Latest News! 16th April, 2015

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April is probably the nicest month of the year. It brings with it an end to the harsh summer heat; the leaves turning crimson and yellow and a certain coolness that brings with it the certainty of autumn and of course, to those of us that live in the Western Cape, the discreet promise of much needed rain.

Autumn is also probably the very best time of year to visit the Karoo and today we bring you the final chapter of one of the impressive, high altitude gravel passes in the Central Karoo that very few people have experienced. This one is well worth the detour and you don't need a 4x4 to complete it either.

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The Oukloof Pass follows a natural valley along a complex corridor of mountains and kloofs for over 9 km that winds it's way through the Nuweveld mountains to the north-west of Beaufort West and connects it with Fraserburg, over 100 km distant.

This pass provides a gravel alternative to the tarred Teekloof pass (which we featured two weeks ago) and provides the perfect excuse to visit Sutherland's sister town, Fraserburg, which often gets forgotten and lives in the shadow of the more famous town.

Fraserburg is equally as cold (if that's what you want) and the night skies are just as clear. It also has a corbelled house right in the town, which Sutherland doesn't and an exquistely constructed little stone church. The town is brim full of hospitality. Try a trip to Fraserburg this autumn, winter or spring and discover another Karoo town with real charm and character.

It started raining whilst we filmed this pass, which meant stopping frequently to wipe the lens clean. Apologies for the odd rain drop on the video clip!

OUKLOOF PASS (Click on the link to take you directly to the Oukloof Pass page)

Trygve Roberts

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