Burgers Pass, Montagu

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Originally known as the Koo Pass (serving the fruit-growing region known as the Koo Valley, it was renamed after a locoal town councillor from Montagu. 'KOO' products have stocked the cupboards of over 80 years' worth of South African families! 
 

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The pass was officially re-christened 'Burgers Pass' in 1957 in honour of the indefatigable Mr Burger and his fervent passion to create a road link between Montagu and the N1. Mr Burger, however, had a secondary passion which - had he been alive today - would no doubtedly have made him cringe with eco-impropriety: his love of bluegum trees (the water-hungry tree from Australia, and considered an incorrigible alien in South Africa, capable of growing in the harshest of climates.)

With a number of excellent hikes plotted through its 2000 hectares, the Montagu Mountain Reserve also attracts rock-climbers with over 200 bolted routes which trace the unique topography that can only be described as awe-strikingly spectacular!

For birdwatchers, the Leiwater Dam offers the unique experience of an 'urban' birding site where 18 species of birds are bred - such as Shrikes, Egrets, Weavers and Sacred Ibis. Local birding experts have recorded an additional 52 species of bird visitors to this special avian sanctuary which is a caring community initiative. The dam, with its new hide, is situated on the corner of Bath Street and Barry Street - providing convenient access for even the most walking-wary of birdwatchers!

At the time of writing, the road surface was in a reasonable condition but under repair. Lying just further west along the same road is the Rooihoogte Pass.




FACT FILE

GPS START 

S33.692840 E19.934007

GPS SUMMIT

S33.692878 E19.895652

GPS END 

S33.692878 E19.895652

AVE GRADIENT

1:15

MAX GRADIENT

1:8

ELEVATION START

523m

ELEVATION SUMMIT

857m

ELEVATION END

857m

HEIGHT GAIN/LOSS

334m

DISTANCE

5.0km

DIRECTION - TRAVEL

West (Ascending)

TIME REQUIRED

10 minutes

SPEED LIMIT

60 - 80 kph

SURFACE

Tar

DATE FILMED

14.10.2012

TEMPERATURE

17C

NEAREST TOWN

Montagu (20km)

 


 

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