excellent excellent !
Allen Roberts (Zimbabwe) - 21st May, 2014
Your site is great, well done. I am driving from CT to PE with my family in August in a Hilux 4x4 and we want to take in as many great Cape passes as we can.
David Stephan Morrison - 10th May, 2014
Thanks for an amazing site.
Mr. A Van Dyk - 4th May, 2014
Exellent site. My wife and I plan to travel all the listed passes in all the provinces on your site in the next year. We have already done 25 of the passes in Mpumalanga.
Phil Moser - 3rd May, 2014
Thank you for an excellent website, full of information, which I see quite often and have derived a lot of pleasure from.
Richard & Veronica Eagan, Newlands, Cape Town - 14th April, 2014
We have recently 'discovered' the Mountain Passes website and it really is awesome. I have spent some time looking at the passes we will be traveling over in the next 3 weeks. Thanks for a really super website.
Verity Meijer - Tuesday, 11th March, 2014
I so so so enjoy this site. I have journeys to tackle for years. Thanks, Verity
Janine Arlidge (Tracks4Africa) Fri 14th February, 2014
Hello, the videos you have done of the passes are amazing , well done ! I had no idea there were so many.
Lyla Roos (USA) expat - 6th February, 2014
|"Thanks so much for sharing these magnificent experiences with us"|
Chris Smit - Mpumalanga - 31st January, 2014
"Your lovely website has rejuvenated my interest in the study of Mountain Passes."
Janine Reyneke [Tracks4Africa] - 27th Jan, 2014
"I honestly think your videos are fantastic, and such a great idea!"
Lorraine Annandale - 22nd Jan, 2014
Thx for your wonderful website. We have just spent a happy couple of hour reliving memories of the Swartberg Pass and enjoying a few glimpses of our April 2014 trip into Cederberg, Namakwa, Kgalagadi, and Tankwa Karoo. We´re closer to some of the great alpine passes here...and there are some beauts....but will be saving up to come again in 2015 and finally spend a few days enjoying Gamkaskloof.
Ronel Seranno - re: Van Collers Pass, Mpumalanga - 13th Jan, 2014
Wow, how I remember my sweaty hands driving this road to my grandparents At and Catrina Van Coller's house. Very fond memories but I remember how scary it used to be. They had a stunning farm and very nice house and my grandfather built this road together with 10 helpers with picks and shovels in 1946. Thank you for this site.
Duncan McGregor [Australia] - 23rd Dec, 2013
I visit SA every year and while my wife is visiting her family, I intend to hire a motorcycle and go riding. My imagination to ride mountain passes has been kick-started by your web site.
Johan Evert - 2013/12/20
Excellent website!!! Please keep it up. Kind Regard Johan.
Chris Smit - Mon 2013/12/09 07:22 AM
"I have had an interest in SA Mountain passes for many years and have driven most of the easy ones. I just want to let you know how much I enjoy your articles. Thank you for the time and effort you are putting in to provide this info"
Winston Le Roux - 2013-12-05
"I have just browsed through your website of the Mountain Passes of South Africa. I really enjoyed it, especially the one on the Baviaanskloof and in particular "Combrink Se Berg" pass. My Father and I bought those farms in roughly 1947 and subsequently effected all the developments there. I personally built the cableway in 1961 and have just finished writing the whole story about it, because I had so many requests from family and friends as well as other interested parties in the tourist industry."
Wayne Sussman - 2013-12-05
"The perfect website for roadtrip planners. Thank You"
Charles Edwards - 2013-12-01
"I just discovered your website this weekend and I must say it is brilliant! Well done. Awesome – professional, well put together and with a lot of content. You must have had / are still having a lot of fun travelling the beautiful country of ours filming and taking it all in."
Mike Whiteman - 2013-11-30
"You have produced the most fantastic web site! We are visiting SA for the 2nd time in Dec this year and will hope to experience a few of these scenic routes, especially those closer to Stellenbosch. We found this site the best touring site ever! Extremely helpful and informative. Please don't stop. Mike"
Malherbe Gueshouse, Montagu - 2013-11-12
"Excellent information. Thank you!"
Erin Meyer - Tracks4Africa - 2013-11-12
"I had a look at the Bains kloof pass video, because I have never been there before seeing that I have Acrophobia J now I know exactly what to expect! I really enjoy your video’s. I found them to be very insightful."
Keegan Longuiera - 2013-11-06
"Hi there! What an incredible site! I am looking at a massive expedition for next year and hoping that we can partner up for the project. I am going to attempt to be the first man to cycle every single mountain pass in South Africa. You are the pro here!
John Irvine - 2013-10-15
"Your site is tremendous! How about doing the Bedrogsfontein Pass on your current trip?"
Graham Ross - 2013-11-10
" You really have already produced a massive contribution to your subject, and have been generous in sharing with many. I look forward with eager anticipation to viewing your final work in due course."
Fritz Van In - 2013-09-10
"Hi.. Really enjoying your site. I am extremly familiar with the hills and mountains of the Orrie Baragwanath Pass and surrounds. I am reasonably clued up with the history. I have been guiding groups through the strydpoort/mafefe area for (give or take) 15 years."
Piet Human - 2013-07-18
"I am so impressed with your excellent work on these passes, and you are the first person in my 9 years of developing a unique GPS-based South African Travel Information / Destination Guidance System who obviously thinks exactly like I do!"
Grant Thomas - 2013-07-14
"Hi there, I found this site a few months ago. I absolutely love it! Thanks!"
Murray - 2013-05-22
"Really enjoy this site, very informative and very helpful."