Schoemanskloof rules - Stop frequently and enjoy the scenery
There are businesses in the valley that have become household names - like the Viva Service Station - which is much more than a filling station and the Joubert en Seuns Padstal where they serve the finest fruit juices and an array of fresh farm produce.
We'll take you to visit a narrow guage railway that dates back to 1915 and which crossed the Crocodile River many times as logs were hauled from the kloof to the nearest station. There is a fascinating twist to this railway line, which was operated for a short period of time using manual gangs of labourers to push the fruit laden carriages some 17 km to the next station. One of the original bridges can still be seen near the kloof.
Old Joe Barbas - from then till now
We take a longer look at that fascinating rock known simply as "Old Joe" and unpack its history and current artistic subculture. There's a remarkable golf course called Drakenzicht up on the lip of the escarpment, where golfers can enjoy the finest views of the Schoemanskloof valley and of course, a visit to Schoemanskloof would be incomplete without taking a longer look at the Nile Crocodile, which reveals some eye-opening statistics where examples have been seen up to 6,1m long weighing in at 1090 kg. A remarkable predator that is found across vast tracts of Africa, wherever there is fresh water and warm temperatures.
Knowledge improves your travel experience
Despite the gentle average gradients of the kloof of 1:159 the route is filled with lush subtropical vegetation, steep cliffs, history, things to do and places to visit. Our Jhb based associate, Mike Leicester, visited the kloof a few weeks ago and captured great video footage as well as did all the research on this well known kloof. The next time you drive through Schoemanskloof, take a little time to visit some of these wonderful attractions. We've got it all laid out for you on the link below. Traveling with knowledge makes your trip so much more enjoyable. Know before you go!
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New passes added this week:
Karretjies Pass - A short, but very rough 4x4 gravel pass which is part of the Old Postal Route in the Western Cape.
Upgraded videos added this week:
Nelshoogte Pass - A substantial tarred pass on the R38 between Barberton and Badplaas in Mpumalanga.
Thought for the day: "If you want to conquer fear, don't sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy" ~ Dale Carnegie.