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The Argus Cycle Tour turned into an unprecedented success, despite the devastating mountain fires. So often a major disaster brings communities together in acts of selflessness. Hats off to the 33,000 cyclists that completed the shortened 47 km route in the best of sportsmanlike attitude in an act of solidarity and honour for the firefighters. At the time of writing, the next major fire is raging in the Jonkershoek Mountains, near Stellenbosch leaving the entire area under a haze of smoke.

Cape Town is a city which rallies together in times of hardship as well as times of celebration. It is also the South African city which is packed with the most mountains passes. Did you know ....

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Cape Town has recorded its hottest day in recorded history on Tuesday, 3rd March, 2015, with the mercury hitting a scorching 44C in the city bowl. What makes this unusual is that it has occurred during one of the mildest summers in a long time. A ferocious mountain fire started three days ago in the Fish Hoek mountains which has spread over the peninsula from Noordhoek to Tokai and Hout Bay, wreaking havoc amongst residents, firefighters, animals, reptiles and caused major traffic congestion.

Bush fires are common in South Africa, but this one falls into the 'perfect storm' category. Ash and smoke engulfed many parts of the city and it's heartening to see the local community getting involved bringing food and refreshments to exhausted volunteer firemen, whilst highly skilled pilots waterbombed the burn zone incessantly in an effort to save homes. It's been a week of devastation, heroism and compassion. Donations are currently being received to assist the cost of this devasting fire by a local radio station. To date over R4m has been spent fighting the fire. Our commiserations go to those who have lost their homes and out admiration and thanks go to all the volunteers.

We have something different for you this week - and in an obscure way it also relates to a devasting fire going back 146 years .

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We take you to the foothills of the Langeberg mountains this week and explore some of the passes surrounding the Breede River Valley and the town of Robertson. We filmed four passes in the area last week and feauture the most scenic of the four in our news bulletin today. From the end of this pass you can have a go at three superb hiking trails or just have a braai and enjoy the fabulous countryside. Robertson has become a trendy place to visit in modern times offering an array of fine eateries and beautfiul wine farms.

We have had countless emails requesting mountain pass tours and have decided to meet those demands. Setting this up takes some organization and planning, but we hope to offer the first tour within the next two months. It will be an historic tour of four to five of the major Cape passes and will be completed in a day and include a lunch. Space will be limited to ten vehicles. Watch this space and our FaceBook page as the plans take shape.

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We did say the fuel price would not not stay down for long. It seems we forecast that one accurately as yesterday the government announced the next increase - and it's a quite a big one. I suppose the missing money for e-tolls has to come from somewhere?

Mountain Passes South Africa - or as we often call ourselves, MPSA - was featured on News24 yesterday. We have provided the link further down for you to click and enjoy the article which was produced by them based on our extreme passes section.

This week we feature another old pass built by Thomas Bain in 1881. We head off to Beaufort West where at least five passes can be driven within a 30km radius of the town. And you thought the Karoo was flat?!

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This week we take you into the deep southern part of the Garden Route to the holiday village of beautiful Sedgefield. Hidden in the mountains north of the village is a fabulously scenic drive......

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We are back from a two week trip into the far corners of the Southern Cape and we've managed to dig up some very interesting new material. These new and mostly unofficial passes are not recorded anywhere except on this site. So stay "tuned" over the next few weeks, as we have some gems for your bucket list. Today's featured pass is the first one that we produced and lies partially on private land........

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That's month one of 2015 virtually done and dusted. So how are those New Year's resolutions going?

Our Southern Cape sojourn has allowed us to film several passes which have previously escaped our attentions mainly due to bad weather. But it's not the Southern Cape in the spotlight this week, but the pass rich province of Mpumalanga. Today we take a closer look at the .......


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We are in the Southern Cape doing filming work this week, finding the last few passes to add in this sector which is very close to being 100% complete. If you're in the Garden Route area, keep a look out for our camera vehicle. The fuel price is down and looks set to drop even more. This is good for the economy in general and it means those of us that enjoy travelling get a lot more bang for our buck. Schools are back in action and life returns to normal once more.

This week we would like to extend a sincere thank-you to all of you who have written in with suggestions, ideas and new passes. We have approximately 150 unprocessed passes in our "vault", most of which are smaller or lesser known passes. The plan is to .....

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It's back to work for most of us and that darned oil price keeps dropping! $46 dollars per barrel. Let us smile for a while, whilst this lasts....

We reached another new record during December, with the highest ever viewership of a shade under 50,000 page views. We are both humbled and happy. Thank you for this incredible support. If you have a business that can benefit from this focused viewership, please read our advertising section.

Today we feature a really great Northern Cape pass. This one actually straddles the border of the Western and Northern Cape - so it was a case of: eenie-meenie-minie-mo, in deciding under which province to credit it! Travel with us over the great quartz semi-desert known as the Knersvlakte as we uncover some unsusual bits of history. And who knows who Victor Smith was and what significant role he played in South African aviation history?

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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.
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