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Allemanshoek Pass

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Ostriches thrive in the Karoo Ostriches thrive in the Karoo - Photo: Wikimedia

This pass is in reality just the initial climb leading from the Dwyka river to the start of the Rammelkop Pass. There are many references to the two passes being one pass, but the initial part of the climb traverses the farm Allemanshoek, thus causing plenty of confusion. To keep things simple, we have treated these as two separate passes.

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Digging into the details:

The pass lies approximately midway between Merweville and Sutherland on a reasonable gravel farm road. It should be noted that there are many (9) farm gates to open and close especially on the Sutherland side. The pass starts just after the crossing of the Dwyka River and heads in a WNW direction up a natural valley.

The road crosses the Dwyka River and a glance up the kloof to your right will reveal a large farm dam just north of the Bobbejaansfontein farm. Here the road switches direction and climbs up the valley bisected by a tributary of the Dwyka River, called the Uitspanningsrivier.To your left is a peak called Bloukop [1109m] with the much bigger Rooiberg [1341m] further behind it to the south-west, whilst the huge bulk of Langberg [1515m] broods solidly on the right (north). Some references refer to this pass as being the Rooiberg Pass, which is incorrect. The Rooiberg Pass does exist, but ina different location. This confusion is no doubt caused by a nearby mountain called Rooiberg.

The road is straight forward with no sharp turns, but it does climb steadily towards the start of the much more dramatic Rammelkop Pass. The Allemanshoek Pass is  4,13 km in length and climbs 137m in altitude, to produce an easy average gradient of 1:30

AardvarkThe elusive, nocturnal aardvark / Photo: Wikimedia


Fact File:

GPS START 

S32.545678 E21.248905

GPS SUMMIT

S32.537715 E21.208853

GPS END 

S32.537715 E21.208853

AVE GRADIENT

1:30

MAX GRADIENT

1:8

ELEVATION START

908m

ELEVATION SUMMIT

1045m

ELEVATION END

1045m

HEIGHT GAIN/LOSS

137m

DISTANCE

4,13 km

DIRECTION - TRAVEL

West

TIME REQUIRED

10 minutes

SPEED LIMIT

60 kph

SURFACE

Gravel

DATE FILMED

017.07.2014

TEMPERATURE

-4C

NEAREST TOWN

Merweville (40km)


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