We scuttle off to the Eastern Cape today and take you on a modern tarred pass offering amazing scenery; a glimpse into the rural lifestyle of the traditional Xhosa people; some excellent engineering; and we dig into the dappled history of the town of Mount Fletcher.
This is a long pass at 12,3 km and it displays an altitude variance of 262m. We offer some sage advice about driving in this part of the Eastern Cape, where livestock on the road makes driving in the daytime a risky business and an absolute no-no at night.
Besides the obvious dangers of livestock on the road, there is another danger which has become increasingly apparent in modern times with our faster cars - and that is the issue of slow moving local vehicles. Many of the vehicles owned by the locals are old and delapidated and they drive along these modern roads at very low speeds; often blissfully unaware of the speed differential or the option of driving in the emergency lane to facilitate faster traffic coming past.
This week we bring you an update on the exciting Ben 10 Eco Challenge and some guidance with navigating the inner sanctum of the website. 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.