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Latest News! 26th November, 2015

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Twin loco's pulling a passenger train Twin loco's pulling a passenger train - Photo: Panoramio

We were approached by the Argus newspaper earlier this week. They wanted the story behind the website and MPSA was featured on page 3 of yesterdays edition of the newspaper, showing the path this website has followed over the past four years and its metamorphosis into a top quality travel website for all to enjoy.

Our featured pass this week takes us into the lush, green world of the Garden Route, where we introduce you to one of South Africa's most beautiful passes on a national road, but it is statistically also one of the most dangerous passes with regular trucking and bus accidents. We show you how modern engineering methods have been used to tame the heavy rain storms and control the traffic.

[To access the pass page link, expand this page by clicking the photo, the title or the green READ MORE button]

Lying midway between George and Knysna is the Kaaimans River Pass. It is fabulously interesting and over a short distance traverses two ravines, three sharp bends in excess of 100 degrees, one horseshoe bend, two bridges - one of them curved, long sections of cantilevered roadway, offers three world-class view sites, provides access to a dark and mysterious waterfall, offers views of dense indigenous forests growing on steep mountains; modern engineering, paragliding, canoeing, walking, swimming, whale watching, views of the famous rail bridge and tunnel and finally, this banquet of experiential eye candy is topped off with  jaw dropping views of Wilderness beach from Dolphin Point. In short, it's a hands-down winner!

It is certainly amongst our Top 20 passes in South Africa and probably the best on any national route as can be attested by the almost 6000 page views it has had already.

In our feature today, we not only offer you a recently filmed video of the pass itself, but we have produced other clips featuring the Kaaimans River estuary; paragliding at Dolphin Point; a canoeing and hiking excursion up the nearby Touw River and a visit to an 800 year old 33m high yellowwood tree.

Come and discover the real South Africa with us by clicking on the link below:

KAAIMANS RIVER PASS


Trygve Roberts
Editor

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