Akkedisberg Pass, Stanford

Akkedisberg Pass Akkedisberg Pass Trygve Roberts

An easy drive along this tarred coastal pass on the R326 links the small farming town of Riviersonderend with the quaint coastal hamlet of Stanford and the coastal road to Hermanus. 


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Riviersonderend, lyrically translated as 'River Without End,' is a relatively young village, established in 1923 when Edith McIntyre sold her farm, Tierhoek ("Tiger Corner") to the Dutch Reformed Church, from whose fledgeling congregation the village was grown. The hiking trails walk one through the Overberg Signal Canon system, established in the 1700s to call up the local residents when war in the Cape threatened to break. The river offers excellent fishing, as well as swimming and canoeing.

Having left Riviersonderend behind you, the Akkedisberg Pass leads you on to the famous whale-spotting town of Stanford. The most oft spotted whale species is the Southern Right Whale. The month of May marks the beginning of the whale-spotting season when the whales arrive to mate and calve in the warmth of the shallower waters, with their numbers increasing all the way through to the peak-season of November. Other species of whales and dolphins include the Humpback Whale, Bryde's Whale and Killer Whale. Common, Bottlenose and Heavisides dolphins playfully patrol the coastline -- adding to the annual flood of tourists!


FACT FILE 

GPS START 

S33.402695 E19.616241

GPS SUMMIT

S33.408861 E19.579764

GPS END 

S33.411297 E19.561530

AVE GRADIENT

1:51

MAX GRADIENT

1:18

ELEVATION START

73m

ELEVATION SUMMIT

160m

ELEVATION END

51m

HEIGHT GAIN/LOSS

109m

DISTANCE

5,6km

DIRECTION - TRAVEL

South West

TIME REQUIRED

6 minutes

SPEED LIMIT

100 kph

SURFACE

Tar

DATE FILMED

23.05.2013

TEMPERATURE

17C

NEAREST TOWN

Hermanus (20km)

 


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