Many of you will have returned from your holidays safe and sound, ready to face the year ahead. I suppose the best news this week is the big drop in the fuel price. This will undoubtdly benefit all South Africans. Of course, the reasons for the price drop are scary, to say the least, and we are watching developements carefully as the international oil price drama plays itself out. Dont be surprised if the price suddenly spikes again.
Whilst you were on holiday, we were out and about filming passes as usual and we have some fabulous new passes on offer. Today we feature an off the beaten track, VERY steep gravel pass in the far northern sector of the Western Cape. With waterfalls, rock pools, San rock-art, hiking trails and 4x4 routes, this is one not be missed.
Many people mistakenly think this pass is in the Northern Cape. The pass in question is the......
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The Gifberg (Poison Mountain) Pass is a challenging gravel pass (with two short tarred sections over the steepest parts) that ascends the Matsikamma mountain and connects the mountain top farms of the Gifberg with Vanrhynsdorp about 20 km to the north. The pass offers outstanding views, hiking trails, San rock-art, wildflowers, rockpools and waterfalls. It is the source of the Troe-Troe river which flows northwards through Vanrhynsdorp. The pass was originally built in 1917 and improved, widened and partially hard-surfaced over the years in an effort to improve safety.
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.