Mountain Passes News

We found this little guy hiding in a shoe and managed to get him back into aqualand unharmed. It's been a hectic week with lots of things keeping the team very busy, but we have three great new routes for you this week (especially if you live in the Western Cape). We have another trio of interesting and out of the way passes to explore in the Overberg area.
We have had some inquiries about publicly accessible roads in the Sanbona Reserve near Barrydale in the Cape, which we are checking out. If any readers have intimate knowledge about this, we would appreciate a call or an email.

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This week, we foresake the heat of the Northern Cape for a break back in the more temperate climate of the Western Cape. Just west of False Bay lies a mountainous section between Somerset West and the Overberg. This 300 meter high mountain plateau is host to Grabouw and the Elgin Valley. This week we have a trio of beautiful drives on offer. They can easily be driven in a single day.

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This week we take you on a cyber tour of some obscure, but interesting passes in the Hantam Karoo and beyond. The photo is something of a red herring and about as far from a Northern Cape scene as you can get. We visit a real old English fort on the banks of the Orange River (Gariep) as well as check out ghost rhinos and even more unlikely quaggas.

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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)

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