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This steep gravel pass descends/ascends the northern end of the Nardousberg mountain - a north/south oriented range to the east of the Olifants River, approximately 40 km north of Clanwilliam. It is the final section of the road that connects the main gravel road to the Bushmans Cave Amphitheatre to the gravel (R363) road on the east side of the Olifants River. The road is maintained to a good standard and providing speed limits are adhered to, all traffic should manage this pass comfortably.

Published in The Western Cape

Many references to this kloof and pass have dropped the "w" from the original Dutch name and simply use the more local (Afrikaans) version of Nardouskloof. The pass heads in a north easterly direction away from the Olifants River and Bulshoek dam up a natural cleft in the Nardouwsberg to summit at the farm of the same name at the top of the mountain plateau. This is also the pass one takes to get to the well known Bushman's Cave Amphitheatre. It is suitable for all vehicles and the steepest part in the middle is tarred, which solves traction issues in wet weather.

Published in The Western Cape

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