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Latest News! 31st March, 2014

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Lions Head & Signal Hill Lions Head & Signal Hill

Today we have three diverse passes for you to cyber drive. Mpumalanga's Long Tom Pass takes us back to the Anglo Boer war and this pass tells a story of the shrewd and practical Boer commandos, who were completely outnumbered by the British army, but despite this numerical disadvantage controlled the important necks and passes by being immensely resourceful. Their natural skills in bushcraft coupled with outstanding marksmanship, made them a formidable enemy. Read the story of the big cannon which the Brits nicknamed Long Tom. This single gun had a huge shell which had a range of 10 km. The Boers controlled the pass for a long time with this long range cannon.

Within the the city of Cape Town, there are a number of impressive suburban passes. Most of them well trodden on the tourist routes, but always a joy to drive and completely accessible in terms of time and distance. We visit two of these scenic roads. You can also learn about the noon gun and why it is fired daily.

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1. Long Tom Pass - A long, high and steep pass in Mpumalanga which is steeped in fascinating history.

2. Signal Hill Road - A suburban pass close to the city centre in Cape Town providing spectacular views for a small gain in altitude. We explore the noon gun and visit a Kramat.

3. Kloof Road (Camps Bay) - Virtually an extension of Signal Hill Road, and not to be confused with Kloof Nek Road - it takes you from Kloof Nek to Clifton via the 228 year old Roundhouse nestled in The Glen at Camps Bay. Find out about what a 'Rumbullion' is.



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