We have officially passed the longest night/shortest day of the winter of 2015 and for those of you that enjoy cold weather, we have a wide range of fabulous passes to take you to those frosty destinations. From the icy sub-zero temperatures of the Ouberg pass near Sutherland, we take you far away into the mountainous interior of the Eastern Cape this week, where you can cyber drive one of the steepest publicly accessible passes that can be done in a normal car and try your hand at snow skiing or high altitude fresh water angling or just enjoy the amazing landscape.
We have recently revamped our video production on this incredible pass and updated some of the information, as well as added some new photos.
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This fairly extreme pass is for the more experienced driver. It descends/ascends 739 meters over 14,4 km producing some exceptionally steep gradients, with some of the sections an adrenaline pumping 1:3. This pass is the main access road to the Tiffindell Ski Resort and is generally well maintained with the steepest sections either having been strip concreted or fully concreted. We have filmed the pass from north to south in the descending mode for maximum scenic value, although this is not the way most first timers will travel the pass.
This pass is not recommended for novice drivers, but it is quite doable in a normal sedan vehicle in fair weather. Should you have booked accommodation at Tiffindell and arrive in a spell of bad weather, the ski resort can make arrangements to get you to the top of the mountain via a 4x4 shuttle service.
[Editors note: As at 2020 the resort has been closed and remains closed at at April 2021. We will post here as soon as the situation changes.]
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.
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