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The Rooiberg Pass is one of those "off the radar" passes that has very low traffic volumes. The reason for that is the much better and faster tarred roads offering alternative routes in that area. But if you want to get to the metropolis of Van Wyksdorp which is tucked away in a valley in the Little Karoo, this is one of the passes that will get you there if you happen to find yourself quaffing fine port in one of Calitzdorp's eateries. It's a real gem of a pass and begs the attention of the adventure traveller. It's also long, dusty, bumpy and challenging in places. (Click the READ MORE button for the details and hyperlink)

January passed in a blur. So, we have a half percent rise in the interest rate, more fuel hikes, food inflation and a currency that has fallen into a bottomless pit. That's all the bad stuff. The good news is that we have one of the most beautiful countries in the world and we can still travel locally in a reasonably affordable manner. Much of our filming effort in January took place in the Southern Cape and we have two exciting passes to offer you this week. {Expand this page to access the links or click the READ MORE button}

We're back from another 10 day pass filming expedition in the Southern Cape with lots of HD footage of some magnificent South African mountain passes. This time round we were blessed with perfect weather for filiming and only one rainy day. The Western Cape experienced some severe flooding just one week before we started this trip, which meant some of the smaller passes were still closed. This week we kick things off with what we call the BMW pass for it's "sheer driving pleasure" {Expand this page to read more and access the link}

This news bulletin will the final one for January, as the MPSA team are off to go and film passes for the rest of January. The year has started well with website hits soaring past the 20,000 page views per month mark. Subscriptions have increased dramatically, as have interactions on our FaceBook page. 2014 has seen the production of a series of really spectacular passes including Sani Pass and Seweweeks Poort. This week, we have some fresh material for you: (Expand this page for details)

We've started the new year off with some big name passes, which just happened to reach production because of alphabetical co-incidence! Last week it was the Sani Pass and this week we take you on a cyber drive through the breathtaking Seweweeks Poort on the gravel R323 route between Calitzdorp and Laingsburg.

Robert Meek R.I.P.
Yesterday I (and about 3000 other mourners) attended the funeral of fellow yachtsman Rob Meek at the St Georges Cathedral in Cape Town. The mourners were addressed by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and other dignitaries. Rob Meek was gunned down on the stroke of midnight as his family and friends posed for a new years photograph on the deck of their isolated beach cottage near Port St.Johns in the Transkei, when three youths in balaclavas mounted the deck with guns drawn.....

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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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Master Orientation Map 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.

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