Mountain Passes News

This week we have released our first batch of route files. Our IT department has been burning the midnight oil making the necessary changes and improvements. A route file is a small down-loadable file (it takes about 1 second) that we have embedded just below the interactive map. Once you have it on your PC/Laptop/tablet etc. you can then save it and upload to your GPS for pin point accurate navigation to any pass and the actual pass itself of course. We have also built in a HELP page, where we describe in detail how to get the most out of the site (including a section on the new route files). You will notice that.....

With scorching heat waves in the Western and Northern Cape coupled with gale force south easterly winds, this is prime fire season for the winter rainfall areas. Please be ultra careful with fires and cigarette butts. Meanwhile the rest of South Africa is having rain, rain and more rain with electrical storms causing havoc to remote communities. Global warming is a reality. Whilst it is easy to rationalise and say the weather is mostly the same as it always has been, a look at the widespread flooding in the UK is of concern.

This week we have another trio of interesting Northern Cape passes for you to cyber-drive. (Click the READ MORE button to expand this page)

We get lots of help with our passes project from researchers, historians, travel writers and road engineers. On Saturday last week, we had the privilege of meeting our favourite road engineer, Graham Ross, at his home in Somerset West. Graham has patiently guided and mentored our project with a wonderful sense of patience and diplomacy. A lot of Graham's lifetime worth of experience has gone into research and he has shared his invaluable collection of statistics as well as some lovely stories, many of which have been crafted into a rich tapestry of tales about South Africa and it's developement over the last 300 years. He has given us access to all of this and many tales, facts and figures are reproduced on this website with his blessing. Do yourself a favour and find yourself a copy of Graham's excellent book: "The Romance of the Cape Mountain Passes" It's a book you will refer to many times over the years. [ISBN 978-1-920289-51-5] Sunbird Publishers.

Graham Ross
Graham Ross - 'Padmaker' of note.

We have a few more interesting Northern Cape passes for you to cyber drive this week: [ Click the READ MORE button for the hyperlinks]

Far from the lush and green passes of the Southern Cape where we have spent almost a month on the production of passes, we move much further away for the next fortnight - into the thirstlands of the Northern Cape, where there are a surprising number of big passes. {Click the READ MORE button for the hyperlinks}

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)

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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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