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Jan Muller Pass (R327)

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Jan Muller Pass from the western cliffs looking south-east Jan Muller Pass from the western cliffs looking south-east - Photo: Photo: Trygve Roberts

The Jan Muller Pass is a short, steep pass, with a descent and ascent over the Gouritz River via a low level concrete bridge, which is also named after Jan Muller. It's located on the R327 connecting Herbertsdale with Van Wyks Dorp.This rugged gravel road pass is fairly short at 3,6 km and descends in a series of tight switchbacks from the eastern approach to cross the Gouritz River at an altitude of just 68m ASL.

The western ascent is very steep with gradients as steep as 1:5, but the road builders have concrete-stripped this section allowing for good traction. It makes the road driveable in a normal car but due to the rough nature of the concrete surface most vehicles will need to remain in 1st gear until the western summit is reached.

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