This week we draw you back to the Fairest Cape as we check out one of South Africa's light houses and a mountain pass which allows you perfect views of it. Our featured pass takes a look at a brilliantly camouflaged gun emplacement which guarded our western shores through a world war and we look at the nearby lighthouse which happens to be the tallest steel lighthouse in South Africa with its beam flashing its warning 41 metres above sea level. There are shipwrecks, a tiny harbour, beautiful beaches, crayfish, kelp and some of the biggest waves that lure serious surfers from around the globe.
Our header photo is by our favourite South African landscape photographer, Hougaard Malan, whose work we have featured many times on this site.
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A short, twisty and steep mountain pass that winds up the side of the Slangkop mountain offering sweeping views over the rugged Atlantic coastline with perfect views of the Slangkop Lighthouse. The pass is old and the tarred surface is not as smooth as more modern roads. It climbs 102 metres over 3,58 km producing an average gradient of 1:39 with the steeper sections presenting at 1:14. Since the new shortcut via Ocean View was built, this old road has quickly become one of the Peninsula's roads 'less travelled'. Don't miss out on this one - it's a real gem!
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.