Latest News! 8th January, 2015

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Many of you will have returned from your holidays safe and sound, ready to face the year ahead. I suppose the best news this week is the big drop in the fuel price. This will undoubtdly benefit all South Africans. Of course, the reasons for the price drop are scary, to say the least, and we are watching developements carefully as the international oil price drama plays itself out. Dont be surprised if the price suddenly spikes again.

Whilst you were on holiday, we were out and about filming passes as usual and we have some fabulous new passes on offer. Today we feature an off the beaten track, VERY steep gravel pass in the far northern sector of the Western Cape. With waterfalls, rock pools, San rock-art, hiking trails and 4x4 routes, this is one not be missed.
Many people mistakenly think this pass is in the Northern Cape. The pass in question is the......

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The pass is question is the Gifberg Pass. It's quite a long drive getting there, so it's best to book into overnight accommodation to be able to have enough time to enjoy some of the natural wonders that the area has to offer. It lies roughly 20km south of Vanrhynsdorp and many people have seen the Gifberg mountain on the eastern side of the N7 on the Cape/Namibia route between Klawer and Vanrhyndorp.

Once you've reached the summit and visited the viewsite at Windhoek Kop, take the gravel road to the east for 18 km as it winds through rooibos plantations and isolated mountain plateau farms to reach the summit of the Ouberg Pass.  Don't drive this section if you object to opening and closing farm gates. Yes, this is the 4th Ouberg Pass (P2204) on our website. This is a smaller, but very scenic descent back to the famous Knersvlakte, ending at Vanrhynsdorp. The other Ouberg passes are at Sutherland, Montagu and one in the Eastern Cape. All are indexed on this website.

1. Gifberg Pass

2. Ouberg Pass

Enjoy our beautiful country.

Trygve Roberts

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