Lenong Pass is a short but very steep pass, situated within the boundaries of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. It should not be confused with another pass of the same name, located fairly close by in the Marakele National Park near Thabazimbi. It forms the only access route up onto a high plateau, from where visitors to the park are offered fabulous vistas over the surrounding plains and dams from a number of hides and viewpoints. The entire pass has been surfaced with paving bricks and can be driven in all vehicles and in any weather, but some of the gravelled roads on top of the mountain are in a poor condition, and careful driving will be required if you are not in a high-clearance vehicle or in adverse conditions.
We have a bumper news release for you this week and cover a wide range of topics and several new passes as well as refilmed videos, but let's get the obvious out of the way first.
OUTRAGE AND FURY: We studiously avoid the two dreaded topics - politics and religion, but this past week there has just been an avalanche of negative information flooding social media, radio, television and newspapers, so it's almost impossible to not be affected. We just want to say that the hundreds of thousands of people who intend protesting on Friday, please do so in a non-violent way and that somehow through this dense fog of uncertainty, that some level of sanity will prevail within our government.
WHAT'S ON THE CARDS? On the positive side: In the engine room of the MPSA production team, things are going full steam ahead and everything is on track for a bumper 2017 with lots to look forward to. Amongst the many new innovations we are considering or planning are the following:
1. The MPSA book, which will be in the form of a field guide and of a size that can be packed into the car with you.
2. Follow-me drone technology (intricate, expensive and riddled with rules and regulations)
3. Gyroscope technology to smooth out our video footage (especially on gravel roads)
4. An MPSA App which will enable any pass to be viewed directly from the App, without internet connection
5. Extended multi-day tours - the first of which will be into the Tankwa Karoo this winter.
6. The addition of the 31 passes of Lesotho as a separate section on the website
7. Many brand new local passes to be added to the website (approx. 130)
8. The upgrading of several of our earlier video efforts dating back to 2012/2013.
9. Prizes to be drawn for the Ben 10 Eco Challenge - we are expecting another rash of finishers during the next 6 weeks.
10. The lucky draw for the GoPro Hero4 Silver during September, where every subscriber's name will go into the hat.
11. The exploration and evaluation of the VoiceMap system, which is a GPS activated App which describes specific geographical or historic points of interest, as one drives over a pass, with audio via your smart phone.
FEATURED PASS: Our featured pass of the week is something completely different and takes us into Limpopo province near the town of Thabazimbi, from where we take a drive through South Africa's newest national park, to drive a very steep and convoluted road to the summit of the Waterberg massif - a drive that will take your breath away.
Lenong is a tarred but difficult pass located within the boundaries of the Marakele National Park near Thabazimbi. This very narrow road clings precariously to the side of a mountain, with extreme unprotected drop-offs – if you suffer from acrophobia, then this pass is definitely not for you! If you do make it to the summit, the wonderful scenic vistas over the reserve and the Waterberg massif from the various viewpoints make all of the effort worthwhile. A 4x4 is not required, but you will need to negotiate some gravel roads as part of the access route.
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.