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Latest News! 7th April, 2014

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Life in miniature Life in miniature - Photo: H.Basson

Our weekend was spent capturing more great "off the beaten track" passes for you, but those will only be processed during the next 10 days. This week we have a look at three diverse passes starting with Constantia Nek in Cape Town, then zooming off to Mpumalanaga to drive the gravel Wonderkloof Pass. Then back to the Western Cape for a visit to the alpine like Elandskloof Pass near Villiersdorp.

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1. Constantia Nek - is the oldest pass in South Africa and dates back to 1657. Jan van Riebeeck named it Clooff Pass. It's hard to believe the neck was protected by the Dutch, the French, the British and the Hottentots over a period of 360 years. Today it is protected by the Table Mountain National Park rangers.

2. Wonderkloof Pass - a gravel pass with two horseshoe bends. It terminates at the Wonderkloof - a deep wooded ravine to the south of the Mokobulaan Nature Reserve, with tumbling waterfalls. There are crocs and hippos around. Stay in your car and dont go swimming!

3. Elandskloof Pass - An out and back tarred pass - very steep and equally scenic - near Villiersdorp in the Western Cape. Known to most Capetonians simply as 'High Noon'.

Gear up for dafety for the easter break.

Trygve Roberts
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