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On our most recent filming expedition, we uncovered a brace of small passes and poorts to the south of the Anysberg Nature Reserve on an interesting gravel road (the P294), definitely less travelled, between Montagu and Laingsburg that includes no less than 7 passes! Game fences decorate both sides of the road for most of its distance, not least of which is the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Game spotting is easy! This road is a guaranteed cure for city blues as it winds up the escarpment from Montagu via the Ouberg Pass, then heads east for 50 km over vast tracts of mountainous Karooscape which offers a varied and fascinating journey, arriving at the first of several passes, before winding up over the Rooinek Pass on the R323 to Laingsburg.
Our featured pass this week is.......
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This is an unofficial pass and it's unusual in that it starts at a high plateau, then descends down to a river valley, and rises up again on the far side. The pass is just under 9 km long and follows the course of the Touwsrivier for most of that distance, providing interesting scenery over a fairly easy drive which can be driven in most vehicles.
Take a relaxing day trip into the pristine Karoo and discover the South Africa few people know about.
Tip of the week: Driving with your headlights on during the day greatly improves your visibility to other drivers