You've all heard of Ben Nevis in Scotland. Our new record breaking pass is called the Ben MacDhui Pass (after a similarly named peak in Scotland) and it's located in the southern Drakensberg right on the RSA/Lesotho border. This is high altitude mountain country, or as the locals call it "Wild Mountain Country". The Scottish settler influence is evident in many of the names. Ben MacDhui is the tallest mountain in the entire Cape at 3001m and is revered by the local Xhosa people who call it "Makholo" which translates into 'The Great Mother'.
It's a place of very steep slopes, green grassy hills, tumbing waterfalls, Alpine flowers and it's also where South Africans flock to in winter, to try their hand at snow skiing. Getting to the pass is something of an adventure and involves traversing several major passes, not least of which is the incredibly steep Carlisleshoekspruit Pass that connects the little village of Rhodes with the Tiffindell Ski Resort. And this is where the Ben MacDhui Pass starts at an altitude of 2567m. And that number is something very few other passes in SA even summit at! You will need a 4x4 with high clearance and low range to complete this pass.
Take the link click through provided below and enjoy this wonderful new pass via a 5 part video set. The pass will form one of the 10 passes in our upcoming Ben 10 Eco Challenge. Here's the perfect opportunity to decide if you are willing to tackle it.
***** BEN MACDHUI PASS *****
New passes added this week:
Tiffindell-Tenahead Traverse (TTT)
Upgraded videos added this week:
Barkly Pass (R56)
Thought for the day: "Short & sweet - Happy New Year!"