To get to the Koueveld Pass, you can approach either from the Laingsburg side or from the northern exit of the Seweweekspoort. We filmed this pass from the Seweweekspoort side in the descending mode, which offers the more dramatic views. Most people are so over-awed by the dramatic rock formations of the Seweweekspoort, that they barely notice the Koueveld Pass, but this lovely pass is worthy of being added to your 'to do' list.
The pass descends from east to west by 327m over 6 km and offers fabulous Cape Fold Mountain scenery as it drops down into a secluded valley which is intensively farmed. From the valley another two passes are traversed - the Witnekke and Rooinek passes.
The Koueveld Pass offers dramatic mountain scenery, two waterfalls and forms one of three lovely passes when approaching the Seweweekspoort from the western side. The route forms a beautiful alternative route when driving the Seweweekspoort from the western side. Make a point of stopping at the foot of the pass to admire the ostrich sculptures at the roadside which have been creatively sculpted from old car parts.
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This week marks the last of the new/upgraded passes and poorts which we filmed during our sojourn into the Northern Cape during April, 2017. The focus over the next four weeks will move to KZN and the Eastern Cape.
New passes added this week:
Kootjiestafel se Hoogte (P2323) - One of the better Northern Cape farm road passes which is followed by a 100m river crossing (featured on the pass page).
Soutpanspoort (R63) - One of the most unimpressive official passes we have ever filmed (Northern Cape). You have to see this one, to believe it.
Rooihoogte (P2327) - One of a trio of minor official passes in the heart of the Karoo between Fraserburg and Carnarvon.
Heuningneshoogte (P2326) - Another easy farm road, which has been classified as an official pass - about 70 km north-east of Fraserburg. It offers tricky navigation and the best part is simply 'getting there'!
Upgraded videos added this week:
Quaggasfontein Poort (P0568) - A small pass/poort displaying interesting geology south of Williston
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