Ballot's Bay Pass [Private Road]

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The railway crossing on the descent The railway crossing on the descent - Photo: Trygve Roberts

This little pass is an absolute gem, but the pass falls on private property and only owners, guests and other authorised personell may drive this road. About 30 luxurious homes grace the hillside overlooking Ballots Bay and the endless blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The road is a two spoor paved road, in good condition. It also offers access to another residential area, Carmel Valley, at a split in the road about halfway down the descent. The scenery is breathtaking, but the road is very narrow and exceptionally steep along much of its length. On this road you will find some the sharpest hairpin bends in South Africa, where longer vehicles might have to do 3 point turns or at the very least full lock to make the turns. There are two sliding gates requiring remote codes at the start and about two-thirds of the way through the pass.

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