Pass of the Week
This week we put our focus on the magnificent Baviaanskloof and more specifically on one of it's two major poorts. The name Studtis goes far back into the kloof's history - all the way to 1817. Genealogy searches reveal the name to originate from the 1820 Settlers, which we assume were mostly British, but further research indicates the name to be spelt without the 's' on the end - 'Studti' and the added 's' was no doubt with an apostrophe - hence Studti's Poort, which switches the origin to German and somewhere along the line, the apostrophe was dropped, with grammar not being the main life focus in the Baviaanskloof!
One of the first farms to be registered in the western Baviaanskloof was Kamerkloof in 1817. Farmers reached the kloof by means of a handmade ‘ossewa’ trail from the western side of the kloof. Between 1880 and 1890 Thomas Bain built the Nuwekloof Pass giving entry to this unique valley. The farm played host to the first police station in the Baviaanskloof and today the original goal and the old tobacco drying shed can still be visited at Kamerkloof. More lower down...
January Photographic Competition
Entries are streaming in for our new photo contest. Submit your best (only 1 please) photo to us and stand a chance to win a 1 year subscription to MPSA.
The rules are simple. The subject matter must be South African. Only original photos will be considered and must be taken by yourself or a family member. Photos should be submitted in their original size and can be B&W or colour. Add a short explanation of where the photo was taken so we can caption it.
Mountain Passes South Africa is a website dedicated to the research, documentation, photographing and filming of the mountain passes of South Africa.
Passes are classified according to provinces and feature a text description, Fact File including GPS data, a fully interactive dual-view map and a narrated YouTube video.
We are as passionate about maps as we are about mountain passes. A good map is a thing of beauty that can transport you into the mists of time or get your sense of adventure churning. It is a place to make discoveries about deserts and seas, mountains and lakes; of roads leading into places you have not been before; a place to pore over holiday destinations or weekend camping trips. A map is your window to the world.