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Latest News! 25th June, 2015

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Crystal clear air near the top of the pass Crystal clear air near the top of the pass - Photo: Wikimedia

We have officially passed the longest night/shortest day of the winter of 2015 and for those of you that enjoy cold weather, we have a wide range of fabulous passes to take you to those frosty destinations. From the icy sub-zero temperatures of the Ouberg pass near Sutherland, we take you far away into the mountainous interior of the Eastern Cape this week, where you can cyber drive one of the steepest publicly accessible passes that can be done in a normal car and try your hand at snow skiing or high altitude fresh water angling or just enjoy the amazing landscape.

We have recently revamped our video production on this incredible pass and updated some of the information, as well as added some new photos.

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After reading about the wonderful village of Rhodes (and let's hope certain political people dont get ideas about a name change) and watching the video and those very steep gradients, you can decide if this drive is for you or not. On the day of filming, an 1100cc Fiat Uno ascended the pass without too much difficulty, so there's hope for everyone!

We explore the little village of Rhodes - a much sought after winter destination which rated in Getaway Magazine's top 10 secret places in South Africa. From it's Scotttish settler history, to MTB races, hiking, climbing, fishing and snow skiing (we produced a short video on Tiffindell Ski Resort too) or simply putting your feet up in front of a big log fire, this is a destination worth going to, but you absolutely must book in advance. The village is a perfect springboard for exploring some of the finest mountain passes the Eastern Cape has to offer and they're all on our website! Just click the link below which will take you directly to the correct page.

CARLISLESHOEKSPRUIT PASS

Driving tip of the week: We have a one word mesage for you this week - Anticipate!


Trygve Roberts
Editor

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