This week we remain in the Western Cape - the pass rich province where we currently have 252 passes to choose from (and there are still more to come!).
The Cederberg Wilderness is a huge tract of mountain wilderness some 175,000 hectares in extent and attracts adventure travellers on foot, MTB, adventure motorcycles and 4x4's. It's one of those places once visited, that creeps into your soul and never lets go, luring you back repeatedly. Within its limits, there are a range of good passes ranging from excellent tar surfaced passes like the Pakhuis all the way down to some gnarly 4x4 roads like the Eselbank Pass.
Today we feature one of these lesser known gravel passes in the heart of the southern Cederberg - and as a bonus you can get to drive it in a normal car.
[To access the pass link, expand this page by clicking on the title, the photo or the green READ MORE button]
The Kromrivier Pass is a short, steep pass incorporating 15 bends, corners and curves - two of which are in excess of 100 degrees. The pass connects the Cederberg Tourist Park or more originally, the Kromrivier farm with the main gravel road between Clanwilliam and Ceres in the Southern Cederberg. It also forms part of an escape route via the Truitjieskraal Road, when the main road via Matjiesrivier is in flood
The road is single width for some of its length, which makes overtaking impossible and oncoming traffic a problem. Should this happen, one of the vehicles will need to reverse back to a wider, safer place to allow the other vehicle to pass. Etiquette is that the ascending vehicle has right of way, but this is sometimes neither practical or safe. Use common sense and be courteous. The road can get quite busy on long weekends, but is otherwise very quiet.
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.