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Tarka-Botha Pass

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Boschberg near Somerset East Boschberg near Somerset East - Photo: Photo courtesy of Nightjartravel.com

This gravel road passes is fairly long at 20,8 km. It is (as the name suggests), virtually an extension of the Tarka Pass which ends where this pass starts. The road meanders on an East-West axis, through the mountains starting at an altitude of823m and traces the course of a small river past several isolated farms, before summiting at 1343m.

Scroll down to view the map & video. This video consists entirely of Google Earth animations and serves to orienteer first time drivers of this pass. It is recommended to watch this video in HD. (Click on the "quality" button on the lower taskbar of the video screen and select 720HD.) Wait a few seconds for the video to display.....



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Note: Google Earth software reads the actual topography and ignores roads, cuttings, tunnels, bridges and excavations. The Google Earth vertical-profile animation generates a number of parallax errors, so the profile is only a general guide of what to expect in terms of gradients, distance and elevation. The graph may present some impossible and improbably sharp spikes, which should be ignored.



Digging into the details:

Near the summit keep a look out to the SW for the peak known as Bailey's Kop [1830m] where the views are superb and dramatic. Despite the length of the pass, the altitude gain of 520m is substantial. The summit falls well above the snow line, so expect slippery conditions if there has been snow.

The pass links the town of Somerset East with other linked farm roads in the area as well as the Tarka Pass and the bigger town of Cradock some 75km to the North East.  About 10 km west of the summit, the road joins the R337, where you have the choice of heading for either Pearston or Somerset East. The average gradient is a gentle 1:40, but there are several sections that are as steep as 1:10


Fact File:

GPS START 

S32.537191 E25.681920

GPS SUMMIT

S32.532326 E25.549215

GPS END 

S32.513573 E25.506673

AVE GRADIENT

1:40

MAX GRADIENT

1:10

ELEVATION START

823m

ELEVATION SUMMIT

1343m

ELEVATION END

1121m

HEIGHT GAIN/LOSS

520m

DISTANCE

20,8 km

DIRECTION - TRAVEL

West

TIME REQUIRED

50 minutes

SPEED LIMIT

40 - 60 kph

SURFACE

Gravel

DATE FILMED

31.07.2013

TEMPERATURE

20C max / 2C min

NEAREST TOWN

Somerset East (15km)


Route Map:

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Route files:

||Click to download: Tarka Botha Pass (Note - This is a .gdb file which can be opened in most GPS software systems)

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