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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After some of our subscribers raised the issue of public access to Sanbona Game Reserve, near Barrydale in the Western Cape, we have investigated the matter, and we bring you a full report on this thorny situation. We also have three diverse passes for you to cyber drive.
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My jaw dropped when I saw this old Isuzu bakkie (ute) carting an entire car (sans engine) on its load bay, attached with a single webbing strap. The Isuzu's front wheels were barely on the ground and the driver was clearly having some difficulty controlling his steed. Not a traffic officer in sight. Photo taken on Giel Basson Drive, Parow, Western Cape.
The first long weekend is done and dusted. Next is the school holidays. This week we have a very interesting mix of passes for you.
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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.
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