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With Easter around the corner, it's time for holiday planning for many families. Why not stay off the main routes and take a little longer to get to your destination by travelling some of the slower and more scenic back roads. Use our Master Map (on the home page) to plan your journey and include some interesting passes along the way. This week we bounce around the corners of South Africa and take you from the Boland's Rooihoogte Pass on the R43 where there is a mountain and a farm named after the awesome ratel (honey badger), which is our feature photo this week - all the way to Mpumalanga's Montrose Falls and then to a road most of our readers have travelled but didn't know it's name or history - this being the Bakoondhoogte Pass on the R60 near Ashton in the Western Cape.

Kilo for kilo and inch for inch, there is no more ferocious and fearless animal than the ratel. With an almost impenetrably thick coat of hair, razor sharp 3 cm long front claws, a low centre of gravity, four leg drive, massive energy reserves, an impressive set of teeth and an attitude that makes a bull-terrier look wimpish - this is an animal you should never confront. Back away gently and let it eat the chickens.

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Every radio station, newspaper and a dedicated TV channel - it's Oscar in abundance. With all the negativity in the news headlines, we try to keep things on a positive note. The weather is unseasonally pleasant with 28 to 30 degree temperatures in the Western Cape. Add a rash of public holidays and it's a perfect recipe to discover your country. Our trio of passes range from the Mother City and a scenic road through the Schoemans Kloof Pass in Mpumalanga.

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Our weekend was spent capturing more great "off the beaten track" passes for you, but those will only be processed during the next 10 days. This week we have a look at three diverse passes starting with Constantia Nek in Cape Town, then zooming off to Mpumalanaga to drive the gravel Wonderkloof Pass. Then back to the Western Cape for a visit to the alpine like Elandskloof Pass near Villiersdorp.

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Mountain Passes reached a new milestone last month with a new record of 24,429 page views in a single month. Our international and local rankings are now really going places. This week we head north and south to the extremes of our borders with three diverse offerings. From the green mountains of Mpumalanga all the way to Cape Town's Atlantic seaboard. The rains have finally left Gauteng and arrived in the Western Cape, with flooded streets and gridlocked traffic being the order of the day.

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Today we have three diverse passes for you to cyber drive. Mpumalanga's Long Tom Pass takes us back to the Anglo Boer war and this pass tells a story of the shrewd and practical Boer commandos, who were completely outnumbered by the British army, but despite this numerical disadvantage controlled the important necks and passes by being immensely resourceful. Their natural skills in bushcraft coupled with outstanding marksmanship, made them a formidable enemy. Read the story of the big cannon which the Brits nicknamed Long Tom. This single gun had a huge shell which had a range of 10 km. The Boers controlled the pass for a long time with this long range cannon.

Within the the city of Cape Town, there are a number of impressive suburban passes. Most of them well trodden on the tourist routes, but always a joy to drive and completely accessible in terms of time and distance. We visit two of these scenic roads. You can also learn about the noon gun and why it is fired daily.

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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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