We recently started the process of refilming some of the classic passes - most of them having been filmed during 2012 - 2013. We've learned some new tricks since those early days and are proud to take you on a new six piece video set tour of the fabulous Naude's Nek Pass. This is the 4th highest pass in South Africa.
The brothers Naude who plotted the lines of the western side of the pass and were involved in the construction process did an amazing job and managed to design a very good road with comfortable gradients which has truly stood the test of time. This story of headstrong farmers whose requests for roads were stoicly ignored by the British authorities, is not uncommon and is repeated in the nearby Joubert's Pass at Lady Grey.
At the western end of the pass, about 10 km east of the quaint little village of Rhodes, you can stop at the Naude family memorial site. The name Naude has been spelt out in the form of large stone and cement letters, each about 3m long and 1,5m high. This peaceful spot lies under some old oak trees alongside a small stream. Here you can go back several generations and trace the genealogy of the family who have developed and farmed in this remote valley for almost 200 years.
Mountain Passes South Africa is a website dedicated to the research, documentation, photographing and filming of the mountain passes of South Africa.
Passes are classified according to provinces and feature a text description, Fact File including GPS data, a fully interactive dual-view map and a narrated YouTube video.
We are as passionate about maps as we are about mountain passes. A good map is a thing of beauty that can transport you into the mists of time or get your sense of adventure churning. It is a place to make discoveries about deserts and seas, mountains and lakes; of roads leading into places you have not been before; a place to pore over holiday destinations or weekend camping trips. A map is your window to the world.