Britstown in the news
This week we are heading off to one of the most unlikely places to find a mountain pass - the small village of Britstown in the Northern Cape, where we head about 40 km south east of the town to locate the unusually named Sebico Pass. The area is better known for it's vast, flat plains of endless Karooscapes, but here and there we find a gem and our featured pass today is certainly something different - and not for the average sedan vehicle either. More lower down....
Complexities of filming 4x4 routes
In the early days of the MPSA project, most of the passes that we filmed were on fairly decent roads. We started filming with a GoPro HERO 1 and switched to a HERO 3 BLACK in 2015 and in December 2017, we upgraded once more to a GoPro HERO 6 BLACK. This latest GoPro delivers really punchy footage that is crystal clear, with better colour saturation, but perhaps the biggest plus is the ability to remotely activate its stabiliser function. On normal tar roads and good gravel roads, the stabiliser function is not really required, but on the rougher roads and especially on 4x4 routes, this extra function makes a huge difference to the quality of the video. It even handles severe corrugations with aplomb! More lower down.....
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.