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Boesmanshoek Pass (R397)

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The road is not in good condition. Watch out for potholes (2017) The road is not in good condition. Watch out for potholes (2017) - Photo: Trygve Roberts

The Boesmanshoek Pass is located on the tarred R397 road between the towns of Sterkstroom in the south and Molteno in the north. The pass is 3,8 km long and has an altitude variance of 264m producing an average gradient of 1:14 making it a stiff gradient by modern standards. Although the pass is fairly short, it offers attractive vistas to the north over a wide and deep valley. One of the features of this pass is that it shares the mountainside with the railway line, which it underpasses near the foot of the pass. The road is showing signs of deterioration, but it is cheduled for maintenance (Jan 2017).

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