Latest News! 29th May, 2014

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When gravel roads beckon.... When gravel roads beckon.... - Photo: Trygve Roberts

Our cover photo today features the southern approach to the amazing Seweweekspoort. The photo captures the spirit of gravel travel. A certain yearning that many of us have to escape the city life with all its trappings and find our souls in the simplicity of time travel. And what better way than feeling the crunch of gravel under your tyres?

Today we wander far and wide over South Africa, as we introduce you to some new and old passes. We recently did a complete revamp on our most popular pass, with over 7,000 views - The Gamkaskloof / Die Hel, incorporating that most revered pass, the Elands Pass with its dizzying switchbacks.  Discover who Cordier was, the giant Hollander, clad in sheepskins, who ran the show in Die Hel for a long time. And how about Gustav Nefdt, a true Klover, who carried a Dover coal stove strapped to his back over a treacherous footpath from Prince Albert to Die Hel.

On a more gentle note, we visit two new passes in Mpumalanga, the Witklip and Uitkyk passes.

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1. Gamkaskloof - An astonishing chapter of South African history still in the making. You have to make the pilgrimage!

2. Witklip Pass - Located between Machadodorp and Lydenburg on the R36 near the Kwena Dam, this is the land of big game. 

3. Uitkyk Pass - A scenic gravel drive that makes a long loop through the mountains south of Nelspruit, offering big views and challenging driving.

Thank you to all of our followers who have provided additional information and history. It all helps to make this South Africa's No.1 adventure travel site.

Switch your phone off and your GPS on. Have at it!

Trygve Roberts

PS - Next week we will be featuring a superb off road route in the Southern Cape.



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