Latest News! 29th September, 2016

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Studers Pass near the summit Studers Pass near the summit - Photo: Trygve Roberts

This week we head up into the Northern Cape and since this is officially the time of year of the spring flowers in Namaqualand, we've decided to introduce you to a big altitude gaining gravel pass between Leliefontein and Garies, that runs along the valley to the west of the Langkloof Pass, which we featured a few weeks ago.

Our featured pass is generally maintained to a good standard and can be driven in almost any vehicle. Besides the hundreds of acres of wild flowers on offer, there are granite smothered mountains that glisten in the sunlight, set against the bluest of skies that one only finds in Namaqualand.

All around you the ridges and rivers pulse with life as the winter comes to an end for a brief, but spellbinding few weeks as nature explodes into a frenzy of blossoms.

Studer's Pass is long at 22,6 km but it's never boring. It is one of those unusual passes that offers everything - from grand and sweeping views of the Kamiesberg at its northern end, to flocks of white sheep (sometimes blocking the entire road)and for the lucky few, a beautiful waterfall tumbles down a ravine under the road after good rain.

The pass is essentially split into three sections, with a gentle middle plateau section offering some respite from all the bends, corners and curves. Here several farms occupy this reasonably level area and cattle grids provide the markers where one farm ends and the next one starts. Unlike it's sister pass (Langkloof) a little further to the east, this one has no farm gates to open and close. Despite this luxury, it will still take a good 30 minutes to drive this pass.

Once you have driven this pass, you will realise what a wonderful circular loop it offers the adventure traveller. You will get dust or mud on your car, but that's a small price to pay for the exquisite feeling of open space, peace and tranquility.

Take the click through link below and enjoy our 2 part video:

***** STUDER'S PASS *****

Upgraded videos added this week:
Wildeperdehoek Pass (P2592) Northern Cape
Killians Pass (R396) Eastern Cape
Greylings Pass (396) Eastern Cape

Trygve Roberts

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