Lisa's degree in fine art and knowledge of languages will soon be evident in how the MPSA brand will be presented via the various social media platforms as we explore another new field whilst forging ahead to sustain Mountain Passes South Africa as the best passes site in the world and a self sustaining website that operates in a manner which allows itself to grow and improve continually, whilst at the same time providing world class, accurate travel information which is passion driven, rather than profit driven - and allows almost everyone to access the information at an exceptionally low subscription fee.
Wild Coast FM
To listen to the weekly radio talks, those who are unable to pick up the broadcast signal, can simply download any one of a number of free Apps, like 'Simple Radio'. Once you've downloaded the App, scroll down to the search bar and type in Wild Coast FM. Tap the logo and the station will begin playing immediately on your phone. Tap again to switch it off.
For those who have iPhones, here is the link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/simple-radio-live-am-fm/id891132290?mt=8
Set a reminder: Every Monday at 3.30 pm.
If you're technically challenged, you can listen to the podcasts right here on the website a day or two later by using this link: https://mountainpassessouthafrica.co.za/news/podcasts.html
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Xuka River Canyon
This powerful yet little known river has carved a big canyon out of the mountains above Engcobo in the Eastern Cape. The canyon is on average 500m deep, 4,5 km wide and 13 km long. Running along the spine of the mountain ridge to the west of the canyon is the tarred R58 route between Engcobo and Elliot and it is here that we take you for a cyber drive on the ominous sounding Satansnek - a winding, high altitude (1426m) pass of almost 17km in length providing glimpses of the canyon, whilst dodging cattle, potholes and badly parked cars. But it's worth it!
One day our stats experts can sift through the names and log how many passes in South Africa are named after the devil, a witch or some other evil force. No amount of research was able to reveal how this road acquired its name. Maybe the Tokoloshe runs around up there..... The irony is that the other pass that provides access to Engcobo is called the All Saints Pass.
Make a note of the gravel access road to the radio towers at 03.19 in the video, where you will get the ultimate views of the canyon from the summit, but you will probably need a 4x4.
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Upgraded videos added this week:
Koffiehoogte Pass (R532) - This is the extension of the Long Tom Pass that forms the final drop down to Sabie where the early wagon drivers camped and took their coffee break in the 1800's.
Thought for the day: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind" ~ Dr. Seuss