Latest News! 12th May, 2016

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Rock formations at Truitjieskraal Rock formations at Truitjieskraal - Photo: Heribert Bechen

This week we remain in the Western Cape - the pass rich province where we currently have 252 passes to choose from (and there are still more to come!).

The Cederberg Wilderness is a huge tract of mountain wilderness some 175,000 hectares in extent and attracts adventure travellers on foot, MTB, adventure motorcycles and 4x4's. It's one of those places once visited, that creeps into your soul and never lets go, luring you back repeatedly. Within its limits, there are a range of good passes ranging from excellent tar surfaced passes like the Pakhuis all the way down to some gnarly 4x4 roads like the Eselbank Pass.

Today we feature one of these lesser known gravel passes in the heart of the southern Cederberg - and as a bonus you can get to drive it in a normal car.

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Regardless of whether this pass is approached from the north or the south, you are in for a treat of passes. From the south one can route from Ceres via the Gydo, Blinkberg and Grootrivierhoogte passes and the northern approach would typically route from the N7 over the Nieuwoudts, Uitkyk and Kromrivier passes.

Our featured pass this week is a slow gravel road - as in 20 kph - that provides a much safer, but slower route than the main road over the Matjiesrivier, which is often flooded and dangerous during the wet winter months. This road provides access to beautiful rock formations and some fine rock climbing routes, as well as traversing the well-known Cederberg Tourist Park or Kromrivier farm.

We dig into the 7th generation history of the Nieuwoudt family who still run the farm today. Come and cyber-drive it with us as we show just you the raw beauty of the Cederberg and how deep and dangerous the Matjiesrivier crossing can be.....


Upgraded videos added this week:
Vanrooyshoogte (R722) Free State
Vlaknek (S815) Free State)

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