This town once hosted a major railway junction in the 1940's but is now better known for its notorious drug-rehabilitation centre. We visited the town recently and could palpably feel the depression and sombre mood of this once prosperous Northern Cape town. Of course, we're talking about Noupoort. The town lies on the N9 major route between Port Elizabeth and the Reef, but amidst the decaying buildings and dying railway sheds at Midlandia, the dorp is very much influenced by the business activities of the Noupoort Christian Care Centre - a topic in its own right. But just to the south of Noupoort there is a lovely pass well worth driving.....
This well engineered pass connects the Karoo towns of Noupoort and Middelburg on the N9 route. With fairly easy gradients, the 7 km long traverse through stunning Karoo landscape is well worth the effort. The pass is named after the large mountain to the south of Noupoort, known as Carlton Hills.
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.