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Latest News! - 19th September, 2013

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The Grootrivier between the Blinkberg and Grootrivier Passes The Grootrivier between the Blinkberg and Grootrivier Passes - Photo: Pic by Trygve Roberts

Batten down the hatches. The winter of 2013 will be remembered for a long time in the Western Cape, with yet another severe storm, bringing icy temperatures and snow to the Cape. Friday's maximum temperature forecast is just 10C, whilst the Highveld is basking in 32C. Only in South Africa!

Bad weather also means it's time to get out into the country and experience nature at its raw best. If you own a 4x4 the country areas are your oyster. Why not head for the magnificent Cederberg, where you can find at least a dozen inspiring gravel road passes.

Our recommeded adventurers route is....

through the back roads of the Koue Bokkeveld past Op die Berg. That route will have taken you over the beautiful Gydo Pass and over the high plateau which is peppered with ice blue dams and where South Africa's biggest onion crop comes from. Hook a left at Op die Berg and head North into the Southern Cederberg. The first gravel pass you will encounter is the Blinkberg Pass, which will take you past the guest farm of Mount Cedar (one of our favourite weekend spots) and towards the Grootrivier Pass. From there you have options of Kromrivier, Uitkyk, & Nieuwoudt Passes to the West or the rugged track (not suitable for normal cars) via Eselbank to Wupperthal. Things could be rough on the Eselbank route this weekend, so use some common sense before you take the high road.

Read about the Blinkberg Pass here - most of the other passes are hyperlinked within that text.

Have fun!

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