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Mountain Passes of South Africa

Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape

Free State

Free State

Gauteng

Gauteng

KwaZulu-Natal

KwaZulu-Natal

Limpopo

Limpopo

Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga

Northern Cape

Northern Cape

North West

North West

Western Cape

Western Cape

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* Cederberg (Part 2)

* Upcoming Tours

* South African History - Chapter 19

* Pass of the week

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 Cederberg Classic Tour (Part 2)

Eselbank to Wupperthal ~ The highlight of the first day was undoubtedly the Eselbank waterfall. The access road is normally from the northern side, which doesn't allow a full view of the falls, so we managed to find a longer, but very rewarding access road aproaching from the south. The plateau area is quite flat and the sudden appearance of the deep gorge, caught us all by surprise. The views of the waterfall and gorge are spectacular, so we spent a fair amount of time taking pics and enjoying the unseasonally warm spring weather.

It was time to continue our journey as we traversed the little village of Eselbank with its quaint old buildings, rickety fences and peaceful people - to cross the river via a wet (but not deep) causeway and up towards the Rooibos plantations, where the track is often subject to some soft sandy sections.

Soon we were at the summit of the Eselbank Pass. This very steep pass is also sometimes called the Kerskop Pass, presumably because some rock in the area looks like the top of a candle. For those doing the descent for the first time and especially passengers sitting on the left, the steep drops-offs and narrow width can be quite intimidating, but with most of the steep parts having been concreted, the traction is good and it can be driven in almost any passenger car - but carefully!

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