Latest News! 17th December, 2013

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Near the summit - Ongeluks Nek Pass Near the summit - Ongeluks Nek Pass - Photo: Photo: Trygve Roberts

This week we have a range of new material covering some fairly hectic offroad driving in the Eastern Cape on the aptly named Ongeluks Nek Pass  (open this page scroll down to the bottom for the 'one click' hyperlink) , plus a nice easy tarred pass in the Great Karoo on the N9 north of Graaff-Reinet. . We have also produced a feature on the Eastern, mountainous part of Lesotho covering some exquisite scenery between Mokhotlong and Ramatselitso. Much of the footage on this clip is supplied by one of our co-travellers, Kobus Vlok. (Dankie Kobus!)

2014 promises to be a BIG year for the production team at Mountain Passes South Africa, as we plan on having every publicly accessible pass live and featured on the website by mid-year. Our FaceBook and Twitter pages are doing very well with subscribers and "Likes" increasing daily. Associations with companies like Tracks4Africa are now in place and more are on the cards in the next two months. Watch this space! We would like........

.......to take this opportunity to thank our readers for their support and loyalty and especially those who took the time to write to us with corrections, suggestions and information. We place great value on this interaction and in the process, have met some wonderful people, like 80 year old Winston Le Roux, who has provided us with detailed history of the Baviaanskloof and he turns out to be the very farmer who erected that cableway in the kloof!  Winston is about to publish a brand new book on the history of the Baviaanskloof and we are honoured to be associated with him.

Our thanks also go to padmaker Graham Ross, who regularly gets into contact with us with a whole range of information, which we happily publish. Graham also helps us get our minds around engineering issues, road design and construction. We are privileged to know men of this calibre and that they give to us so freely of  their hard earned knowledge. This attitude is in alignment with how we have approached this mammoth project. We share all our knowledge with the readership of the website. It is only through giving, that one can receive.

We wish all our readers a blessed Christmas and a healthy and prosperpous New Year. Nelson Mandela's passing has rekindled a flame of hope for all South Africans that the goodness of man shall ultimately prevail. Big boots to fill. Very, big boots. 

Right, let's go cyber driving. Click on the links to go to the relevant page:

1. Ongeluks Nek (Part 1) A 4x4 only,  serious pass in the Drakensberg between Matatiele and Lesotho. Passport required).

2. Ongeluks Nek (Part 2)  If you want to watch Part 2 you must be keen!

3. Lesotho 4x4 Tour ( Mokhotlong to Ramas Gate) - A 4x4 tour through some of the most beautiful scenery in Lesotho, featuring the 3300m Mathabeng Pass.

4. Paardekloof Pass (N9) An easy tarred pass on the N9 near Graaff-Reinet.


Trygve Roberts

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