Kleinrivier Kloof Pass

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Village Square, Stanford Village Square, Stanford - Photo: Standford Accommodation

This fairly easy gravel pass is of moderate length at 5,4 km and displays an altitude variance of 180m. It has 11 bends, corners and curves of which 3 exceed 90 degrees. The pass connects the tarred main road (the R326) in the north in the vicinity of the western side of the Akkedisberg Pass with the main gravel road running along the east-west axis from Stanford to Sandy's Glen Pass.

The road is generally well maintained and is suitable for all vehicles, but like all gravel roads it is subject to damage when it rains hard. The pass makes for a scenic and easy drive offering mountain views and rolling hills mainly covered in wheat and canola as well as some cattle farms. There are a number of excellent guest farms in the immediate area. The other passes close by include Flouhoogte, Akkedisberg, Sandy's Glen and Groenkloof passes.

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 Digging into the details:

Getting there: To approach from the north, hop onto the tarred R326 between Stanford and Riversonderend. From Stanford take the turn-off to the right 10,5 km after Stanford at GPS S34.411502 E19.561343. This is the northern starting point and foot of the pass.

To approach from the south head north-east out of Stanford for 4,4 km and turn right at GPS S34.431287 E19.503503. Now follow this gravel road over Flouhoogte Pass to arrive at the southern start after 7,2 km at GPS S34.449182 E19.567091.

Beautiful  guest farmsStanford Valley Guest Farm near the northern start / Photo: Daniel Njovu

Pass Description: Starting in the north the road swings through a gentle bend to the right into the south-west and begins ascending at an easy gradient of 1:20. The first farm, Good Hope, is passed on the right. A sharp left hand bend of 90 degrees appears at the 1,1 km mark, which requires a reduction in speed, Watch out for loose gravel on this corner.

The road continues climbing at a slightly steeper gradient of 1:11 in a south-easterly direction and reaches an 80 degree right hand corner at the 1,9 km point. A second farm, Lucerne, is traversed at this point. Immediately after this bend, the gradients ease off a lot to 1:16 as the road begins a longer section of easy driving via a soft S-curve, but at the 3,2 km mark there is a major change in direction as big U-bend appears.

Whilst this bend curls through almost 150 degrees, the tightness of the bend is easy, so almost no change in speed is necessary. The views along this section are particularly attractive. At the 3,7 km point, there is another much sharper right hand bend of 80 degrees. This is very close to the true summit and from this point, the road levels off to the point that it feels completely level, but is in reality still ascending slightly. Sligghtly lower down on the right are the last two farms, Eikehof and Flouhoogte, as well as the Haes farm..

There's one more gentle left hand bend as the road begins descending slightly where it ends at the 5,4 km mark at the junction with the bigger gravel road that connects with the Sandy's Glen area.


Fact File:


S34.411502 E19.561343


S34.440209 E19.565679


S34.449182 E19.567091














5,4 km




8 minutes


60 kph








Standford (12 km)

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