The first pass over the Outeniqua mountains was the Montagu Pass, but the growing coastal port of Mossel Bay had residents that soon became quite demanding about the long detour they had to travel to get to Oudtshoorn, which was in those days a very busy, booming town with the ostrich feather industry in full swing.
The old Attequas pass was still the main access road from the coast into the Karoo, and a smaller more tortuous track known as the Ruitersbos Pass covered a segment of the lower reaches of the mountain slopes.
The roads authorities prevailed on Thomas Bain, who had recently completed the magnificent Prince Alfred's Pass north of Knysna, to cast his experienced eye over the rugged terrain. Bain made use of both the old roads mentioned above, plus some new sections, to build the first proper version of what was to become the Robinson Pass which connects Mossel Bay with Oudtshoorn.
Over the years it has been rebuilt and realigned to better lines to form the beautiful and comfortable pass we drive on today. If you have never driven this pass, watch the video and convince yourself to discover or rediscover, one of the Southern Cape's finest mountain passes.
ROBINSON PASS (R328)
New passes added in the past 7 days:
1. Brakpoort Pass (R328)
2. Lawsons Pass (4x4 Only)
Upgraded videos added in the past 7 days:
1. Hexrivier Pass (N1)
2. Rooihoogte Pass (R318)
3. Burgers Pass (R318)
4. Hexrivier Poort (N1)
5. Rooinek Pass (R34)
6. Schuinshoogte Pass (P279)
7. Tierkloof Pass (N11)
8. Verkyknek Pass (N11)
9. Waterfall Hill (P39)
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