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Latest News! 18th September, 2014

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It's mid month and the time for planning spring trips. As usual we offer a smorgasbord of passes across our beautiful country - something for everyone. We focus for a moment on litter and the ask the question: "Why do so many motorists throw litter onto the side of the road?" And it is not only limited to poor or uneducated people. During our travels and filming we are often astounded at the volumes of litter on the road side - and exactly how does one change the mindset of a nation? Someone once said that it should be seen positively in that it creates jobs for others!

We revisit two old favourites in the Ceres Karoo where we have refilmed two classics to our 2014 standards. We then head to the northern-most pass in Limpopo right into the Kruger - and finally loop down to Mpumalanga for a drive up the beautiful Bouldersberg.

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1. Peerboomskloof and Katbakkies Passes create an outstanding introduction to the Tankwa Karoo as well as the Koue Bokkeveld depending on your direction of travel. This is one of our favourite Western Cape drives.

2. Jacks Pass is neither spectacular, nor difficult, but it is in the very furthest reaches of the Kruger National Park and holds the unique distinction of being South Africa's northern-most official pass.

3. Bouldersberg Pass lies on the old Kaapmuiden road near Nelspruit and offers views near the Crocodile River Gorge. There is a wild animal cautionary for this road and it falls within a controlled nature reserve. You need to sign in and out at control booms. Stiff gradients and lush vegetation are part of the drive.

Thank you to each and every follower of this project for all your suggestions, enthusiasm and encouragement. We try to answer every email as soon as possible, but bear with us, as our email volumes are starting to get into the "large" category now with our most recent statistics showing almost 40,000 page views last month.

Till next week.....Keep your cool on and off the road.







Trygve Roberts
Editor

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