Our host, Trygve Roberts, who owns the Mountain Passes South Africa group, led a well oiled, superbly run tour over 21 mountain passes in and around the Tankwa Karoo National Park, some of which were in the park itself. This took place over three days and each day we were briefed as to where we were going and also what to expect on our journey, with all our accommodation and meals being booked by Trygve beforehand, we had to do no preparation for the trip ourselves other than to make sure our vehicles were in tip top condition. We spent 3 days in awe of the vast and beautiful scenery of this virtually untouched land and with everything being so well organised we were able to just enjoy it without any stress of things going wrong. This is always a possibility I might add, but we knew right from the onset we were in excellent hands should that happen. Trygve kept us all informed of the history behind every pass and area that we travelled through, as we were each supplied with a two way radio for the trip. This proved to be extremely informative and at times highly amusing with quite a few anecdotes coming from the other drivers too, all of whom we hope to meet up with again in the future, as they have become friends.
I could go on and on about our wonderful time, but, would strongly advise that you look at the website “Mountain passes of South Africa”, start planning your trip and join a tour if you possibly can, you won’t regret if for a single minute." ~ Joe and Zena Becker, Cape Town.
Our featured pass of the week, has to be one of the Tankwa Tour passes. Most of these have now been refilmed in 1080HD with the latest stabilised GoPro6, but of course it will take us several weeks to rebuild all 21 videos. In the mean-time enjoy this 2013 wide angled footage shot after a cold wet midwinter spell. Each day this week, we are posting scheduled posts on our Face Book page every 2 hours or so, forming a photo essay of our Tankwa Tour, which we felt would be more enjoyable than a long written report. So if you haven't been following our FaceBook page, hop onto it and scroll back to see all the photos and comments
Listen on the radio
Each Monday we do a 10 minute live radio interview on mountain passes and this week's talk revolved around a summary of the Tankwa Tour.
You can listen to the recorded podcast.
"Ride the Dragon Tour" ~ next up....
With the success of the Eureka City and Tankwa tours, Mike Leicester (who runs our Jhb office) has planned a trip along the Drakensberg coming up in October. It will be featured tomorrow (Friday) on our FaceBook page. He only has space for 5 vehicles, so if you fancy "Riding the Dragon", then book your spot right away. The tour is open to 4WD vehicles and adventure motorcycles.
3 days, 4 provinces, 26 passes! Join the MPSA crew on an amazing adventure as we traverse the rugged Drakensberg escarpment on a rollercoaster trip up and down South Africa’s most iconic mountain range. Test your driving skills, take in the spectacular scenery, visit out-of-the-way places, and learn about the history and culture of the Voortrekkers that pioneered these routes and the devastating wars that shaped our future.
Pass of the week:
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New passes added this week:
Mbashe River Pass - A big gravel pass in the old Transkei - a tough one in wet weather!
Nungi Pass - A steep gravel pass in the north eastern part of the E/Cape.
Thought for the day: "Only I can change my life. No-one can do it for me" ~ Carol Burnett