This week our featured pass is another hidden gem, yet it's hugely popular with locals and especially mountain bikers. This 4 km long pass is gravel and has many corners to contend with, a low level bridge and a very steep and razor sharp hairpin. Steep sided gorges smothered under indigenous forests are bisected by streams with amber coloured water, whilst birdsong is the counterpoint to the burbling sound of the gentle rapids. So join us as we head down to the Garden Route to unpack this beautiful pass.
Whilst we were filming in the Knysna area, we drove along the Old Cape Road and were mortified to see the the devastation in the forests above the popular seaside town. We made a short video which you can watch lower down on this page. The residents that suffered severe losses are slowly trying to rebuild their humble homes. Many didn't have insurance and have resorted to caravans, tents and awnings as makeshift homes right next to the blackened ruins of their original homes. It's a sad and heartbreaking scene. As the fire relief and initial outpouring waned, people have been left struggling to cope with their shattered lives. 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.