Rooihoogte Pass (R318)

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Mr. Burger's bluegum trees at the viewsite Mr. Burger's bluegum trees at the viewsite - Photo: Gerhard Marx

Over a distance of 7.6 km, the tarred Rooihoogte Pass loses/gains 370m of altitude, with a comfortable gradient of 1/20. The views out over the Koo Valley are refreshingly reminiscent of a patchwork in 'greens of fruit farms' -- a rejuvenating sight for the urban escapee! (Literally a stone's throw along the same road is Burgers Pass, formerly known as Koo Pass.) Both of these passes were designed by master road engineer, Thomas Bain in 1877. The Rooihoogte Pass was originally known as Thomson's Pass and together with the Koo pass, both received name changes in the 1940's. The pass was completed in 1877. This is reputed to be the pass with the highest summit altitude in the Western Cape.

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