Christmas is almost upon us and each year we find something appropriate to gift to our readers. Today we have a bumper pre-Christmas edition featuring a double pass of great scenic value, featuring 3 videos with outstanding scenery.
With the annual influx of visitors from up-country to the coast, we thought it appropriate to feature a coastal pass this week. The Western Cape has by far, the largest number of mountain passes in South Africa and some spectacular passes close to the ocean. Perhaps the most famous is Chapman's Peak Drive, which must rank as the most frequently closed pass in South Africa, due to rain, rock-falls, accidents, fires, cycle tours, maintenance or suicides.
Although "Chappies" grabs most of the limelight, there is another big pass on the opposite side of the Cape Peninsula, spanning the entire eastern rim of False Bay, which can easily be overlooked by the short-stay visitor and it is this fabulous and magnificently restored road that we feature today.
It's a road of stunning coastal vistas, providing access to view sites, fishing spots, hiking trails, beaches, tidal pools, whale watching as well as access to several coastal towns such as Rooi Els, Pringle Bay, Betty's Bay, Kleinmond and Hermanus. Read on as we take you over this beautiful drive in a two part video series, exploring the history, nooks and crannies of this 'not to be missed' coastal drive. Driving the pass with knowledge, makes it so much more enjoyable.
Mountain Passes South Africa is a website dedicated to the research, documentation, photographing and filming of the mountain passes of South Africa.
Passes are classified according to provinces and feature a text description, Fact File including GPS data, a fully interactive dual-view map and a narrated YouTube video.
We are as passionate about maps as we are about mountain passes. A good map is a thing of beauty that can transport you into the mists of time or get your sense of adventure churning. It is a place to make discoveries about deserts and seas, mountains and lakes; of roads leading into places you have not been before; a place to pore over holiday destinations or weekend camping trips. A map is your window to the world.