Swartberg Pass

Swartberg Pass, switchbacks and breathtaking views at every turn

Swartberg Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.574m (5,164ft) above sea level, located in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Eselbank Pass

Eselbank Pass: 4x4 vehicles only

Eselbank Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 978m (3,208ft) above the sea level located in the Western Cape province of South Africa. This route is not recommended for normal cars.

Lootsberg Pass

Lootsberg Pass, the highest road in the Karoo

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.

Sani Pass

Sani Pass: a hairy drive to the roof of Africa

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 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. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.

Rooiberg Pass

A memorable road trip to Rooiberg Pass in SA

Rooiberg Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 798m (2.618ft) above the sea level, located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.

Hela Hela Pass

Hela Hela Pass, a steep unpaved road in South Africa

Hela Hela Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.199m (3,934ft) above the sea level, located in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

Die Hel

Driving Die Hel, South Africa's Road To Hell

Die Hel (otherwise known as Gamka's Kloof and Gamkaskloof) is a valley located in the Western Cape Province, on the south-western coast of 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'.

Naude's Neck Pass

Naude's Neck Pass is a challenging road in South Africa

Naude's Neck Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.592m (8,503ft) above the sea level, located in the Eastern Cape province of 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 roads of South Africa.

Joubert's Pass

Joubert's Pass: Top 20 list of South African gravel road passes

Joubert's Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.234m (7,329ft) above the sea level, located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. 

Chapman’s Peak Drive

Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the world's most spectacular coastal drives

Situated on the Atlantic Coast, Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world. Running from Noordhoek to Hout Bay, the twisting 9km drive has 114 curves and gives you spectacular 180° views of the Atlantic coastline.  

Tradouw Pass

A scenic paved road to Tradouw Pass in South Africa

Tradouw Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 352m (1,154ft) above the sea level, located in the Western Cape Province in South Africa. It is truly one of those mountain passes that you must drive.

Barkly Pass

Barkly Pass, a sensational drive in South Africa

Barkly Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.018m (6,620ft) above the sea level, located in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Bainskloof Pass

Bainskloof Pass is a drive worth taking

Bainskloof Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 597m (1,958ft) above the sea level, located in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It’s said to be one of South Africa’s finest scenic passes.

Bosluiskloof Pass

Adventure along Bosluiskloof Pass in SA

Bosluiskloof Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.124m (3,687ft) above the sea level, located in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Outeniqua Pass

Outeniqua Pass, spectacular views changing at every corner

Outeniqua Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 800m (2,600ft) above the sea level, located in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Montagu Pass

A journey on the legendary Montagu Pass

Montagu Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 741m (2,431ft) above the sea level, situated in the Western Cape province of South Africa, on the Regional road between Herold and George.

Van Reenen's Pass

Driving the paved Van Reenen's Pass in South Africa

Van Reenen's Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.777m (5,830ft) above the sea level, located in the northeastern part of South Africa. This pass produces a fair portion of South Africa’s trucking accidents.

Volunteershoek Pass

Dare to drive the Volunteershoek Pass

Volunteershoek Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.567m (8421 ft) above the sea level, sea level, located in Eastern Cape, South Africa. This is strictly a 4x4 only route. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.

Highest roads of South Africa

Highest roads 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.

Carlisleshoek Pass

A fairly extreme road for experienced drivers to Carlisleshoek Pass

Carlisleshoek Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.563m (8,408ft) above the sea level, located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. 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 roads of South Africa.

Cala Pass

Cala Pass, a sensational road in Eastern Cape

Cala Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.517m (4,977ft) above the sea level, located in the Eastern Cape, province of South Africa.

Prince Alfred's Pass

Travel guide to the top of Prince Alfred's Pass in SA

Prince Alfred's Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.040m (3,412ft) above the sea level, located in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The road cuts through dense forest and climbs 700 metres in just 14 kilometres. Avoid the route when it's raining.

De Beer's Pass

De Beer's Pass, one of the most dangerous roads in South Africa

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. 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. 

Misverstand Dam Road

The unpaved road to Misverstand Dam

Misverstand Dam is a combined gravity & arch type dam located near Porterville, Western Cape, in South Africa. It’s a perfect place for any water enthusiast.

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