Latest News! 14th March, 2019

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Summit views from the Waboomsberg Pass Summit views from the Waboomsberg Pass - Photo: Trygve Roberts


We have a marvellous new pass which is being published today and coincides with the opening of bookings for our next day tour on April 21st.

The pass, which is on private land (but accessible by permit) is known by local mountain bikers as the Merino Monster. It starts at the Merino farm near the summit of the Theronsberg Pass and climbs a whopping 705m in altitude to summit at the top of the Waboomsberg at 1836m ASL revealing magnificent 360 views over the Ceres Valley, Warm and Koue Bokkeveld and the Gydo Plateau.

We have obtained permission to take a tour group up this pass on the Sunday of the Easter weekend (21st). So if you're looking for an adventure of note suitable for the whole family, book a spot as soon as possible. We connect everyone up with 2 way radios which is included in the tour price, but we can only take a maximum of ten vehicles. 

Although our tour is called The Merino Monster Tour, the pass is actually called the Waboomsberg Pass (explained on the pass page). The tour will include a stunning circuit of about 100 km which will include the magnificent Droëlandskloof old sheep trekking route, and 4 other major passes.

Ben10 Eco-Challenge Official Tour

Next week we will be away on the inaugural Ben 10 Eco-Challenge Official Tour and both the Jhb and Cape Town offices are a hive of activity as all the final arrangements are being resolved. [More lower down]

Normally with tours booked a long way in advance, there are usually cancellations, but with this tour not a single person has cancelled. It promises to be a humdinger of a tour and most drivers will definitely know they have completed a real challenge by the end of the tour. The long range weather forecast already indicates rain for the first two days, so there will no doubt be some slipping and sliding.

As we drive up to the Eastern Cape we will try and post photos and short videos as well as several posts during the tour itself, (when we have internet access). Depending on the success of this tour it is entirely possible that we will run a second Ben 10 Tour later in the year as there were many disappointed pass fans who didn't book in time for this one.

Make a note that we will more than likely be offering a Baviaanskloof Experience in June or July, but we will keep you updated via this news page - well ahead of the time.

Featured Pass

Our featured pass is the Waboomsberg Pass, which although has some hectic vital statistics, is actually not a very difficult drive and it can be done in a 4x2 in fair weather. Here is the link to book for the tour: MERINO MONSTER TOUR

Sit back, bring out the popcorn and enjoy the 6 part video series on this beautiful mountain pass.

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Trygve Roberts

Thought for the day: "Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts" ~ Winston Churchill


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