Katbakkies Pass is a high altitude traverse (with some very steep gradients) which connects the Koue Bokkeveld with the Ceres and Hantam Karoo. Together with it's sister pass the Peerboomskloof Pass (also known as the Skittery Pass) which is another pass with some fanciful theories on how it got its name, the two passes form one of the finest country drives in the Western Cape, offering lunar like landscapes, huge wide open spaces and the stark contrast of the Karoo plains with that of the green fruit orchards of the Koue Bokkeveld.
Both of these passes were tarred a few years ago, due to the steepness of the terrain, but the road remains narrow and without road markings. The lower section of Skittery Pass is popular with the birding fraternity.
If you're looking for a great day outing from Cape Town or surrounds, this route offers a festival of passes. You can plan your own route on our Master Map. We list most of them in the Ceres vicinity here for your convenience. All of them are tarred with the exception of Droelandskloof. Some sections between the passes are gravel, so make allowances for that if you have a car with low clearance.
01. Katbakkies Pass (We reveal the truth behind the name today!)
02. Peerboomskloof Pass.
03. Gydo Pass
04. Karoo Poort
05. Droelandskloof Pass
06. Bo-Swaarmoed Pass
07. Swaarmoed Pass
08. Theronsberg Pass
09. Michells Pass.
10. Hottentotskloof Pass
Next week we bring you a fabulous new discovery - a beautifully designed, modern gravel pass, which we are currently putting the finishing touches to. Stay tuned!
Tip of the week: Driving with your windows open substantially increases fuel consumption.