Latest News! 8th February, 2018

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Hyena with pups (one of the top 5 photos in our photo competition) Hyena with pups (one of the top 5 photos in our photo competition) - Photo: Niri Ramlucken

Swartberg Pass revamp

As you read this news release, the Cape Town film crew will be in the Garden Route area, filming a range of small passes, but more specifically we are going to refilm the Swartberg Pass. The videos currently on display for this pass date back to 2012 and much has happened since then, both from an MPSA technology perspective as well as to the road itself - especially the flood damage, so the time has come to obtain upgraded footage for the 2nd most popular pass page on the website with 68,000 views. This is probably our favourite South African gravel pass, so going to film it is pure pleasure!

We have recently also refilmed Meiringspoort, the Huisrivier Pass and the Pakhuis Pass, all of which will be republished with upgraded videos during February.

In the Media

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Photo Competition

The prize of a one year subscription to MPSA goes to Mr. James Bilsbury for this beautifully composed photo taken in the Karoo near the summit of the Nuwekloof Pass, Baviaanskloof. Of the top 5 photos selected, this one got the most votes from the public. James wins a one year subscription to MPSA. The next photo competition will be launched later this month. Thank you to each and every one of you that entered. There were some excellent photos and choosing the winner was a tough decision, which we finally left up to the public after selecting the top 5.

The photo of the Hyena with her pups by Niri Ramlucken, is featured at the top of this page and was one of the five runners up. Below are the other three pics which made up the Top 5.

Locust by Sarie du Plessis.

Pin cushion proteas at Grootwaterpoort by Paul Botha.

 Southbroom beach by Nobby Clarke.

Pass of the Week

From the blazing 45C temperatures in the Northern Cape, we head far south into the very heart of the Baviaanskloof this week to drive the amazing Grasnek Pass. We recently refilmed this long gravel pass, which is questionably the best of the 8 passes in the Baviaanskloof offering some technical driving via its 83 bends, corners and curves. We filmed this 8,3 km long pass over a 4 piece video set in 1080HD with the new GoPro6 stabilised camera and we have hosted it on the Vimeo platform for maximum quality and enjoyment.

If you've never driven the Baviaanskloof, this video set will help you make the decision!


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New passes added this week:

Leeukloof Pass (P1786) - a very short, but stunning drive through a narrow kloof near Willowmore

Venterspoort (R48) - a gentle and easy drive on the tarred R48 near Phillipstown

Neuspoort (N14) - an easy tarred pass near Kakamas near the Augrabies Falls


Upgraded videos added this week:

Medenpoort (P1865) - an attractive drive on a gravel road to the west of Steytlerville

Sani Pass (Part 1 & 2) - An edited and renarrated double video set using our 2013 footage.

Trygve Roberts

Thought for the Day: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”  ~ Eleanor Roosevelt 

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