This week we bring you something completely different. We head up to the North-West Province of South Africa and focus on the towns of Parys and Vredefort, where we take a look at a good gravel road that traverses a section of the World Heritage site, known as the Vredefort Structure - an astonishing event that happened billions of years ago when an asteroid the size of Table Mountain slammed into the earth, leaving behind the biggest crater of its kind in the world, known to scientists. We explore this event in more detail and invite you to cyber drive this pass with us. It's definitely one for the bucket list!
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Although this six kilometre gravel pass is fairly ordinary and has no particular characteristics to make it stand out above the rest, the roads around it and its location make this a very special pass. It is situated inside the Bergland, a contorted series of hills and mountains that were formed by what was probably the most apocalyptic event ever to befall this earth. Despite the approach roads being mostly gravel, they are usually in a good condition, and this route can be driven in any vehicle, subject to the weather. It is also a great route for adventure motorcyclists.
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.