Latest News! 15th January, 2015

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Van Rhyns Pass Van Rhyns Pass - Photo: MPSA

It's back to work for most of us and that darned oil price keeps dropping! $46 dollars per barrel. Let us smile for a while, whilst this lasts....

We reached another new record during December, with the highest ever viewership of a shade under 50,000 page views. We are both humbled and happy. Thank you for this incredible support. If you have a business that can benefit from this focused viewership, please read our advertising section.

Today we feature a really great Northern Cape pass. This one actually straddles the border of the Western and Northern Cape - so it was a case of: eenie-meenie-minie-mo, in deciding under which province to credit it! Travel with us over the great quartz semi-desert known as the Knersvlakte as we uncover some unsusual bits of history. And who knows who Victor Smith was and what significant role he played in South African aviation history?

Buckle up and drive this great pass originally built by....

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Drive this great pass built by Thomas Bain. It is a sheer delight with its very straight and long approach, which changes dramatically as the inspiring chicane section is negotiated. This is one of the main roads giving access to Namaqualand during the flower season. We explore both Vanrhynsdorp and Nieuwoudtville. This one's a humdinger. Dont miss it! Just click the link below and enjoy the two part video.

Vanrhyns Pass


Glad to have you back!

Trygve Roberts

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