This week, as we enjoy the coldest part of the winter, it's time to get out of the city and savour some fine Karoo air. We introduce you to an obscure, but fabulous gravel road in the Karoo, which plays host of a poort, a pass and a nature reserve. It provides instant relief from the rigours and dangers of the N1 for those who are not in a rush.
You might have noticed that we try to include a road number for each pass or poort on the website. These numbers will help you to identify that you are on the correct road, when the lady on your GPS is confused and keeps on saying: "Recalculating..."
This is a fairly easy gravel traverse through the Witberge in the Karoo via a kloof, offering great Karoo scenery of plains and mountains. It's a road that needs to be driven slowly and offers a 50+ km gravel alternative to the congested and truck laden N1 highway. You can enjoy this pass, as well as the Varsbokkloof and Rooinek passes before arriving back in Laingsburg. The pass is 7,5 km long and has an easy average gradient of just 1:136.
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.