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Boesmanspoort (Prince Albert)

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This hidden poort is well off the beaten track yet not that far from main routes and towns. It's located along the east-west axis and approximately 5 km north of the R407 between Prince Albert and Klaarstroom. This is a typical farm road that carries very low traffic volumes, so you will enjoy a sense of isolation and tranquility.

As is the case with all gravel roads, be prepared for punctures, and expect corrugations (depending on when last rain fell or maintenance took place). Livestock on the road is also an ever present danger.

We have not physically driven this poort ourselves as yet, so our description and research is based on available resources and government maps. The possibility exists that you might encounter locked farm gates. Make sure you have sufficient fuel to backtrack.

This is a provisional video consisting entirely of Google earth 3D animations, designed to orienteer drivers with the salient features of the pass. This pass will be filmed in real time in the near future. Scroll down to view the map & video. It is recommended to watch this video in HD. (Click on the "quality" button on the lower taskbar of the video screen and select 720HD.) Wait a few seconds for the video to display.....

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 Digging into the details:

Getting there: To approach from the west (as we have produced it), turn north off the tarred R407 at the foot of the Kredouw Pass at GPS S33.278460 E22.251874 and drive along the gravel road for 4 km to arrive at a fork at GPS S33.253566 E22.246774 where you must take the option to the left. Continue for 1,1 km into the north to arrive at a second intersection at GPS S33.245228 E22.242058. Ignore the right hand option and keep left. Drive NW for 1,4 km to arrive at another fork at GPS S33.237131 E22.232420 where you must turn right. After 200m there is yet another fork. Turn right again and the road quickly drops down to cross a (usually dry) riverbed. This is the western start of the poort.

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To approach from the east, head out of Prince Albert in an easterly direction along Pastorie Street for 29 km till you arrive at an intersection with a gravel road intersecting from the right at GPS S33.161835 E22.234818. Turn right onto this road and drive east for 3 km to arrive at a 4 way intersection at GPS S33.161485 E22.627619. Turn right here and head south and later west for 10,2 km to arrive a fork at GPS S33.230244 E22.273510. Turn right and drive west for 300m where the road crosses a (usually) dry riverbed. This is the eastern start of Boesmanspoort.

Pass Description: The poort starts at its western end at the crossing of a dry riverbed at an altitude of 917m ASL and begins ascending at a gentle gradient of 1:35. The summit point of 955m is reached at the 1,4 km mark, where a wonderful vista opens up towards the east, where the road can be seen descending a long way ahead towards the bottom of the valley.

After cresting the summit, the descent begins immediately with gradients getting quite steep at 1:8. The descent continues until the 2,5 km point, where a flase low-point is reached. This is followed by a slight climb of 400m whereafter the rest of the descent continues, getting once again quite steep at 1:8. The road gradually levels off towards the end of the poort at the 3,9 km mark.

This whole valley and its access roads are remote and very quiet. This is a road truly less travelled. Don't be in a hurry and travel well prepared in terms of punctures, drinking water and if you're driving along, consider hiring a satphone.


Fact File:

GPS START

S33.235324 E22.233051

GPS SUMMIT

S33.231446 E22.246676

GPS END

S33.230417 E22.273159

AVE GRADIENT

1:35

MAX GRADIENT

1:8

ELEVATION START

917m

ELEVATION SUMMIT

955m

ELEVATION END

845m

HEIGHT GAIN/LOSS

110m

DISTANCE

3,9 km

DIRECTION - TRAVEL

East

TIME REQUIRED

6 minutes

SPEED LIMIT

60 kph

SURFACE

Gravel

DATE FILMED

08.12.2018

TEMPERATURE

32C

NEAREST TOWN

Prince Albert (37 km)


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