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Swartberg Pass

The Swartberg Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1,583 meters above sea level, located in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The pass is traversed by the R328 road. Climbing 1.000 metres in 12 kilometres, it's one of the steepest passes in the country.The road is gravel and sand but you don’t need a big 4x4 car to climb the pass.

Die Hel (otherwise known as Gamka's Kloof) is a valley locayed in the Swartberg Mountains in the Western Cape (South Africa). Nobody is sure where the 'Die Hel' name came from. One popular story is that a Piet Botha (an animal inspector) visited the valley in the 1940s and used a particularly difficult route known as the 'die leer' into the valley. He described the experience as "hell". The residents have never liked the name and prefer to referrer to themselves as 'Kloovers'.

 

Gravel road with a length of 9,3km located near Porterville, Western Cape, in South Africa. The road was built in 1977.

Sani Pass

Sani Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2,876m (9,400ft) above the sea level, located in the western end of Kwa Zulu-Natal province of South Africa on the road between Underberg and Mokhotlong, Lesotho. It is a route that connects Kwazulu-Natal and Lesotho. It is a notoriously dangerous road, which requires the use of a 4x4 vehicle. It’s a serie of winding twists, hairpins, plunging drops and mind-blowing scenery. 

 

Cala Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1,517m (4,977 ft) above the sea level, located in the Eastern Cape, province of South Africa.

Bainskloof Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 595 metres (1,952 ft) above the sea level, located in the Western Cape province of South Africa, on the Regional road R310 between Wellington and Ceres.

 

Penhoek Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1,844 m (6049 ft) above the sea level, located in the Stormberg Mountains of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

 

Swaershoek Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1,981 m (6,499 ft) above the sea level, located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.


Montagu Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 735m above the sea level, situated in the Western Cape province of South Africa, on the Regional road between Herold and George.

 

Lootsberg Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.781m (5,843ft) above the sea level, located in the Eastern Cape, province of South Africa.


Eselbank pass/Die Poort is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 973m above the sea level located in the Western Cape province of South Africa. This pass is located on the road between Cederberg Oasis and Wuppertal.

 

Barkly Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2,018m (6,620 ft) above the sea level, located in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Rooiberg Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 798m above the sea level, located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The road winds uphill to the beautiful Rooiberg Pass, in the Rooiberg Conservancy, a 60,000 hectare mountainous area in the Klein Karoo. Built in 1928 the Rooiberg Pass is a pretty little pass, which offers a pleasant detour from the Route 62 just after Calitzdorp.

 

Griffin's Hill Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1,590 m (5,217 ft) above the sea level, in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

 
Bosluiskloof Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.124m above the sea level, located in the Western Cape province of South Africa. This pass is located on the road between Laingsburg and the Gamkapoort Dam.

 
Carlisleshoek Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.563m (8,408ft) above the sea level, located in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, on the road between Rhodes and the Tiffindell Ski Resort. You don't need 4x4, but you do need controlled power, particularly where the cement strips zigzag their way up the most extreme section. It’s one of the highest mountain passes of South Africa.

Molteno Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1,209 m (3,967 ft) above the sea level, located in the Nuweveld Mountain Range, in Western Cape province of South Africa. It’s said to be South Africa's first mountain pass.

Naude's Neck Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2,587m (8,487 ft) above the sea level, located in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. This pass is not for sissies and even in full 4 WD the vehicles can be sliding around on the muddy surfaces. It’s one of the highest mountain passes of South Africa.

 

Ikhupe, (also known as Mkupe) Pass, is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1,469 m (4,820 ft) above the sea level, located in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

 

Hela Hela Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1,199 m (3,934 ft) above the sea level, located in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

Located on the southernmost tip of the African continent, South Africa is one of the most geographically varied countries of the continent. The mountain ranges of the country are some of the oldest and most beautiful in the world, and several of the highest peaks have snow in the Southern hemisphere winter season.

 

Katbakkies Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.198 m (3,930 ft) above the sea level, located deep in the Swartruggens Mountains, in Western Cape, South Africa.

 

Garcia's Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 548m (1,797ft) above the sea level, located North of Riversdale in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.

 

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