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We've been working on the MPSA online shop for many months, and today we are our proud to announce the official launch. On the shop page you can book a tour with us, buy some classy branded MPSA apparel or download our Facts & Stats spreadsheet with almost 700 passes to browse through, which will make trip planning a breeze.

Not to bombard you with commercial content, we remain true to our cause and take you to the Northern Cederberg for a ride on the wild side, which includes a river crossing (without a bridge) and some of the worst roadway we have seen in a while. This one is strictly for 4WD vehicles only and lightweight adventure motorcycles.

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This week we bring you something completely different. We head up to the North-West Province of South Africa and focus on the towns of Parys and Vredefort, where we take a look at a good gravel road that traverses a section of the World Heritage site, known as the Vredefort Structure - an astonishing event that happened billions of years ago when an asteroid the size of Table Mountain slammed into the earth, leaving behind the biggest crater of its kind in the world, known to scientists. We explore this event in more detail and invite you to cyber drive this pass with us. It's definitely one for the bucket list!

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The flower season is almost over, but here and there the mountain slopes in the Western and Northern Cape are still smothered in purple or yellow flowers. The long weekend  over the 24th to 27th September, provided the perfect opportunity to do some filming of some of the more obscure passes in the Northern Cape and the northern sectors of the Western Cape. We uncovered ten new passes to delight and lure the more adventurous travellers to explore this amazing country of ours. But more of those in the coming weeks....

This week we take you to the border of the two Cape provinces as we descend down one of the great historic passes near the Northern Cederberg. This one is gravel road heaven!

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Phutaditjhaba is a massive sprawling complex of villages just to the north of Lesotho in the southern Free State. We weave you carefully, but accurately through this maze of interconnecting villages from the R712 midway between the Golden Gate Highlands National Park and historic Harrismith, to uncover a gem of a gravel pass that is both challenging in terms of its steepness, but also for its rough surface, both factors which are adequately compensated by extraordinarily magnificent scenery from above the 2000m contour line. It's another one of those 'Roads less Travelled'

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Those of you that closely follow our production schedule will have noticed over the past 3 weeks, that we have been adding many new passes in the provinces of North-West, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Free State. Today, we are finally focusing on South Africa's largest city as we explore the history of the outright shortest pass on our website at only 290m. That is one way to make it into the record books!

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Mountain Passes South Africa

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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