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Steepest gradient pass ranking

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South Africa's top 100 steepest passes - expressed in height : distance ratio  (eg 1:8). Note that these are AVERAGE gradients. Sections of each pass could be much steeper. For example Prince Alfred's Pass in the Western Cape is 68 km long and has an average gradient of 1:96, but it has certain sections as steep as 1:8. As a consequence of simple mathematics, the shorter passes present steeper average gradients than the longer passes. Statistics should always be read in context.

We have hyperlinked the Top 10 for your 'one click' convenience

  01  

Mpindweni Pass (EC)

  5.8
  02  

Mount Paul Pass (FS)

  6.9
  03  

Buffelshoek Pass (WC)

  7.6
  04  

Arangieskop Mountain Rd (WC)

  7.6
  05  

Sylvias Pass (GTG)

  8.6
  06  

Donkies Pass KZN)

  8.5
  07  

Tom Jenkins Drive (GTG)

  8.7
  08  

Rondevlei Pass (WC)

  8.8
  09  

Ben McDhui Pass (EC)

  8.9
  10  

Oudekloof Pass (WC)

  9.0

11   Matroosberg 4x4 WC 8,9
12   Donkey Pass FS 9,0
13   Tierberg Pass WC 9,1
14   Ongeluks Nek EC 9,3
15   Graskop Peak Conc Rd MPL 9,8
16   Platbank Pass WC 9,9
17   Elands Pass WC 9,9
18   Rammelkop Pass NC 9,9
19   Stewart Drive GTG 10,0
20   Dungu Pass EC 10,1
21   Domorogh Pass NC 10,1
22   Golden Highway Pass MPL 10,4
23   Sak se Pad Pass KZN 10,6
24   Kouberg Pass WC 10,8
25   Buwani Pass EC 10,8
26   Heights Rd Wilderness WC 10,8
27   Karelskraal Pass NC 10,9
28   Ganzvlei Pass WC 11,0
29   Hela Hela Pass KZN 11,0
30   Kloof Nek Road (M62) 11,1
31   Waboomsberg Pass WC 11,2
32   Brand se Berg Pass WC 11,2
33   Ouberg Pass (P2204) WC 11,3
34   Uitkyk Pass WC 11,5
35   Lenong Pass LPO 11,5
36   Jakkalskloof Pass WC 11,6
37   Piet Esterhuysen Pass WC 11,7
38   Kraaiberg Pass WC 11,8
39   Buffelshoek Pass EC 11,8
40   Hoek se Berg Pass WC 11,9
41   Kloof Road WC 11,9
42   Ngwele Road Pass KZN 12,0
43   Rogers Pass KZN 12,1
44   Peerboomskloof Pass WC 12,1
45   Versfeld Pass WC 12,3
46   Mariepskop Pass MPL 12,5
47   Ou Dooppoort Pass WC 12,5
48   Bontebok Pass WC 12,5
49   Kumanzimahle Pass EC 12,5
50   Ouberg Pass, Sutherland NC 12,7
51   Michels Pass EC 12,7
52   Komsberg Pass NC 12,8
53   Bosluiskkloof WC 12,9
54   Monantsa Pass FS 12,9
55   Khyber Pass KZN 13,0
56   Bothas Pass LPO 13,0
57   Hoekwil Pass WC 13,1
58   Kalmoesfontein Pass EC 13,1
59   Kalmoesfontein Pass EC 13,1
60   Katbakkies Pass WC 13,2
61   Taal Monument Pass WC 13,4
62   Vaalheuwel Pass NC 13,4
63   Fullershoek Pass EC 13,4
64   Mbotyi Pass EC 13,5
65   Draaihoek se Hoogte FS 13,5
66   Vanrooyshoogte Pass FS 13,5
67   Camdeboo Pass EC 13,5
68   Bakkers Pass LPO 13,5
69   Havemannshoogte KZN 13,6
70   Bezuidenhouts Pass KZN 13,7
71   Nardouskloof Pass WC 13,7
72   Grootvlei Pass NC 13,7
73   Hel se Pad Pass NC 13,8
74   Oudekloof/Roodezand WC 13,8
75   Barkers Nek Pass EC 13,9
76   Vanrhyns Pass NC 13,9
77   Knights Pass KZN 14,1
78   Moordenaarskloof Pass EC 14,1
79   Lenong Pass (Pilanesberg) 14,2
80   Mpate Mountain Pass KZN 14,3
81   Kraaibosberg Pass WC 14,3
82   Boesmanshoek Pass EC 14,3
83   KyLonyanga Pass EC 14,4
84   Gannaga NC 14,4
85   Koedoesberg Pass WC 14,4
86   Dasklip Pass WC 14,4
87   Suikerbossie, Hout Bay  14,4
88   Volunteershoek EC 14,5
89   Draaiklip Pass NC 14,6
90   Gifberg Pass WC 14,8
91   De Beers Pass KZN 14,9
92   Dalibango Pass EC 14,9
93   Bokspruit Pass EC 14,9
94   Otto du Plessis Pass EC 14,9
95   Burgers Pass WC 15,0
96   Holgat Pass EC 15,0
97   Bulhoek Pass EC 15,0
98   Rubidge Kloof Pass EC 15,1
99   Kowyns Pass 15,2
100   Fonteintjiesberg Pass WC 15,4

 

 

 LESOTHO:

1   Lancers Gap   11,73
2   Moteng Pass   17,08
3   Lekhalo La Molimo Nthuse   21,47
4   Lebelonyana Pass   23,26
5   Lekhalo La Baroa   24,43
6   Laitsoka Pass   24,87
7   Cheches Pass   26,1
8   Kotisephola Pass   30,02
9   Gates of Paradise Pass   30,83
10   Lekhalo La Thabo Putsoa   39,78
11   Khalo La Lithunya   48,72
12   Tsitas Nek   51,43
13   Tlaeeng Pass   68,57

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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