On the radio, newspapers and television its all about xenophobia and load shedding, but here we offer a ray of Karoo sunshine and an opportunity to discover some well hidden gems - in the form of beautiful mountain passes. Come and escape with us for a few minutes.
We are currently working on KZN and will have added 55 new passes to that province by the end of May, which will bring KZN's total up to the 80 mark. Our readers just keep submitting more and more, but there is light at the end of the tunnel and we are anticipating that the site will be complete before the end of 2015. This week our YouTube account clicked over past the 700 video mark!
In the pipeline over the next few weeks/months?
1. A whole new interface which will make the website more mobile friendly.
2. An online shop where you can buy some nice new kit sporting our logo in natural neutral colours.
3. Book a tour - A brand new venture where we will begin offering self-drive guided tours in the Western Cape. This will be promoted on our FaceBook page.
4. A full downloadable list of all the passes, province by province with accurate GPS co-ordinates, on a downloadable spreadsheet. This will be offerred at a small fee.
Today we feature a lovely (and little known) tarred pass north of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape, which is named after a pioneering family from 1838.
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The Rubidge Kloof Pass was named after the Rubidge family who farm near the foot of the pass. They've been doing that rather well since the mid 1800's. The farm Wellwood is still being run by the 5th generation of Rubidges. Once you've enjoyed the smooth tarred corners and scenery on the pass, you can carry on to Nieu-Bethesda - a quirky little town packed with artists and writers who enjoy the inspiring isolation of this quiet Karoo dorp.
And if you head this way in winter, who knows you might be caught in a snow storm as this pass summits at 1535m ASL!
Cyber drive it here: RUBIDGE KLOOF PASS
Tip of the week: Dark coloured cars are up to 10 times less visible than light coloured cars. If you own a dark vehicle, drive with your lights on - Always!