Moodies Pass is not known by many and taken for granted by those who use it on a daily basis. It is situated on the gravel road designated as the R322, and connects the Moravian settlement of Suurbraak to the West with Heidelberg to the East. It primarily serves the farming community and those adventure and nature lovers wanting to access the Boosmansbos Wilderness area and Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve. The pass is on the short side at 3,34 km but it rises a substantial 185m vertical meters over that distance to produce an average gradient of 1:18 with the steeper sections being at 1:6.Read more...
This well maintained gravel road pass lies on the northern side of the Swartberg Mountains close to the Seweweeks Poort. It connects the Seweweeks Poort area and farms eastwards and up to the Gamkapoort Dam with Laingsburg. The 5,32km pass is subject to winter snowfalls with a summit altitude of 1202m ASL. Two waterfalls on the Swartberg side of the pass makes this a great detour off the usual R62 route.
This is one of four Langkloof Passes in South Africa. There are two in the Western Cape (Montagu and Kareedouw) and two in the Northern Cape. This Langkloof lies approximately 7km North West of the town of Olifantshoek (Elephants Corner) in the Langberg Mountains. Olifantshoek itself is a few kilometers south west of Sishen. The road connects with several other minor gravel roads in the Kalahari, eventually terminating near Van Zyls Rus - 170km to the North on the SA/Botswana border.
The Komsberg Pass is located approximately 40 km to the South-West of Sutherland. It is a gravel road and gets very steep in places. It has a maximum gradient of 1:3,8 (or 14.74 degrees. In wet weather (a rare occurrence) this pass will need to be driven in a 4WD vehicle.Read more...
This poort primarily serves the local farming community to the south of Calvinia in the Northern Cape's Tankwa Karoo. It is a rough gravel road that runs on the North-West/South east axis through the Keiskie Mountains. The poort is named after the mountain range through which it traverses as well as the Keiskie farm, which lies to the South east of the poort. It connects the central sheep farming town of Calvinia with Middelpos - a minute hamlet of some 6 buildings including a post office and an hotel - 60 km to the South East.Read more...
The Keiskamaspoort Pass is located on the tarred N10 route 25 km to the South East of Prieska - a small farming town on the banks of the Orange River. The road connects Prieska with Britstown - some 125km further to the SE. The dry and barren landscape of the Northern Cape holds a million charms to those in the know.Read more...
This tarred, arrow straight road is located on the R384 approximately 18 km North East of Carnarvon. The road connects Carnarvon with De Aar, 200 km to the East. The pass is nothing more than a single cutting through the hillside and only rises 41 meters over 1,35 km producing a very gentle average gradient of 1:32. If you didn't know better, you would never guess this to be an official mountain pass.
Charles' Pass is a 2.8 km rough gravel pass that connects the missionary town of Pella with the Orange River a few kilometers further North. These are rough roads in a semi-desert environment and a high clearance SUV or 'bakkie' would be the better transport option in these parts. This part of the Northern Cape appears to be burned black by the sun. There is very little vegetation and for the most part it is a desert or semi-desert region. The Orange River provides a vital resource to survival with some of the finest grapes and dates coming from this area.Read more...
Burke's Pass is a good quality, tarred road on the N7 highway about 24 km South West of the Northern Cape town of Springbok. The pass is 4,89 km long and rises 184 vertical meters from 517m ASL onthe southern side to summit at 701m. It falls within the Namaqualand region and is ablaze with the most wondrous wild flower displays in springtime (August and September).Read more...
Ceres has an abundance of passes connecting it with the outside world. One of the oldest of the four is the Theronsberg Pass which was one of the original wagon routes to the Karoo via the Hottentotkloof and Karoopoort. The Pass connects Ceres with the R355 to Calvinia and Sutherland as well as linking up with the N1 highway just north of the Hexrivier Pass.Read more...
The Bloupoort Pass lies on the east-west axis through a natural poort just beyond the Vaalpunt Mountain, some 30km due East of Sutherland in the Northern Cape. The pass is very short at only 1.16 km and presents no dangers other than the usual wet weather cautionary - but this is the Great Karoo and rains seldom fall here. The average gradient is a gentle 1:34
The Blounek Pass runs through a very gentle curve on the tarred R63 between Williston and Carnarvon between a series of slightly raised 'koppies'. It holds no apparent dangers and only gains 36 meters of altitude over 3,91 km, giving an average gradient of 1:49, with the steepest parts being at 1:12,5. The best feature of this little pass is that it is just 10 km West of Carnarvon - a Karoo sheep farming town which sees soaring summer temperatures above 40C and where the lure of ice cold drinks is bound to find favour with thirsty travellers.Read more...
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Published in Gauteng
This rough, gravel road pass runs through a cleft on the East/West axis through the Langberg Mountains in a remote part of the arid Northern Cape. The Bergenaarspad Pass is named after the farm of the same name which lies just to the East of the Langberg mountain range . Roughly translated it means 'The road of the mountain people'Read more...
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