Acknowledgements: (This list is updated once per month)
The project has been supported by a wide range of people since inception to varying degrees. Two of those on the long list below need special mention. These are people who have done pro-bono work for the website of exceptional quality.
The late Dr. Graham Ross who unselfishly gave us copies of all his research and spent hours checking on our technical information and spent much of his personal time mentoring us on the finer points of road engineering.
Mr. Mike Leicester has meticulously checked all our GPS co-ordinates and elevations (that's about 7000 of them!) for accuracy. He has donated his own research into passes and amalgamated his information for the betterment of this website. He has also taken on the responsibility of filming most of the passes in the northern areas - all at his own expense. Give that man a Bells!
A project of this magnitude starts to gain critical mass, when those interested begin to contribute to the general wisdom and the betterment of the project in an unselfish and giving way. We have had countless emails with pass suggestions and undiscovered roads in obscure places. Information from grandchildren of some of the original pioneers who tamed the wild mountains of South Africa had been sent to us, enabling us to weave these beautiful and factual stories into the pass pages. It is this collective information which has allowed the website to evolve into true Africana, which can be left in perpetuity for future generations of South Africans.
We thank each and every contributor, whether your name appears on the list below or not.
Andre Brummer - For technical corrections on the Swaarmoed Pass
Andre Palmer - For original photos of Sir Lowrys Pass
Andre van Dyk - Submission on the Kamiesberg Pass, N/Cape.
Andrew Jones-Phillipson - Submission and information on Kap Cutting Pass.
Andrew McKenzie - Submission and information on the George's Valley Road, Limpopo.
Anton van Tonder - Information on Ladismith, Western Cape.
Bart Nel - Information on Mariepskop Pass, Mpumalanga.
Burckhardt Krieg - Information and submission of Old Mill 4x4 route, Free State.
Cav. Andre Martinaglia - For photos and information pertaining to Italian POW's involved with the Du Toitskloof Pass
Charon Roberts (my wife) - For giving me the space and 5 years out of my life to complete this project.
Chris Boyle - For information and photos on passes in Namaqualand.
Chris Moore - Info on Roodezand Pass
Chris Smit - For invaluable information on passes in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape.
Deon van der Westhuizen - Photos and information on several passes.
Dr. Andrew Spence - For information, photos and video material on Cecil Macks Pass.
Eugene Rossouw - Photos and information on several E/Cape passes.
Fritz Van In - For information and photos of the area around the Orrie Baragwanath Pass and Limpopo Passes.
Geoff Russell - For expert 4x4 guidance in the E/Cape and Lesotho.
Gillis van Schalkwyk - For detailed history on Van Reenens Pass.
Dr. Graham Ross - For technical and historical information on Western Cape passes and general mentoring in the field of road engineering.
Henry (Dutch) Diesveld - Shared information on Western Cape pass data.
Jacques Rentzke - For technical IT expertise, innovation and maintenance on this website.
Janine Reyneke (Tracks4Africa) - For co-operation and sharing of mapware and technical data.
Johan Buys - Video material and photos of the Wildeperdehoek & Messelpad Passes.
Johan Krog - For photos and information on Rankins and Jan Trichardt passes.
Johan Sevenster (GPS World) - For technical assistance with mapping software and GPS information.
Johan Thiart - Submission and information on the Langeni Pass in the Eastern Cape.
John Irvine - Information on Bedrogsfontein Pass
John Parkin - Information and pass submission for Bakkers Pass
Leonico Erasmus - For photos and information on the Bottelnek Pass and many other passes.
Lisa Roberts - For artwork, research, Twitter feeds and moral support.
Louis Botha Photography - For various photos of passes including Bosluiskloof.
Louis Fourie - Photos and info on the Witelskloof Pass, W/Cape.
Malcolm van Coller - For information on suburban passes in Johannesburg.
Melt de Kock - For photos and information on the Versveld Pass.
Mickey Clark - For information on the Antoniesberg pass in the E/Cape.
Mike Jones - For info and photos on the Donkerkloof Pass & Pietersfontein Pass.
Mike Leicester - For information on various passes, onroad tests of passes as well as a comprehensive spreadsheet of passes, videography, research and write-ups.
Mike Rust - Info on Witelskloof Pass nr Clanwilliam.
Nick Najbicz - Submission and information on the Kobee Pass.
Phill Moser - Information on various E/Cape passes
Pieter Du Preez - Road number map and info for Limpopo province.
Robert Randall - Submission and information on the Witsieshoek, Monantsha and Sandrivierhoogte Passes in the Free State.
Roland Bergh - Submission and location of several low key passes in the Eastern and Western Cape.
Steyn Britz- For a long list of passes in KZN with technical information.
Tony Murray - For corrections and technical assistance, maps, photos and information on some Western Cape passes
Winston le Roux - History on Combrincks Pass, Baviaanskloof.
Apologies to anyone who'se name has been omitted from this list. It is impossible to list each and every bit of information submitted, but we try to acknowledge all meaningful contributions, wherever possible. [Ed.]
How to get the most out of the Mountain Passes South Africa (MPSA) website
The website has 8 main navigation links.
The HOME PAGE is divided into 4 segments
The LATEST NEWS is issued weekly, usually on Thursdays . Expand this page by clicking on the title, picture or the READ MORE button. The blue hyperlinks will take you directly to the pass under discussion. Archived news items are stored in date order under the NEWS top-menu link.
This is a vital page which connects the entire website.
Click on the title (Master Orientation Map) or the READ MORE button to expand the page. A larger blank map of South Africa will appear. Be patient for up to 10 seconds as the map automatically populates itself with passes.
NEW! The red dots indicate gravel passes or jeep tracks, whilst the black dots indicate tarred passes.
Hover your cursor over a chosen dot and a small tab will pop up showing the name of the pass.
It is best to zoom in on the map of your area of interest, to get adequate separation between the dots.
By hovering on any dot, you can right click and a larger window will open again showing the name of the pass with the offer to take you directly to that pass page by a simple click on the blue hyperlink.
The map is fully interactive and can be viewed in map or satellite mode. It also has the 'street view' option.
Note that only certain roads have been incorporated by Google in 'street view' mode. Many of the more remote passes will not have this feature. If you drag the little orange man over a pass, the road will turn blue on the map indicating that 'street view' is available.
You can plan an entire journey selecting passes of your choice incorporated into your route.
Each pass also has a downloadable route file. This feature is free for all registered members and is explained in detail further down this page. The files are in .gdb file extensions and are compatable with old and new Garmin GPS units.
This is a fun page where we list the passes in ranking order of the highest, longest, steepest, biggest altitude gain and most popular. There is also a category for unusual and bizarre statistics.
Click on the relevant sub-title. A page will open up showing all the passes in ranking order for that particular statistic. The first 10 passes have been hyperlinked, so you can go directly to a specific pass that might interest you.
As passes are added, the statistics will change until such time as we have completed the entire project. Due to data constraints we only list the top 100 passes in each category.
Click on the FIND A PASS menu link. A sub-menu will open with 10 sub-categories. These are the 9 provinces plus the Extreme Passes listing with the number of passes per province shown in brackets.
Click on the province of your choice. A page will open for the province selected with the passes listed (approximately 15 passes per page) in alphabetical order. The next page of 15 passes can be opened by clicking the prompt at the bottom of the page.
You can either browse through the 'teaser' section or use the search bar at the top of each page. Once you have found a pass you want to know more about, expand the page by clicking on the title, the photo or the READ MORE button.
Using the Search option in the top menu:
Type in the name of the pass you are looking for. For example if you want the Du Toits Kloof Pass, you need only type in 'du toit' . A list will populate in a new window with passes containing the word 'du toit' Select the one you want and click on the blue hyperlink. It will take you directly to that pass page.
Hint: Don't type in the word 'pass' as you will get over 500 results.
PAGE LAYOUT/ UNDERSTANDING THE MAPS and VIDEOS
Each pass page follows a 'recipe'.
1. A small photo appears at the top of the page, which might or not be taken on the actual pass itself. Sometimes it is of an object in a nearby town or something closely related to the pass.
2. The introductory first few sentences loosely describes the pass. By expanding the page, you get more details. If space allows, we sometimes add in another few photos if we can source them. Any page on this website can be expanded by clicking the picture, title or READ MORE button.
3. Below the intoduction section is the video clip of the pass. Click the white triangle in the middle of the 'video playback screen' to start watching. For some of the bigger passes there might be more than one video which will be stacked one above the other. These are always posted in the correct order, so you can watch them sequentially.
4. All our videos are filmed in HD. This is the best format to watch them in and will greatly enhance your viewer enjoyment with crystal clear video imagery. If you have a slow connection, the system will automatically default to the next best setting. If you want the best reproduction, change the quality setting on the bottom right corner of the video screen (the gear/cog icon) to HD. This might mean having to wait for the full video to download, but it's always worth it!
For those wtaching our videos at higher resolutions of 720 and 1080 on the YouTube player, might notice that some pixellation occurs every 5 seconds. We are busy researching how to prevent this, but in a nutshell, YouTube compresses all videos to a standard format. It is this compression which affects pixelation issues on most videos - especially those with lots of detail in the frame (as most of ours exhibit). We have subsequently opened an account with Vimeo and all videos from December, 2017 will display in the Vimeo player, which is far superior to YouTube and our videos are displayed as we upload them without any pixelation issues.
5. The videos also follow a strict format. These start and end with the MPSA logo, followed by a Google earth space to pass zoom. This helps the viewer to orienteer themselves quickly as to where the pass is located in South Africa. You can stop, pause or go back at any point if you want to rewatch a specific part of any video. You can also change the screen size of your video from the normal frame size shown, to half page or full screen, by clicking on the rectangle outline on the bottom right of the task bar on the video screen. To get fine details it is best to watch in Full Screen mode. To get back to the normal size, press the ESC key on your keyboard.
6. This is followed by an animated vertical profile animation clip, which gives you a general idea of gradients and routing. As the two markers (one in the graph - the other on the map) move in sync with each other, a set of values show alongside the markers. These are distance, gradient (in % format) and altitude in meters above sea level (ASL). Both the first two animations are presented with a 'North Up' orientation to provide consistency of orientation.
7. The third part of the orientation is a 3D simulated helicopter fly-over. These clips are always oriented in the direction of travel and are generally only "North Up" by coincidence. If we have filmed the pass in real time, the final part of the video will feature the 'on car' filming. These clips are generally edited down to under 3 minutes per pass, which means you are watching only about 15% of the actual footage, but it is adequate to familiarise yourself with any pass on this website. This is to comply with international requirements on YouTube. On some of the major passes (like Prince Alfreds Pass), there can be multiple sequential clips, which can be watched easily in the correct order. All are clearly marked.
8. The next item as you scroll down is the Fact File. This is a compact table of the pass's vital statistics showing GPS co-ordinates, altitudes, distances, gradients and other information. This is a quick way of assessing if a pass is suitable for you to drive, ride, cycle, or walk.
9. Please note that we universally use the recognized international format of decimal degrees. For example S33.123456. Make sure that you program your GPS to be on the same format, otherwise you can end up with major errors in your navigation. The other formats are Degrees, Minutes and Decimal- minutes and the old format is Degrees, Minutes and Seconds. All GPS units will have the ability to change format to one of these formats.
10. Next is the interactive map. It works the same as the Master Orientation Map on the Home Page. You can zoom it infinitely, scroll it, and switch between map or satellite mode. Often satellite mode offers superior feel and imagery. These maps also offer "Street View" if available, as per the Master Orientation Map. If you click and hold on the orange man top left of the map, and then drag it to the pass route on the map, the road will change to a blue colour if the pass has been photographed by Google for street view. As a general guide, most of the major tarred passes have this feature, but few of the remote gravel passes do.
11. Just below the map is a small white window, labelled "Get route" If you type the address in of where you currently are, the map will quickly calculate the best route to get you to the pass of your choice. It will show as a bright blue line on the map. A green balloon marked A will show where you are now and a red balloon marked B will show the location of the start of the pass. Just below the window, you will find the total distance to get there and the approximate time it will take. Below that is a printable list of accurate directions with distances between turn-offs. To print the directions click on the blue words PRINT ROUTE just below the map bottom-right.
12. Below the map are the ROUTE FILES (described in detail a little further down this page) If GPS navigation is not your thing, rather just download the route file for a pass you want to get to, which will take all the dogwork away. The route files are in a .gdb or .kmz file extension format which is compatible with .gpx, which you can also use in Google earth. Note that this feature is only available to subscribers. Subscription is R200 per year, so subscribe/register now!
13. Below the video is the COMMENTS section, where you can let us know anything that is on your mind, be at a compliment or a criticism or any other relevant information you would like to share. Please dont post any links to your own website here, as it breaches our advertising protocol. We have a FaceBook (see SOCIAL MEDIA) page where you can post pics or whatever you want to chat about. Please keep the comments relevant and stick to the general tone of the website. No foul language, politics, religious or racist comments please. Comments are moderated daily. Offensive comments will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be banned from this site and blacklisted with Google.
Each pass has its own unique route file. This is a small file with a .gdb or .kmz file extension. You will need an appropriate form of software like Garmin's 'MapSource' to read these files or you can read them in Google earth. You have to be a registered member of this website to gain access to the route files. Once you are registered/subscribed you will need to keep a record of your user name and password so you can log in when you want to download a route file. As the files are really tiny, they download in less than a second. Once you have saved it onto your PC/Laptop/Mobile device, you then upload the file onto your GPS. You will then have exact pin-point accuracy of the entire pass (turn by turn, meter by meter) without having to enter GPS co-ordinates. This is completely free to our subscribers. Subscribers receive an automated email prompt with each news bulletin uploaded. In general we post news items once per week.
For travellers with GPS units other than Garmin, you might need to download a file converter to make the route file work. The fact is that Garmin have about 95% of the SA market, so we have provided the route files in .gbd file extensions. Newer Garmins use .gpx file extensions which should automatically convert from .gdb - The route files are also compatible with .kmz which you can use in Google earth.
Why do we ask you to register/subscribe? This project has been privately funded by the founder of the website for the past 5 years. It has now grown into a very large website of encyclopaedic size and requires funding to constantly improve the quality of the videos and research provided. It is no longer sustainable for us to provide the service completely free. We have carefully structured the subscription at a very affordable rate which is currently R200 per year. Non-subscribers can see all the menu and sub menu items including the Master Map, but can only see about 10% of the actual pass page which consists of a one paragraph overview and one photograph. Subscribers can see the full text, all the photographs, the video(s), the interactive map with directions, time and distance calculated, access to download the route file, the Fact File plus accurate approach directions from either side of the pass - as well as a discount on any item purchased from our online shop. If all our readers subscribe, it assists greatly to continue to bring a world class website into your homes and offices. Subscribers visit websites they are subscribed to more often than non-subscribers. Being a subscriber also keeps us in touch with you and informs you of each new item that gets added to the site. In short, we want to stay connected with you! We have tried to create the best mountain pass website in the world. We believe we have achieved that. As at May 2017, the site is attracting 90,000 page views per month, based on pure organic growth.
Certain phrases, technical words, abbreviations and acronyms are used repeatedly throughout the site. Below is a list of commonly used formats and their explanations:
ASL - Above Sea Level
m - Metres
km - Kilometres
GPS - Global Positioning System
Cavitation - When air/water gets inside rocks and they slide
Catchwalls - Reinforced concrete walls designed to stop rocks from falling onto the road surface
Shotcrete - Stabilizing the rockface by spraying liquid concrete onto the rocks under high pressure.
Rockbolts - Deep steel bolts anchored into an unstable rockface as a form of anchoring.
Weepholes - Pipes inserted throughthe rocks to encourage the flow of water away from the rock cevices.
Camber - The slope of the road from the mid point of the road to shed excess water
Cross Flow - The slope of the entire road at an even angle from one side to the other to assist speed through a turn and shed water.
Banking - The same as Cross Flow above.
Super Elevation - The same as Cross Flow or Banking above
Gradient - The steepness of a pass. It can be expresses as a ratio, percentage or in degrees. We use the ratio format throughout. [ 1:7 In this example it means you go forward for 7 units for a 1 unit gain in height]
Average gradient - The steepness of a pass calculated by deviding the altitude gained by the distance of the pass multiplied by 1000.
Maximum Gradient - The maximum steepness of any one portion of a pass.
Pitch - The same as gradient.
Nose - An elongated section of mountain through which engineers must cut a passage to allow the road to pass through
N, S, E, W - North, South, East, West (Main headings on a compass)
NW, SE, NE, SW - Main headings devided by two (eg. North-West, South-East, North West)
NNW, SSE etc - Half headings devided by two (eg. North-North-West, South-South- East)
All the news items are listed in date order including the latest item, from newest to oldest. Scroll down to find archived news items. Our news items are almost always focussed on mountain passes. We will rarely stray from this formula.
Expand each news item to read the whole article, by clicking on the title, photo or the READ MORE button.
The link to view Visitor Feedback, is located below the News link on the top menu. This is a list of comments from our subscribers and readers published in chronological order from newest to oldest. Don't be shy to send us a compliment. We are creative people at MPSA and we thrive on compliments. Go for it! For your trouble, we'll put your name on the map, so to speak!
We absolutely hate cyber trolls. We get about two of them each year. A cyber troll is a viewer who only has negative and destructive things to say. Usually cowards that hide behind their keyboards. If you have something constructive to bring to our attention, you will find us pleasantly willing to listen and edit any real errors (Yes, we do make mistakes!).
A second sub-link is titled ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. This is the page where we pay tribute to all our readers who have sent us information, photos, video material or contributed in any meaningful way to this website.
There are 2 sub-menu links below the Social menu link. These are for our Facebook and Twitter pages and we will soon be adding Instagram onto the page.
If you choose the FaceBook link you can see the most recent wall posts or you can click through to FaceBook and get involved by posting photos, videos or comments. If you "smaak our site stukkend" then why not give us a 'Like' on FaceBook. Your likes help to give us more media muscle and allows us to provide you with a very affordable service.
The Twitter link takes you direct to our page on Twitter. We seldom post on Twitter as the format does not dovetail with our communication style. Every news release is automatically fed through to Twitter. If you are a tweeter, then tweet away!
We hate spam as much as you do and we go to extraordinary lengths to ensure our site remains secure and spam free. Enter your details plus that infuriating code that is so hard to read and send us your message. We try to always reply the same day (unless we're out filming)
This page sets out our advertising structure in the simplest of terms. We are always willing to tailor a package to suit your specific needs. Talk to us – we will make a plan. Advertising on our site exposes your business to 90,000 page-views per month (we have the Google Analytics to prove it!). Whether you have a guest house, restaurant, hotel, gift shop, garage or general store, you can get into the minds of like minded people who are in a relaxed mode cyber driving passes that will be in your area. The advertising is intensely focused – for example if you have a business in Montagu (Western Cape), you could focus on advertising only on the passes that lead to Montagu (there happen to be six of them!)
Reviews submitted by visitors to the Mountain Passes South Africa website.
Sheelagh (Kingsley Holgate Foundation) - 6th March, 2020
Kingsley is now in Tanzania but he asked me to contact you to let you know how informative we found your Mountain Passes of SA website and to convey our thanks for the detailed information. Together with a Tracks4Africa Southern Africa map and our trusty Garmin, your site helped us enormously to plot our Riding High on Sky mountain pass adventure through Lesotho and SA during January.
We ended up doing 125 passes in 30 days – it certainly wasn’t a race though; we had an enormous amount of fun meandering through parts of SA that we’ve never visited before and met lots of wonderful, welcoming people in out-of-the-way places, which added an extra layer of enjoyment and appreciation for this beautiful country we’re fortunate to call home. And it was excellent training for Mike Nixon, our mountain biking expedition member who is soon to do his 17th Cape Epic (he’s one of the Last Lions).
We made mention of your website and excellent research in many of the Facebook stories that we posted about Riding High on Sky: you can view them here: https://www.facebook.com/KingsleyHolgateFoundation and also mentioned you in both Kingsley’s regular Leisure Wheels magazine columns (March and April editions).
Thank you again – in the coming months, we will certainly be recommending our friends subscribe to your website for their own mountain pass journeys in SA & Lesotho.
Andre Rabie - 6th March, 2020
I have been receiving and enjoying your newsletter for almost two years and became a member last year. Congratulations on a most wonderful, impressive and informative website that you have established and continue to build. I don’t posess a 4x4, but my Nissan xTrail has allowed me to visit numerous passes, so I have some idea of the huge amount of work that must go into your research, collection and studying of maps, GPS work, preparation, driving, filming, explaining and distributing the truly impressive number of South African passes. Apart from organising tours of passes, you have also rendered a great service to the many of us who can now “drive” the passes in our armchairs.
Peter Lyne - 1st January, 2020
This is an amazing website, you folk do great work! Thank you so much, best wishes, Peter
Phillip van Zyl - 18th December, 2019
After going through the site I just had to subscribe. Most interesting and the work that has gone into the site is amazing and as a land surveyor I share your love for maps.
Karen Laidlaw - 26th November, 2019
I would like to congratulate Mike Leicester on his wonderful SA history series. I greatly enjoyed- and appreciated it. My overseas family and friends have also benefited. My South African friends who I shared the series with, also additionally where introduced to MPSA.
Herman de Bruyn - 19th November, 2019
Thank you for the Ben 10 Eco Challenge. The initiative is excellent publicity for the area, I have never been to this region and after this experience I will definitely go back with my family to show them.
Graham Durrant - 25th October, 2019
Good day to you - I have recently become a subscriber. I think the website is outstanding and I'm really enjoying it - lots of in-depth, interesting and useful information and easily navigable. The videos are really outstanding too - all round, excellent value for money!
Stefan Bersch (Germany) - 15th June, 2019
Bedrogfontein - First of all I would like to thank you for your great effort and the informative website. I visited South Africa two times and travelled in a rental 4x4.
Abie Spies - 12th June, 2019 (on the Great Swartberg Tour)
Your publicity for your tours on Facebook keeps on reinforcing my feelings about how much we enjoyed the recent Swartberg tour with you, so this email is just to say thanks once again. We are recommending your tours to friends everywhere, and would personally love to accompany you on more trips.
Hans Wolfaardt - 3rd June, 2019 (on the Great Swartberg Tour)
Ons, as gesin wil jou net weereens bedank vir 'n werklik onvergeetlike ervaring en toer, asook die professionele, dog gemaklike wyse waarop jy die wyd uiteenlopende groep hanteer het. Vir my was dit 'n sielsvoedende paar dae gewees. Ons hoop om weer binnekort by julle aan te sluit.
Christo Beetge - 31st May, 2019
Just wanted to express thanks and appreciation for your Swartberg Tour updates - I’m thoroughly enjoying reading them!
Jacobus Smith - 29th March, 2019 (Ben 10 Eco Challenge Tour Review)
Ben 10 was a “Bucket List” event come true for me. The tour was well organized , taking all the unforeseen in its stride. The tour guide always giving just enough info on the route. The overall smile and enjoyment factor for me was 12 out of 10. If the Ben 10 continued for the next week , I’m in !
Eugene Fourie - 29th March, 2019 (Ben 10 Eco Challenge Tour Review)
Thank you very much for the well organised tour. It was very worth while.Your leadership and temperament gave us comfort and confidence to successfully complete the Ben 10.
Shirley Willson - 28th March, 2019
I just wanted to let you know how amazing I think this site is! Informative, interesting, comprehensive, inspiring and beautiful. Thank you. Have shared it.
Alan & Ann Kelly - 21st November, 2018 (Montagu Explorer Tour review)
This tour appealed mainly because it covered our local area. We had already completed about one third of the passes explored on this trip but are always looking for new adventures and this was a great way to visit other passes in the area, some we had heard of and some we had not. It was also a chance to meet like minded individuals but the biggest thing we took away was the knowledge shared by Trygve with the group, the history, the ways the passes have changed over the years, local folklore etc. All in all a very interesting day and we will definitely be along in the future on other explorations.
Norman Otto - 20th November, 2018 (Montagu Explorer Tour feedback)
It was really an extremely insightful drive and the weather played along nicely. The passes we visited and the accompanying surrounding nature vistas was magical, even the very short Koppie se Nek pass had something to offer.
Your knowledge is just astounding and one can appreciate the huge amount of effort that went into fuelling your passion and making it a memorable event for us.
I do quite a few thousand kilometres of dirt road travelling every year to get to DWA and other Water Board pipelines and often wondered about the history of such remote roads and mountain passes, especially the “actual” roads that traverse the farm properties and most often go right past the backdoor of the farmhouse. So this is right up my alley, I like it very much and would like to learn more of this side of our country.
Marc Goldhawk - 20th November. 2018 (Montagu Explorer Tour feedback)
I would like to thank you, Shaun and Lisa on the tour you gave us on Sunday. It was extremely well done and very professionally handled! I have and will recommend joining MPSA to everyone I possibly can! Your knowledge of the area was outstanding and the stories you were telling were honestly captivating! We thoroughly enjoyed every second of it!
Colin & Bianca Cooper - 30th October, 2018 (Ben 10 Eco Challenge)
My daughter (Bianca) and I have just completed the Ben 10 Eco Challenge in a most unusual way. We rode bicycles that I made myself from some scrap steel that was lying around in my workshop added to a load of second hand parts such as wheels cranks etc. I also made our own wheel hubs, bottom brackets ( crank axles ), handlebars and stems. Cost of steel for the bikes was R130 each.
They are very simple bikes with no suspension, single speed and pedal-back rear brakes. Weight is around 20 kg each. In addition, to make life more difficult, we limited ourselves to a budget of R20 each per day for ALL food and drink. This means no energy drinks, bars or gels. No Coke-like drinks, no chocolates/sweeties etc. We make our own drinks with water, a bit of sugar and a dash of lemon juice and salt.
We also had no back-up during the rides up and down the passes so had to carry extra kit such as rain jackets, tools, first aid kit and sandwiches. The first pass completed was Joubert's on 13 October and the last was Otto on 19 October.
We have been riding long adventures on steel single speed bikes for the last 6 years and have loads more fun than riding a R100 000 carbon/alloy special MTB. We ride in support of Qhubeka who give "A hand up, not a hand out"
Thanks for a fab website. We intend to peruse more passes and come up with an even bigger challenge.
Sheila Storey - 25th October, 2018 (Aristata Tour)
BLISS = 26 passes + 2 days + 800kms + 2 hidden gems! Could I possibly let this chance slip through my fingers? I LOVE mountain passes! After joining the group at the rendezvous point we set off on the old Du Toitskloof Pass. The strong south-easter pumping down the one valley provided our first scare/thrill!
We travelled the Tradouw Pass in both directions and the stop at the old stinkwood bridge is special. An old favourite, the Seweweekspoort never fails to amaze. The start of the pass also provided the first hidden gem. We happened across the spectacular dam wall of the Tierkloof Dam. After the Seweweekspoort we traversed the Boschluyskloof Pass which must provide one of the most spectacular views across a vista stretching forever in an easterly direction. The second hidden gem was the lovely lodge at the bottom of the pass. We received a welcome drink while three kudus watched us. My room had a shower with a view and the three kudu watching was very special! The next day dawned with a spectacular sunrise. We even encountered three klipspringers lying on the pass as we left. No one is rushed around here.
The Gysmanshoek Pass across the Langeberg has been on my bucket list for so long and did not disappoint. The fynbos was beautiful and reminded me of my childhood walks in the Southern Cape. The passes that followed all along the Duivenhoks River at the foot of the Langeberg all the way to Suurbraak are very different in a calm, rural way.
My lasting memories of this amazing week-end are those of a really well-organized tour packed with information but so relaxing. The road less travelled has so many thrills and hidden gems. Where can I sign up for the next one please?
Karel & Jenny van den Oever - 25th October, 2018 (Aristata Tour)
In school we learned about two engineers, Bain and De Smidt,who designed and with the help of Italian prisoners of war,built many passes, with no fancy equipment, most of which are still driven today. None of it held much significance until we had the privilege to join the informative Trygve on his road trip to appreciate and explore first-hand almost 25 of these passes in the Western Cape.
As a result of these beautifully built passes, we were able to enjoy some of the most spectacular and scenic drives in the region. When we think of this trip, what comes to mind is stone walls packed by hand on slopes sometimes so steep one can only imagine how strenuous the task must have been, with high craggy rock formations and roads disappearing around bends in the distance, landscape variances all the time, steep deep drops from the road verges, sandwiches and comfortable conversations at stops.
Highlights for us were the overnight stay in the sumptuous thatched cottages at the 4 star Boschluiskloof lodge, surrounded on all 4 sides by mountains, with a sense of complete seclusion and safety, and the next day, on top of Gysmanshoekpas amongst the proteas and fynbos.
Thank you,Trygve, for a stunning trip!
Daryl de Beer - 24th October. 2018 (Aristata Tour)
A few years ago we fell in love with “ pass-driving”, to the extent that we acquired a Fortuner, so we were very interested to join the Aristata Tour of many of the tar and gravel passes in the Southern Cape. We joined 3 other vehicles at the Engen 1 Stop on the N1 and drove over the Du ToitsKloof Pass en route to our overnight stop at Boschluyskloof Lodge, at the base of the Bosluiskloof Pass. On the way, we were joined by Howard and Amanda who had overnighted in Robertson.
We had a look at the interesting bridge being constructed in Ashton to overcome the dangerous flooding that occurs with heavy rains. Basil Read, the construction company entrusted with building the bridge has been put into business rescue, so the bridge will not be completed in the near future, much to the dismay of local residents and businessmen.
We traversed the famous Thomas Bain constructed Tradouw Pass from north to south and back, enabling Trygve to film the pass and we enjoyed the spectacular views of the various river gorges. After the Tradouw Pass we headed for the star of the show, the Seweweekspoort, a De Smidt masterpiece that follows the meandering Seweweeks River for 17 kms. The poort needs to be driven slowly to fully enjoy the engineering feats as well as the show that Mother Nature provides with the incredible flora as well as the geographic contortions of the Cape fold mountains.
Next on the itinerary was the spellbinding Bosluiskloof Pass which we navigated to arrive at Bosch Luys Kloof Lodge, a welcome oasis in the dry bush. Luxurious accommodation with splendid meals make this lodge a compelling reason to drive the pass.
Sunday morning after breakfast we retraced our tracks over the Bosluiskloof Pass and through Seweweekspoort to Ladismith to refuel, thereafter the longish tar trip to the Miertjieskraal turnoff from the R232 to get to the Gymanshoek Pass. Imagine our dismay when we saw the sign indicating the pass was closed! Anyway, all democratically decide we would go as far as possible and turn back if need be. At the top of the pass we were met by an oncoming vehicle, the driver indicating the pass was open and we continued on our merry way over a very interesting, and what could be a challenging pass in winter.
After Gymanshoek Pass we drove 5 consecutive gravel passes to arrive at Suurbraak, where the tour came to an end.
We certainly enjoyed ourselves and the friendly camaraderie that developed between all participants. We shall certainly look forward to any upcoming tours with Mountain Passes.co.za
Howard and Amanda Allum - 23rd October, 2018 (Aristata Tour)
Gavin Scott - 1st October, 2018
Many thanks for a fantastic website. We have just returned from a great trip to the Eastern Cape, and the information on your site immensely enriched our experience. In fact, I would not even have known about a fraction of the passes in the area had it not been for the MPSA site! We did Bedrogfontein, Suurberg, Katberg, Michel’s and all the major passes of the Ben10 challenge.
The most difficult pass technically was Bastervoetpad, as my wife put it we had the pain without the scenic pay-off, as we had driven the pass in thick mist where we could only see metres ahead of us, relying on the GPS to show the way.
Ben Macdui still had snow around, which resulted in lots of mud. We could get to 2950m and no further due to the mud, and walked the rest of the way to the summit!
Lundin’s Neck was extremely badly eroded at the Southern end, it is doubtful that any vehicle that is not 4x4 will make it. The whole trip was done in a stock standard Suzuki Jimny, what a trooper! It simply went everywhere, even where adventure bikes turned around (Ben Mac).
It was great to see the signs denoting the Ben10, hopefully it will encourage tourism in that stunningly beautiful part of our country. The sign at Lundin’s Neck was lying flat on the ground, whilst the one on Otto du Plessis was ripped apart by the extreme wind. Bastervoetpad had no such sign.
Quentin du Preez - 18th Septemer, 2018
Great site. Just came across it for the first time. Well done! I’m very much interested in passes due to my love and passion for adventure trips. I recently acquired my first adventure motorbike and some passes impassable to be prior, will now be on my bucket list, especially the gravel/4x4 type. Let the adventure begin as I would love to ride each dirt pass in SA over the next few years. I will be sure to contact Johan from T4A for further discussion and planning. Thank you again!
Steve Marais - 20th August, 2018
Firstly I need to compliment you on your wonderful website. Everything is wonderfully researched and documented!
Wouter Erasmus - 28th May, 2018
Can't wait to tackle a few of the not so frequently traveled passes in the next couple of weeks. Thank you for hosting this incredible website and all its content. Its great!
Siobhan Hanvey - 25th August, 2018
We have driven all over the country & driven many many passes - your web site has been absolutely invaluable in all our planning - thank you.
Koos van Dyk - 21st May, 2018
Once again, I would like to thank you, this time for your Mountain Passes talks on Wild Coast FM. I saw it advertised in your regular e-mail communications and I now listen to it every Monday afternoon, using the web based “Tune-In Radio” on my PC (I live in Roodepoort in the Greater Johannesburg area). Today was especially very interesting, thank you very much.
Mike Braun (Top Gear) - 8th May, 2018
Many thanks for being an integral part of the Ben 10 Eco Challenge. This was for all of us concerned a truly unique experience. To say the trip was epic was an understatement…. We completed 2 days well into the evening (TTT and Lundeans Nek back to Millards). But hell, what a rush and experience. We commenced the trip on the 26th travelling to Lady Grey and then via the various passes. We were under time pressure from the get go as a result of the breath-taking views and vistas, requiring endless stops to take in the sights sounds and amazing beauty of all 10 passes.
Greg Wochlik - 22nd March, 2018
Wow, what a web-site you guys have! The website was becoming too much of a distraction at work; your content is far more interesting than the computer program I need to write! I discovered your website about 3 or 4 days ago. This morning I purchased an annual subscription. For me, that is a record from sample to full version! It is a testament to the quality of the content. The paid content did not disappoint! I like the way that you describe the route; that way we the travelers know what to expect.
Koos van Dyk - 8th March, 2018
Congratulations with the award and thanks for the new Swartberg Pass footage… fantastic quality!! I traversed it three times in the week just before it washed away last year, in the process also going down to “Die Hel”. Fantastic work you are doing… keep it up and proud to be subscribed.
Debbie O'Regan - 3rd February, 2018
I'd like to take the opportunity of thanking you for a wonderful web page. Apart from the weekly Thursday internet travel via your newsletter, we also spend a lot of time searching for new passes to adventure as we plan various trips around the country. Living in the Soutpansberg, we drive to Cape Town at least once a year and take great delight in making detours in order see a new spot and tick off a new pass!
Henri du Plessis - 5th November, 2017
Fantastic service. Getting to know areas of our beautiful, if tragic, country from a man who goes the extra mile to research and personally experience the routes he writes about. Class act.
Leonardo Solomon - 9th October, 2017
Valuable information. Many thanks to the admins who created this ..Thumbs up...
Herman Ferreira - 2nd October, 2017
Ek vind dit baie leersaam
Jurgens Pieterse - 25th September, 2017
My first port of call to discover new passes and drive gravel roads I have not seen before. The information on the website is accurate and prepares one for what to expect during the journey. The videos are great - to see the actual pass before driving it.
Veronica van Wyk - 20th September, 2017
The dedicated work done here is amazing.
Duncan Gohl - 19th September, 2017
Great to show people what we have in our beautiful country. Always take the back road !!
Ria Viljoen - 18th September, 2017
Mountain Passes SA bring geleenthede, keuses, kanse, idees en drome tot beplanning en nuwe reise. Baie dankie vir hierdie onoortreflike verleidelike blad
Janet Burmeister - 14th September, 2017
As someone who loves travel and South Africa and feels that geographic knowledge is important as well as interesting, this is an awesome site for information and reviving memories of journeys past.
Dave Gallop - 11th September, 2017
It is an extremely good way of planning trip to see passes.
Louis Bro - 4th September, 2017
Great Facebook page and website. Really well informed.
Jem Bardsley - 4th August, 2017
Brilliant work, and lots of potential for expanding into other things of interest even for the armchair traveller!
Elizabeth Parker - 17th July, 2017
Thank you for this fabulous site! We have had a wonderful time retracing our steps and learning lots of new stuff here on your site. Appreciation from the travelling botanicals.
Eugene Braack - 4th July, 2017
Hi, I an an astro-photographer and always on the hunt for interesting scenery and rock formations in desolate places to include in my photos. Your mountain passes website has been immensely useful to me and I wanted to thank you for making all these cool videos that spared me from having to drive them myself. Many thanks and happy driving.
Damien Crawford - 28th June, 2017
We managed to spend a night at Pypmaker se Poort in March on the way back from the Kgalagadi, on the rising full moon. It was amazing and I proposed to my girlfriend, now fiancée. Thanks for all the work you and your team do - makes for some special memories. Best regards, Damon
Skean Drummond - 22nd May, 2017
Thank you for a superb website . The referencing and research you have done made the planning for our trip a breeze.
Thanks a million and keep up the great work. Next trip is already being planned.
Andre Gouws - 19th April, 2017
A Big thank you!! I have always wanted to explore some of our countries most beautiful places but never had the know-how. I subscribed to your site, suffice to say we had the most amazing journey due to your sites information.
Patricia-Anne Blignaut - 1st April, 2017
It's because of your excellent reviews and videos on this website, that my husband Manie Blignaut, arranged our holiday during March, 2017 around certain passes. Our two week holiday took us over Otto du Plessis Pass, Jouberts Pass, Seweweekspoort, the Gamkapoort dam, Camdeboo Pass and many more. It was a fantastic, life-enriching experience. Your information is always 100% accurate. We appreciate the work you do.
Bruce Muzik - 23rd March, 2017
We absolutely loved the BEN10 challenge. Llesyri and I completed it on 2 motorcycles (KLR650 and XR250). I cannot think of a better way to see the Drakensberg up close and personal in all its glory. The route was challenging enough (in a few places) to make Llesyri k@k herself, yet not so challenging that she couldn't complete it. We both dropped our bikes several times and had some challenges...
I snapped off my rear-brake lever on the 1st pass and had to do the whole BEN10 with only a front brake... only to have my front-brake completely fail down Carlieshoek Pass from overheating, sending me careering downhill with zero brakes. I did almost die. What saved me was switching off my engine and using 1st gear to grind me to a halt just before a corner that would have sent me flying off a cliff to my death. I later discovered that my front brakes had heated up so much (from overuse because of not having a back brake) that my brake fluid had boiled. Also, brake fluid boils at lower temperatures at that altitude and breaks cool less due to the thin air. So, I recommend that EVERY biker bleed their brakes and replace the fluid with DOT4+ (which boils at 180 degrees - regular DOT4 boils at 160 degrees) before doing the challenge - just to be safe. I eventually got down the hill by using string tied around my boot to pull my rear brake. I then changed my brake fluid to DOT4+ at the next town and all was OK again.
Darrell Gebhard - 23rd March, 2017
Urs and I would just like to thank you personally for the wonderful work you have done, and do. In completing the Ben 10 this last long weekend we met other ''chasers'' along the route, which was a real delight. Some great people. A BIG thumbs up to Llesyri .....and Bruce (who actually live in the Dominican Republic). For a petite lady she definitely ''THE MAN'' for getting her Honda up and over some of those passes ;-) The hotels and motels along the way should also give MPSA a thumbs up for attracting the Eco tourists to their beautiful neck of the woods. Keep up your good work.
Auret Kernick - 14th March, 2017
Congratulations on an excellent website – in particular your focus on safety and driving responsibly. I have managed to complete a number of “hairy” passes such as Mount Paul and Donkeys Pass without my wife Jill “turning a hair” – all due to us following your cautious and safe approach. I would hate to know the consequences of irresponsible behaviour that results in a vehicle turning over on the likes of Mount Paul?
Tony & Linda Shorthose - 6th March, 2017
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy the site. On a grey day in England, I can't tell you how entertaining it is to drive the beautiful passes of South Africa with you! I've now done a few myself during our annual visits - this year it has been the Molteno and Seven Passes Road. Keep up the good work.
Steve Lubbe - 26th January, 2017
Thanx to all at MountainPassesSouthAfrica - this is the no 1 website to go to when planning routes
Dr. Danny Liebenberg - 26th January, 2017
Thank you for the entertaining post every week. It brings back so many happy memories
Heine Engelbrecht - 25th January, 2017
Great work keep it up. Will most definitely support the good work
Pieter Swart - 25th january, 2017
Thank you very much. This is one of my favourite sites.
Bruce Deary - 14th January, 2017
Fascinated with your article on Potters Pass. I was born in EL in 1942 My grandfather George Starkey was the Mayor. I moved to Cape Town with my parents in 1949 and returned to visit EL for the first Grand Prix. Camped out with my cousin Norman Starkey. My wife and I will be in the Boland next week and we are looking forward to exploring some of the beautiful passes in the area. Thank you for your effort in stimulating interest in all those beautiful passes.
Frank Pain - 11th January, 2017
Thank you very much for this excellent site.
Hermann Böhmer - 9th January, 2017
I wish to compliment you on a fantastic and informative website that I discovered for the first time when preparing to do the Sani Pass over the December/January holidays. What an experience that trip was and thanks to your site I felt well-prepared, also to brief my fellow-passengers. Overall I really like your website and will be a regular user.
Callie du Preez - 9th December, 2016
Thanks for a wonderful website. I live in the Eastern Cape (Somerset East) and plan a trip over 5 of the passes (Waainek, Blinkwater, Bosnek, Katberg and Fullershoek) that you have covered on the website.
Johann Kritzinger - 5th December, 2016
The master Map is a fantastic feature and a great help in plotting a trip to include some new passes
Andrew Brown (RHB Photography) - 5th December, 2016
I would like to say thanks for your informative site on the passes of SA. I have just returned from taking my new Suzuki Jimny for it's maiden long run. We went through the Eastern Cape highlands, and included Naudes Nek and Jouberts Pass, among many others in the 'test drive'. The information from your site really helped me decide and plan my trip... so thanks very much..
Schalk Boshoff - 2nd December, 2016
I want to congratulate you with your project on our mountain passes. This is my favourite website and apart from all the information, the website itself, is of the highest quality. I will definitely add some Northern and Western Cape passes to my list next year.
James Lishman - 12th November, 2016
You really present these passes so professionally - A real pleasure to watch
Massimo dal Corso - 8th November, 2016
Awesome! Thanks indeed for the support and congratulations on the website...It's become my favourite!
Adam Sims (Plymouth, England) - 7th November, 2016
Thanks Trygve, keep up the good work, your guides are fantastic!
David Rae - 18th October, 2016
I was browsing the web on South African mountain passes and came across your website. Thanks for sharing all your info on passes in and around South Africa - it has been very helpful and interesting. I look forward reading more of your articles and look forward to doing some of your trips.
Ilmarie Pennington - 17th October, 2016
A really fantastic site to view parts of our country most of us never see.
Willem von Wilich 15th October, 2016
Congratulations with your outstanding publication... I love it!
Kobus Mouton - 28th September, 2016
I want to compliment everyone who was involved in setting up this website and who did all the work. This info is really extremely helpful. Much appreciated.
Lucy Alexander - 26th September, 2016
What a fantastic site you have created!
Colin Paine - 22nd September, 2016
Thank you so much for your webpage and videos. I find your newsletters fantastic. A real treat. Thank you so much.
Alex de Mooij Magee - 22nd September, 2016
Really enjoying your website and finding new and amazing roads and passes to experience. Thank you for sharing.
Jose Pasquet - 1st September, 2016
First of all, thank you for your wonderful website. I have been using it a lot to plan my escapades (by motorbike) and when I can't travel for real, I travel with your videos. Wonderful work!
Neil Swire-Griffiths - 23rd August, 2016
Fantastic site, very informative and so well done! Thank you
Tom de Roo - 11th August. 2016
Thanks so much for your massively informative website and newsletter.
Dr. Anne Blacklaws - 28th July, 2016
I find your updates fascinating, thank you!
Mark Hinrichsen (SANPARKS) - 19th July, 2016
Once again many thanks for allowing us to use one of your articles for the Tankwa news. At a recent SANParks HR meeting I was pleased to hear fellow members discussing the benefits of your website so I hope we can spread the message far and wide.
Patrick Odoherty- 15th July, 2016
Thanks for such an awesome website. It is so well put together with such detail and care as well as being easily navigated. A rare thing these days for someone to take such pride in their work. Well done!
Desmond Matthee - 12th July, 2016
Wow. What an awesome amount of good info on the website. You guys deserve all the credits coming to you.
Sisanda Mbete - 2nd July, 2016
Your website is a boon, perfect for tracking my count, and findng new roads!.. Many thanks to you and your team!...
Lydene Naylor (Hogsback Inn) - 16th June, 2016
Many thanks indeed for your wonderful footage of Hogsback and the pass.
Alan Hobson - 13th June, 2016
Found your website very interesting and informative and realised how much more of the country I could explore.
John Cryer - 21st May, 2016
What a super article. My lady and I are visiting friends in Bedford E.C. For a couple of weeks in July and would like to follow a couple of your drives.
Lew Campbell (Tiffindell Ski Resort) - 30th April, 2016
We are all fans of your www & Facebook ........ It is amazing that you can still find roads and passes in this day and age that haven’t been uncovered and documented yet... Keep up the good work.
Nico Steenekamp - 28th April, 2016
Congratulations on an excellent website. I enjoy it and use it often. I am a mountain biker and use the site to explore routes and passes, a great information source!
Arie Fourie - 30th March, 2016
I am a subscriber to your website. Allow me congratulate you on an excellent source of information!
Leon Labuschagne - 18th March, 2016
How wonderful to have discovered this site. Just returned from Eastern Cape and a portion of the Baviaanskloof. It would have been a plus plus to have discovered this site before then. Congratulations and thanks for being part of the most beautiful place on Mother Earth. South Africa!
Rudi Viljoen - 17th March, 2016
Just a quick note to thank you for the fantastic website and all the work that you and your team puts into this. I am absolutely addicted to it.
My wife and I have just returned from a amazing three week mountain passes motorbike trip and used your website extensively to chase down a few passes. I now have become an avid pass chaser looking to mark of each and everyone of them. We live in Magoebaskloof and run a small family business from here. On this trip we have done almost 5000 km to the Cape, going via the Swartberg and Die Hel, all the way to the Ceres mountains over the Pakhuis pass, Kouberg pass, Hoek se berg, and Kraaiberg to Wupperthal. From their back to George covering few passes in the area, over to Hogsback pass in the rain and doing a very slippery gravel road to Cathcart.
What an amazing trip it was, thanks to your website and well researched info on each one of these passes
Thank you again.
Allen Bullard - 26th November, 2016
We have used your website for inspiration for our motorcycle trip from Durban, taking in all the passes around Oudshoorn, George, Cedarberg. This in December, can't wait!
Matthew Covarr - 15th October, 2015
We've been covering a number of your routes and passes by bicycle over the past few months. I have to commend you guys on your site and info you provide, there is nothing else like it! Thank you and keep it up!
Leena Moabelo - 11th Ocober, 2015
I absolutely love your webpage!
Ralph F Ketzer - 4th October, 2015
Compliments on an excellent website and your wonderful range of videos!
Chris Milne - 14th September, 2015
Thanks for a great web-site.
Dave Sewell - 11h September, 2015
Your website is fantastic, I must tell you.
Denis Handley - 5th September, 2015
I recently discovered your site. What a fantastic one for anyone interested in 4x4, passes etc!!
Ross Norval - 20th July, 2015
I'm a keen reader of your website, and have loved its evolution to excellence.
Burckhardt Krieg - 7th July, 2015
Thank you for a splendid and superb web site. This is highly appreciated and I hope you will take this web site a long way.
Cobus Brink - 18th June, 2015
First let me convey my thanks and appreciation to you for having tackled the job of documenting our lovely passes. And what a success it is. Also thanks for sharing this information in the way you do. Me and the wife are frequent visitors to your site, sometimes to check something, but more often to just sit back and live the experience.
Rosemary Smythe - 18th June, 2015
I just love your information. Thank you for coming up with such a great idea! Driving passes is a passion!
Papviel - 15th June, 2015
Love the site. It is my new travel checklist.
Philip Pnematicatos - 11th June, 2015
Such an interesting site!!
Chris Malcolm - 15th May, 2015
Thanks for your great website, it's helped me venture on some epic road trips recently!
Peter Jarvis - 12th May, 2015
I must say that you have done a wonderful job with your website, it is great.
Frederick Calitz - 30th April, 2015
Eerstens wil ek se dat ek jou website baie geniet en gebruik
Deon Loubser - 23rd April, 2015
What a great site this is...such attention to detail and passion and great coverage, just fantastic. I was watching the Gamkaskloof series and getting all emotional.
Dirk Meintjies - 17th April, 2015
Your website is simply awesome, well done!
Dico van Eeden - 7th April, 2015
My friends and I just want to thank you for a very informative website. It formed the basis of our Easter weekend trip where we tried to do only gravel and mountain passes, plus some port tasting in Calitzdorp. In total, we did 22 full passes and half of the Wittnekke pass.
Deon de Swardt - 30th March, 2015
Baie baie baie dankie vir hierdie pragtige webwerf !!! Voorwaar iets besonders en pragtige bydrae tot die INTERNET !!!
Jenny - 5th March, 2015
The Bain Legacy - Really fascinating and will be a great tool for the planning of future trips. Well done to everyone involved. Kind regards, Jenny
Stephan Terblanche 24th February, 2015
During December 2014 I drove the Baviaans Kouga off road route of 73 km and what an adventure it was. I was the only vehicle on this road and also camped on the route and have experienced the total remoteness, the most scenic mountains and a magnificent sunset on a road less traveled.
Kwestie - 24th February, 2015
Bezuidenhouts Pass - What a pass! Drove up just before new years on our way to Royal Natal, included the passes from Sandspruit turnoff and zigzaged our way west. Met some bikers on their way down, ignoring their warning that conditions were less than ideal; smiling, saying thats why we're here?
Tim - 23rd February, 2015
So far, have viewed the Elands Pass video. It's great, much better footage than I got in June 2014. The drive is definitely a "must" for anyone who likes minor country roads. And the hospitality at Fonteinplaas, where we spent a night, was superb.
Christo - 18th February, 2015
It is really a pleasure to view these passes, South Africa is so beautiful.
Johan Pienaar - 7th February, 2015
Thank you for another outstanding experience.
Hermann Krug - 5th February, 2015
Thank you for all your effort. It is a great resource for my motorcycle trips in RSA and a lot of fun to read, watch and experience! Great and passionate job you do with this project! Best regards from cold Hamburg / Germany - Hermann
Gary Duggan - 5th February, 2015
Thanks for your informative website and info, I will most certainly make use of it again to find other lesser known passes in KZN and the rest of SA.
Ian Lander - 2nd February, 2015
Good afternoon, I have just come back from the Eastern Cape and made extensive use of your website.. I had no idea how beautiful the area was. We had a wonderful time climbing the passes in the area.
Jaco Erasmus - 2nd February, 2015
Thanks for the amazing website.
Richard Gillatt - 2nd February, 2015
I forgot to thank you for an amazing web site. I just love watching the videos and reading about the different mountain passes.
Lucas Nigrini - 28th January, 2015
I am extremely grateful for the hard work that you have done. I am not a 4x4 enthusiast but I would like to travel through as many of these passes as possible in the next 10 years.
Paul Carnall - 22nd January, 2015
What an amazing web site! I have really enjoyed reading your write-ups and learning more about our beautiful countries passes. My wife and I were in Wilderness recently and based on one of your recent posts decided to visit the Montagu Pass. What amazing beauty! Thanks for a fantastic site.
Bobby Stodel - 20th January, 2015
I want to compliment you on a wonderful site at mountainpassessouthafrica.co.za.
Peter Hanger - 16th January, 2015
Thank you for a wonderful website and FB page. You went to a lot of trouble to give us a lot of travelling pleasure! Thank you!
Peter Taylor - 13th January, 2015
Hi Trygve, I really enjoyed your report on these two passes (Gifberg & Ouberg). It reminded me of when I took a few friends on a trip through the area a little while ago.
Saskia Vano - 12th January, 2015
Many thanks for your beautiful website which has the best information ever!
Eugene Rossouw - 2nd January, 2015
I just have to compliment you on the Langeni Pass, job very well done! I love that road, newly built, fences are all still there- so no cattle in the road- and the turns are all just waiting for a motorbike to lean into it!! And the scenery is IS like you said, unbelievable!
Peter Johnson - 2nd January, 2015
Wow. Thank you so much for the comprehensive and prompt response. Your pass reports are absolutely brilliant. My wife and I like to cover as many passes as possible on our trips and the videos are extremely helpful especially because they provide a good idea of the road surface which is helpful when you're on two wheels and with pillion. They also whet the appetite when planning a new trip.Thank you again. It is appreciated so much. Regards, Peter
Mike Stewart - 30th December, 2014
May I add my congratulations to you and your team for such a fine effort, and hope that you will continue to steer it on such a popular course.
Robert Cloete - 15th December, 2014
THANKS for all the time and effort and making a personal passion a "Digital in My Lounge" experience!!'
Marette - 12th December, 2014
Just want to say,Thanx for a great Passes year! I really enjoy the Mountain Passes website, facebook page and the newsletter! A blessed and peacefull festive season to the whole team!
Hannes Joubert - 1st December, 2014
My sincere thanks for your wonderful articles and details about mountain passes. It surely speaks of a passion which you relay to people like me. Although I have traveled a fair number of passes myself, I only recently made peace that I will not be able to cover all of them, and now with your comprehensive surveys I can even sit next to, or behind your cameraman! Thank you once again and be assured that I make notes of "visits" to enable me to make the most of your articles.
Johan Pienaar - 28th November, 2014
I just watched all 3 videos of the Montagu Pass . Excellent ......Thank you for showing a pass which I would never have driven in my Mercedes. You have a "lekker" Job.
Andre van Tonder - 25th November, 2014
I enjoy these passes so much that at present it is my TV channel of choice. Thank you once again. Most satisfying and enjoyable.
Luke Metelo-Liquito - 23rd November, 2014
I must say I'm very impressed with your website... It's really great. I'm a mountain biker from Cape Town and one of the things I love doing is tough climbs.
Jenny Mc Williams - 20th November, 2014
Every Thursday when I sit down to work after lunch I am delighted to find your weekly News and Updates email and it ALWAYS lifts my spirits and for the next half hour or so I am transported to another place in South Africa and I need to add one or more passes to my "Must do" list. My 60'th birthday saw me making a resolution to explore our beautiful country so I bought myself a Jimny and together with my long-suffering brother, I have managed to do 2 to 3 trips every year , all based on the different passes on your site. Our latest included the Swartberg Pass, which so far must be my favourite pass and definitely needs another visit. Truly spectacular. This is just to thank you all for this wonderful site which inspired me to explore beyond the beaten track and has truly enriched my life. Kind regards, Jenny.
Louis Wessels - 20th October, 2014
Only discovered this website today. What magnificent work you have done to bring this into our homes. Thank you.
Karen Laidlaw - 16th October, 2014
Wonderful videos and info, yet again. Many thanks for all your hard work, Trygve. I feel an attack of fresh air and wide-open spaces coming on. Much appreciated, kind regards - Karen.
Wilma van Staden - 10th October, 2014
Thank you for the very informative and valuable website.
Johan van der Merwe - 7th October, 2014
Just want to thank you for this excellent site. My wife & I enjoyed the 7-passes (between Knysna & George) recently. Although we knew about them for some time we did not know about the hidden gems on the way back from George - White's & Heights Rd, Hoekwil Pass, Ruigtevlei Pass & Barrington Pass. Please keep up the great work!!
Peter Grindlay - 18th September, 2014
I am briefly writing to tell you that although I live in George, I found myself in Tstsikamma on a conference last weekend. I was on my BMW F800GS, and had a bit of time to spare on Saturday afternoon. I quickly accessed your site, read up and watched your video on the old Bloukrans Pass. Armed with all the intel I then took the opportunity to ride the pass, and am so glad I did - it was fantastic! Thx so much!!!
I'm also fortunate enough to own a Land Rover Defender (Puma) and when I'm not on the bike it takes our family to wonderfully remote places all over our beautiful country. I have books on passes that I dearly love, but I have to tell you that your site has taken everything to a whole new level and is exactly what innovation with technology is all about. Well done!!
Nick Najbicz - 9th september, 2014
Thanks for a great interest site, it suits my & my wife's travel interests perfectly.
Hendrik Bosman - 5th september, 2014
Thank you for the awesome job.
Geurt Bloem - 4th September, 2014
Thanks for all the hard work and detail of the web site, it is top notch and an excellent reference.
John Strauss - 4th September, 2014
The site of yours is the best I have encountered. This is really Afrikana for our descendants. The books available on passes are incomplete and centred around only certain areas in the country. Keep up the good work.
Rob Lindegger - 2nd september, 2014
Over the last couple of months your site has been of immense help to me in my planning, for this I thank you. I would like to do the Bloukrans, Groot Rivier passes.
Douglas Norval - 19th August, 2014
Thank you very much for your prompt service and reply. We travel a lot and after looking at your site it seems we have covered a number of the passes listed. It is actually quite amazing to see the number of named passes and here we are driving along without knowing anything of it. Your site has been most helpful in looking at routes and info. Thank you.
Brian Groom - 13th August, 2014
I have just joined your Mountain Passes mailing list.Thanks for a great site. Since going to Oubergpas in July I'm very interested in the various gravel passes, especially, and will try to do many of them over the next couple of years.
Arno Roux 13th August, 2014
Thanks a lot for your awesome website! My wife and I like to drive back roads and mountain passes. In December, we will attempt to drive 2 great mountain passes - Hela Hela and the Bastervoetslaan pass.
Ian Ruinaard 28th July, 2014
First let me commend you on a superb website! I am a 'backroader' at heart. Can you possibly suggest a series of passes we should try to include - the 1st 2 that are on the list so are Gamaskloof (Die Hel) and Seweweekspoort. If you can offer some guidelines it would be great.
Kyle West 18th June, 2014
Thanks for the great website, it is now one of my main route planning tools with which to find the road less travelled. Looking forward to read about the not yet reviewed passes!
Henri Neethling 14th June, 2014
Congratulations on one of the best sites I have visited. Have used it extensively to plan off road bike holidays. Excellent excellent excellent !
Allen Roberts (Zimbabwe) - 21st May, 2014
Your site is great, well done. I am driving from CT to PE with my family in August in a Hilux 4x4 and we want to take in as many great Cape passes as we can.
David Stephan Morrison - 10th May, 2014
Thanks for an amazing site.
Mr. A Van Dyk - 4th May, 2014
Exellent site. My wife and I plan to travel all the listed passes in all the provinces on your site in the next year. We have already done 25 of the passes in Mpumalanga.
Phil Moser - 3rd May, 2014
Thank you for an excellent website, full of information, which I see quite often and have derived a lot of pleasure from.
Richard & Veronica Eagan, Newlands, Cape Town - 14th April, 2014
We have recently 'discovered' the Mountain Passes website and it really is awesome. I have spent some time looking at the passes we will be traveling over in the next 3 weeks. Thanks for a really super website.
Verity Meijer - Tuesday, 11th March, 2014
I so so so enjoy this site. I have journeys to tackle for years. Thanks, Verity
Janine Arlidge (Tracks4Africa) Fri 14th February, 2014
Hello, the videos you have done of the passes are amazing , well done ! I had no idea there were so many.
Lyla Roos (USA) expat - 6th February, 2014
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Chris Smit - Mpumalanga - 31st January, 2014
"Your lovely website has rejuvenated my interest in the study of Mountain Passes."
Janine Reyneke [Tracks4Africa] - 27th Jan, 2014
"I honestly think your videos are fantastic, and such a great idea!"
Lorraine Annandale - 22nd Jan, 2014
Thx for your wonderful website. We have just spent a happy couple of hour reliving memories of the Swartberg Pass and enjoying a few glimpses of our April 2014 trip into Cederberg, Namakwa, Kgalagadi, and Tankwa Karoo. We´re closer to some of the great alpine passes here...and there are some beauts....but will be saving up to come again in 2015 and finally spend a few days enjoying Gamkaskloof.
Ronel Seranno - re: Van Collers Pass, Mpumalanga - 13th Jan, 2014
Wow, how I remember my sweaty hands driving this road to my grandparents At and Catrina Van Coller's house. Very fond memories but I remember how scary it used to be. They had a stunning farm and very nice house and my grandfather built this road together with 10 helpers with picks and shovels in 1946. Thank you for this site.
Duncan McGregor [Australia] - 23rd Dec, 2013
I visit SA every year and while my wife is visiting her family, I intend to hire a motorcycle and go riding. My imagination to ride mountain passes has been kick-started by your web site.
Johan Evert - 2013/12/20
Excellent website!!! Please keep it up. Kind Regard Johan.
Chris Smit - Mon 2013/12/09 07:22 AM
"I have had an interest in SA Mountain passes for many years and have driven most of the easy ones. I just want to let you know how much I enjoy your articles. Thank you for the time and effort you are putting in to provide this info"
Winston Le Roux - 2013-12-05
"I have just browsed through your website of the Mountain Passes of South Africa. I really enjoyed it, especially the one on the Baviaanskloof and in particular "Combrink Se Berg" pass. My Father and I bought those farms in roughly 1947 and subsequently effected all the developments there. I personally built the cableway in 1961 and have just finished writing the whole story about it, because I had so many requests from family and friends as well as other interested parties in the tourist industry."
Wayne Sussman - 2013-12-05
"The perfect website for roadtrip planners. Thank You"
Charles Edwards - 2013-12-01
"I just discovered your website this weekend and I must say it is brilliant! Well done. Awesome – professional, well put together and with a lot of content. You must have had / are still having a lot of fun travelling the beautiful country of ours filming and taking it all in."
Mike Whiteman - 2013-11-30
"You have produced the most fantastic web site! We are visiting SA for the 2nd time in Dec this year and will hope to experience a few of these scenic routes, especially those closer to Stellenbosch. We found this site the best touring site ever! Extremely helpful and informative. Please don't stop. Mike"
Malherbe Gueshouse, Montagu - 2013-11-12
"Excellent information. Thank you!"
Erin Meyer - Tracks4Africa - 2013-11-12
"I had a look at the Bains kloof pass video, because I have never been there before seeing that I have Acrophobia J now I know exactly what to expect! I really enjoy your video’s. I found them to be very insightful."
Keegan Longuiera - 2013-11-06
"Hi there! What an incredible site! I am looking at a massive expedition for next year and hoping that we can partner up for the project. I am going to attempt to be the first man to cycle every single mountain pass in South Africa. You are the pro here!
John Irvine - 2013-10-15
"Your site is tremendous! How about doing the Bedrogsfontein Pass on your current trip?"
Graham Ross - 2013-11-10
" You really have already produced a massive contribution to your subject, and have been generous in sharing with many. I look forward with eager anticipation to viewing your final work in due course."
Fritz Van In - 2013-09-10
"Hi.. Really enjoying your site. I am extremly familiar with the hills and mountains of the Orrie Baragwanath Pass and surrounds. I am reasonably clued up with the history. I have been guiding groups through the strydpoort/mafefe area for (give or take) 15 years."
Piet Human - 2013-07-18
"I am so impressed with your excellent work on these passes, and you are the first person in my 9 years of developing a unique GPS-based South African Travel Information / Destination Guidance System who obviously thinks exactly like I do!"
Grant Thomas - 2013-07-14
"Hi there, I found this site a few months ago. I absolutely love it! Thanks!"
Murray - 2013-05-22
"Really enjoy this site, very informative and very helpful."
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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.
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.