Latest News! 2nd April, 2014

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Oreotragus oreotragus (Klipspringer) Oreotragus oreotragus (Klipspringer) - Photo: Photo: Wikipedia

Of all the April Fool's stories this year, we thought the Escom story deserved the No.1 spot for originality - "South Africa will be switching from 220v to 115v domestic power supply - like America. This will mean we will have twice as much available power"

We have an outstanding pass for your bucket list this week. It is modern, yet built in the traditional method, it has fabulous scenery and offers fossils, wild game and even lions. To cap it all you can camp or hire a chalet at the foot of the pass. It makes this pass completely unique and we rate this one in our Top 20 SA all-round passes.

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We visit one of South Africa's large national parks - The Karoo National Park, near Beaufort West  - and explore the geology, history, wild-life and facilities at this water scarce park. We introduce you to other drives in the park too, as well as other interesting passes outside the park and to the north of the town.

Our featured pass this week is the Klipspringer Pass, which has a lot to offer the traveller. It forms part of a 45 km long circular game drive through the southern section of the Karoo National Park and was built over a 3 year period (1988 to 1991) utilising the Bain method of dry stone walling, meticulously packed by hand. Rocks were brought in from neighbouring farms and derelict buildings and the road-builders did a really good job of this one. Instead of excavating into the hillside with a bulldozer (which is the normal method), the low side of the road is supported by stone walls - and some of them are fairly high at over 6m. The stone work blends in perfectly with the mountain and the road is pleasantly attractive to the eye. It gains 264m of altitude and offers lots of variety with sharp corners and many view sites. You are highly likely to see game too. It's a wonderful place to camp or rent a chalet and enjoy the magnificent peace and space of the Great Karoo. You can safely put this one on your bucket list.

Click on the link to take you to the page: KLIPSPRINGER PASS

For those of you travelling over Easter, we wish you a safe journey. Drive defensively and anticipate. We need you back home in one piece.

Trygve Roberts

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