This pass is for the more adventurous traveller and just getting to the start requires some careful driving and accurate navigation. The pass follows the course of a small river which has carved itself a gorge through the mountains. The river is a tributary of the Kraai River - itself a tributary of the Orange River (Gariep). This is an isolated, remote place in a high altitude region of the Eastern Cape some 30 km west of Barkly East. The road passes the Heuningneskloof farmstead halfway through the kloof and ends close to an 'anvil bend' at the confluence with the Kraai River. The road ends a little further in a dead-end at the farm, 'Gowrie'.

Published in The Eastern Cape

The e-Roma pass is named in the Xhosa tongue, where many English words are prefixed by an "e". This steep gravel pass sweeps up the western ridge of a mountain just north of the small town of Cala and to the west of the Tsomo River valley. The pass is just under 5 km in length and climbs 267 vertical metres to summit at 1423m. Some of the gradients are quite steep at 1:7 and in rainy weather smaller cars might have some traction issues. Our video cover features an old composite photo of the elegant sandstone arches of the Xalanga bridge just outside Cala.

Published in The Eastern Cape

This short, but scenic poort offers lovely, mountainous Karoo scenery on a very easy gradient of 1:124 with no dangers at all. The drive along the poort includes three river crossings. It ends in the north at the third crossing of the Kraairivier. (Crows River). The little known poort lies on a farm road that parallels the R329 on its northern side  for many kilometers and gives access to the well known Timbila Game Reserve as well as two other poorts in the area - Medenpoort and the much bigger Kamferspoort.

Published in The Eastern Cape

The dramatic poort traverses a gap through the Grootrivierberge (Great River Mountains), which has been carved out by the Heuningkliprivier (Honey Stone River) which runs along the north/south axis, but via a convoluted path approximating the natural course of the river. It only climbs 58 vertical metres over 14km producing an easy average gradient of 1:241 - The beauty of this pass is its rugged, mountainous scenery.

Published in The Eastern Cape

This scenic 4,5km gravel pass has a classic ascent/descent profile, but as poorts go, this one also doesn't have much of an altitude gain at just 88m. The average gradient pans out at a very gentle 1:51, but there are a couple of sections with much steeper gradients. The pass meanders along the course of a tributary of the Grootrivier, which itself has a massive drainage area sourcing in the Great Karoo. The poort lies 30 km WNW of Steytlerville in the Eastern Cape. The attraction of this poort is its complete feeling of isolation in the heartlands of the Karoo.

Published in The Eastern Cape

This short, but scenic poort forms a natural access point across the lower mountain range which separates the Langkloof at the N9 with the farming area along the Kammanassie river valley and Mount Daskop. The poort is fairly straightforward and the only dangerous point is in the middle of the poort where the road crosses the Matjies River via 90 degree bend. The river allows the flora in the poort to flourish and the birdlife in this poort is known to be good. This poort does not appear on any maps as an official pass. We have named it solely for the purpose of indexing.

Published in The Western Cape

This interesting gravel pass traverses the Kammanassie river valley offering beautiful views and some fairly steep gradients. This is an unofficial pass and no name appears on any maps relative to this pass. The pass descends from 610m ASL at its western end and drops 165 vertical metres over a very short distance via several tight bends to cross the Kammassie River via  a low level bridge. The road forms a T-junction at the Daskop farmstead where the pass turns sharply to the right to summit Mount Daskop itself at 526m ASL.

Published in The Western Cape

An easy gravel pass traversing farmlands in the Little Karoo north of the Kammanassie River valley. The going is easy and the condition of the road is generally good. There are very few dangers on this pass, with the only exception being the crossing of the Leeublad farmstead at the end of the pass, where there are a couple of sharp corners and the presence of other vehicles, farming equipment, livestock and pedestrians. Treat the final kilometer with extra caution as the road passes within meters of the main farmhouse. A slow speed also keeps dust levels down for the farmer.

Published in The Western Cape

This fairly short poort routes through a clear gap in the mountains just north of Heroldt and forms a natural northerly extension to the historicial Montagu Pass on an easy traverse towards Oudtshoorn. This little poort seems to have been forgotten and completely dominated by the grandeur of the Montagu Pass, but a closer look at the Paardepoort (The Pass of Horses), reveals an old road, built in similar style to Bain's work of the late 1800's, which can be clearly seen on the opposite side of the poort with substantial retaining walls still adequately propping the old road up, above the river.

Published in The Western Cape

This gravel farm road traverses a small gap in the mountains known as Eseljagpoort (Donkey Hunt Ravine). It crosses the farm of the same name and runs along the NW/SE axis and connects the Langlkoof from the tarred N9 with Heimersrivier, Oudtshoorn and Dysselsdorp in the Little Karoo. It provides an interesting alternative to the main tarred roads. Whilst this poort is minor in every respect, it does provide a feeling of distinct isolation and unusual tranquility.

Published in The Western Cape
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