Mountain Passes News

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.
Many people mistakenly think this pass is in the Northern Cape. The pass in question is the......

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This is our final news release of 2014. And what a year it's been! Breaking the Thursday news release tradition (simply because tomorrow you'll all be too busy with New Year celebrations), we're publishing one day early.

It's always good to review what one has achieved at this time of year. The website grew from 17000 page views per month in Dec 2013 to 45000 per month currently. The site received over 360,000 page views during 2014. Our FaceBook page rocketed from 400 LIKES a year ago to over 3000 LIKES to date. Our engagement with our readership has grown to the levels that just our email section alone, needs a full time employee. A large number of new reader submissions have been banked into storage for future production and the number of people online at any time of the day or night has grown by over 3000%. We write and post online on three of the major motorcycle adventure clubs, the Land Cruiser Club of South Africa, and CaravanParks.com. One of our goals.....

Its been a funny month, but it is after all, the silly season. On the positive side we've seen the biggest drop in the oil price ever, with the pundits figuring a local drop in the fuel price of R1.05 per litre. For mountain pass affecionados that is very good news indeed and for your camera team that drives a 3 ton SUV, it is even better news! On the dark side....

Today has marked another major milestone for the Mountain Passes team. We have eclipsed 10,000 page views in a single week for the first time. That equates to around 45,000 views per month. We thank all of YOU for the huge popularity that the site continues to enjoy. And it's not just the website that's bounding along - our FaceBook page today went past 3000 'Likes' - It's the best Christmas gift we could have hoped for!

We are featuring a range of great, historical passes over the festive season. These are perennial favourites amongst our readers and today we are showcasing the mighty........

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It's extraordinary how fast 2014 flew past. In many ways it's been a tough year for many busineses and the experts are forecasting an improvement for 2015. Let's hope they're right.

On our filming trips, we have a flattened copper coin affixed to our camera vehicle - a family token of happy days on holiday at Swartvlei Lagoon, Garden Route, standing with my kids as we taped a coin to the railway track, waiting for the steam train to roar past and watch the excitement on their faces as they found the result - a flat and deformed coin, quite unrecognizable from a few seconds before - and very hot!

It has been stated on various platforms that a feasibility study has been launched with a view to reinstating the rail link between George and Knysna. For many years the steam trains used to.......

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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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