Msauli Asbestos Mine closed down in 2001 when the asbestos mining industry collapsed and left behind an entire deserted village complete with a school, clinic and a church. Nature is slowly reclaiming the gardens, whilst a few hardy residents remained behind trying to eke a living in this perfect little valley with the crystal clear Mtsoli River providing the life line of survival.
Today you can drive the Diepgezet Pass - a long and winding descent of 738m over 12,6 km with some of Mpumalanga's finest scenery on offer, ranging from open grassy hills, to dense indigenous forests. A few signs near the foot of the pass still proclaim the village as Msauli, but it's more commonly known as Diepgezet.
The pass is a well kept secret amongst the adventure biker groups and although we have known about this pass for some time already, it was only a month ago, that we finally got around (at our third attempt - the other two being thwarted by bad weather) to filming the pass on a clear sunny day. The good news is that you don't need a 4x4 to drive this pass, although it should be avoided in wet weather in a normal car.
We know your bucket is getting heavy and maybe the time has come to add a second bucket, and make this pass the first one to go into it! You will have no regrets!
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Thought for the day: "The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power" ~ Anonymous