Cross Provincial passes
There are several places in South Africa, where passes straddle provincial borders. This often leads to confusion as in which province to index these passes. As a general rule we will allocate a pass to the province in which the majority of the pass falls. A good example is Vanryn's Pass between Vanrynsdorp and Nieuwoudtville, where the pass lies both in the Western and Northern Cape, but the bulk of it falls in the Western Cape.
Another good example is the Bloukrans Pass which straddles the border of the Western and Eastern Cape. That one is more difficult as the border is approximately in the middle of the pass. In such a case we opt for what the majority of available resources opine. Our featured pass today is another good example of a cross-border pass which lies in both the Free State and KZN. It has great historical value, which we explore in some depth and bring you some of the facts of the decisive battle that was fought on this pass and just to make things more interesting, our video was filmed from a motorcycle, which gives motorists an opportunity to experience the sensation of riding a motorcycle down a bend peppered pass. See more lower down.....
GoPro HERO 6 Black Review
In our efforts to constantly bring you the very best quality video footage, we constantly upgrade our equipment. Our Cape Town filming team recently purchased the latest GoPro 6 Black action camera. Our previous unit was a GoPro HERO 3 Black, which proved to be a tough and reliable camera with which we filmed about 300 passes. The biggest problems we experience are camera shake, caused by rough roads, corrugations (our version of Prime Evil), and strong wind. See more lower down.....
Thirty two thousand people have visited our Extreme Passes page. Here you can access the passes sorted into different categories - Steepest, Highest, Longest, Biggest altitude gain and Most popular. In each of these categories we have sorted the Top 100 passes into the correct order. These pages are fascinating to explore and opens up new opportunities for those seeking out the best passes to drive. The Top 10 in each category are hyperlinked to facilitate an easy click through. More lower down.....
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.