Van Reenen's Pass is statistically South Africa's most dangerous pass. This is not because it is badly designed, but rather a combination of heavy traffic, slow heavy trucks, unroadworthy vehicles, driver error, ignorance, speeding, impatient drivers, ignoring barrier lines and road signs and of course inclement weather which includes frequent mountain mists, heavy rain, hail and snow.
Despite all the dangers, it is a beautiful, long pass with stunning views and perfectly banked corners and quite reasonable gradients. We recommend taking the turn-off to the village of Van Reenen, where the Llandaff Orotary can be visited, which was built by a grieving father for his son who perished in a mining accident.
The Green Lantern Inn dates back to 1892 and here, with a warm fire crackling in the hearth, one can learn about the amazing history of the pass and the extraordinary snippets of history relating to soldiers, miners, farmers, hunters and workers who passed by this inn to eat, drink and rest. Take the link below and read the full story and enjoy the video shot in the descending mode on a perfect blue sky autumn day by Mike Leicester.
***** VAN REENEN'S PASS *****
New passes added this week:
Wolf River Pass - Eastern Cape
Upgraded videos added this week:
Red Hill Pass (R352) Eastern Cape
Thought for the day: "It always seems impossible, until it's done" - Nelson Mandela.