De Beer's Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.722m (5,649ft) above the sea level, located in the Kwa Zulu-Natal province of South Africa. It’s one of the highest mountain passes of the country. This is considered to be one of the most dangerous roads in South Africa, and has been the site of a number of fatal accidents.
The road over the pass is asphalted. It’s called S61 and links Ladysmith and Harrismith in the neighbouring Free State province. This is an exquisite winding mountain drive with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveler over the mountains. The road is tarred and extremely well-engineered, but some very sharp curves and deceptively hidden corners, as well as weather conditions, have all taken their toll.
This road is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. Conditions can change quickly and be harsh. Road closures can be frequent, so check conditions before traveling to this area. In good weather can be driven in any vehicle.
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