This week we remain in the Western Cape - the pass rich province where we currently have 252 passes to choose from (and there are still more to come!).
The Cederberg Wilderness is a huge tract of mountain wilderness some 175,000 hectares in extent and attracts adventure travellers on foot, MTB, adventure motorcycles and 4x4's. It's one of those places once visited, that creeps into your soul and never lets go, luring you back repeatedly. Within its limits, there are a range of good passes ranging from excellent tar surfaced passes like the Pakhuis all the way down to some gnarly 4x4 roads like the Eselbank Pass.
Today we feature one of these lesser known gravel passes in the heart of the southern Cederberg - and as a bonus you can get to drive it in a normal car.
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This week we head back into the Western Cape where we take a cyber drive along a short, but scenic tarred pass on the Cape Peninsula, which is often overlooked and forgotten, but this coastal road has an interesting history. As the cobalt blue waters of the Atlantic ocean wash against the western shores of the Peninsula, sea mists often clad the slopes and our featured pass.
It is along this lovely and scenic road that road runners and cyclists return to year after year to enjoy some of the most scenic routes in the world.
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There's never a dull moment with the MPSA team and this week we bring you something truly exciting. A mountain pass that is the second steepest and sixth highest in South Africa and it's located in the one and only Drakensberg on the edge of the Free State/KZN border. This road is so steep that it had to be paved so that even 4x4 vehicles could make it to the top. The road serves the primary purpose of servicing the telecom towers on the top of the mountain, but it also falls wholly within the boundaries of a nature reserve and is open to the general public.
Discover what it's like to drive up or down a gradient of 1: 2,6!!!
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This week our featured pass is for the more adventurous gravel road driver who seeks the solitude and peace that these back roads bring. We are heading into the north-eastern corner of South Africa, into the province of Mpumalanga on the high side of the escarpment into a land of rolling green hills, big mountains, fast flowing streams packed with fish - a paradise for fresh water anglers.
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Francois du Toit who owned the Kleinbosch farm near Paarl, was the first person to moot the idea of a possible route through the formidable mountain range separating Paarl from Worcester. In the 1850's Andrew Geddes Bain had built the wonderful Bains Kloof Pass further to the west, which would serve as the main route north via Ceres into the Karoo for a period of almost 100 years.
This week we bring you the history of the developement of the first proper road through the shorter route, today known as Du Toits Kloof Pass and named in honour of Francois du Toit.
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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.
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.