Pienaarspoort is a north-south running poort through the local mountains north-west of Touwsrivier, which run along the east-west axis. It's slightly longer than an average poort at 5,8 km, but so typical of a poort, only has a small altitude variance of 97m. The poort is beautifully remote, despite it being only 20 km west of the busy N1 highway. You are highly unlikely to see another vehicle on this road, which will provide a sense of solitude and isolation. The surface is very stony and rough and we don't recommend this road for low clearance cars, but a 4x4 is not mandatory.
This attractive poort slices through the Nougashoogte mountains about 25 km south of Touwsrivier. The mountain consists of a series of peaks between 1100 and 1300m high, joined together by a string of necks running along the east-west axis. The 4 km long poort has a relatively small altitude variance of just 51m, which is par for the course for poorts. It provides perfect scenery of Cape Fold mountains on both sides of the road and there are a surprising number of bends considering how flat the terrain is on either side of the poort. The poort is surrounded by nature reserves on three sides. If you enjoy gravel travel, hop off the N1 and try this lovely option.
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On our most recent filming expedition, we uncovered a brace of small passes and poorts to the south of the Anysberg Nature Reserve on an interesting gravel road (the P294), definitely less travelled, between Montagu and Laingsburg that includes no less than 7 passes! Game fences decorate both sides of the road for most of its distance, not least of which is the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Game spotting is easy! This road is a guaranteed cure for city blues as it winds up the escarpment from Montagu via the Ouberg Pass, then heads east for 50 km over vast tracts of mountainous Karooscape which offers a varied and fascinating journey, arriving at the first of several passes, before winding up over the Rooinek Pass on the R323 to Laingsburg.
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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.
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