"Lundin’s Neck was extremely badly eroded at the southern end, it is doubtful that any vehicle that is not 4x4 will make it. The whole trip was done in a stock standard Suzuki Jimny - what a trooper! It simply went everywhere, even where adventure bikes turned around (Ben Mac).
It was great to see the signs denoting the Ben10, hopefully it will encourage tourism in that stunningly beautiful part of our country. The sign at Lundin’s Neck was lying flat on the ground, whilst the one on Otto du Plessis was ripped apart by the extreme wind. Bastervoetpad had no such sign."
Ben 10 Eco Challenge - a new first!
The cold and wild winter delivered no soul brave enough to attempt the Ben 10 Eco Challenge, but we have just had news from an intrepid trio of mountain bikers, who conquered the Ben 10 between 22nd and 28th September. They are the first cyclists to complete the challenge. We take our hats off to them. That is quite an achievement and we believe it's going to start an avalanche of mountain bikers wanting to add their names onto the results list.
Hanlie Booysens, Esther Lategan and Louis Goldberg reported hectic head winds for most of their week and almost got blown off their bikes near the summit of Ben MacDhui. Anyone who has completed the Ben 10 in a 4x4 or an adventure motorcycle will understand just what a monumental achievement this is. Our congratulations go to these three intrepid cyclists. You rock! [See cover pic]
Pass of the Week
One of the highlights of our Tankwa Tour from 3 weeks ago was the descent of the stunning Ouberg Pass. This mega pass is arguably the most sought after gravel pass to drive in the Northern Cape and offers not only jaw dropping views, but a 10,4 km descent through many hairpins with some technical driving included. The roads have been maintained after the recent rains and snow, and can be driven in any vehicle with reasonable ground clearance, but please take note on our advice on puncture prevention. We have produced three new videos for you to enjoy.
Take the test drive and see for yourself. If you have never driven this pass, do it before it's too late and experience the immense quiet beauty of the Tankwa Karoo.
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For those that want to listen to our 10 minute radio podcast on the Ouberg Pass, here is the link:
From the production studios in Cape town, we've been very busy mapping new passes and upgrading old passes. We have a whole feast for you to review this week.
New passes added this week:
Meidenek - a remote pass on a quiet farm road that provides access to the Baviaans-Kouga 4x4 route.
Windheuvel Pass - one of 3 small passes on the R356 between Ceres and Sutherland.
Dungu Pass - a remote and steep gravel pass in the old Transkei.
Buwani Pass - another steep pass not far from the Dungu Pass. These 2 can be driven in a circular loop.
Kobonqaba River Pass - a remote gravel pass between Butterworth and Mazeppa Bay and a prequel to Cat's Pass.
Ramatselitso Pass - a long, steep and rough pass between the Lesotho border post at Rama's Gate and Matatiele.
Upgraded videos added this week:
Turck se Pass - a short, twisty tarred pass on the R354 between Matjiesfontein and Sutherland
Amandelnek - a difficult to find, very small and remote gravel pass in the Tankwa Karoo
Gannaga Pass - a classic gravel pass that connects the Tankwa Karoo with Middelpos (2 x videos)
Karoopoort - the main gateway on the R355 for a hundred years from Cape Town to the north
Thought for the day: "You're always learning. The problem is, sometimes you stop and think you understand the world. This is not correct. The world is always moving. You never reach the point you can stop making an effort." ~ Paulo Coelho