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Swartberg Pass

The Swartberg Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.583m (5,193ft) 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.

Rooiberg Pass

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.

Joubert's Pass

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. 

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

Bosluiskloof Pass

Bosluiskloof Pass is a 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.

De Beer's Pass

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. 

Die Hel

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'.

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, 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 roads of South Africa.

Misverstand Dam Road

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

Bainskloof Pass

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

Lootsberg Pass

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.

Prince Alfred's Pass

Prince Alfred's Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.038m above the sea level, located in the Western Cape, in South Africa. The road cuts through dense forest and climbs 700 metres in just 14 kilometres.

Cala Pass

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.

Montagu Pass

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.

Tradouw Pass

Tradouw Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 347m above the sea level, located between Barrydale and Swellendam, in Western Cape, South Africa.

Penhoek Pass

Penhoek Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.844m (6,049ft) above the sea level, located in the Stormberg Mountains of the Eastern Cape province 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.

Hela Hela Pass

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.

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.

Eselbank Pass

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.

Van Reenen's Pass

Van Reenen's Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.768m above the sea level, located in Kwa Zulu-Natal, in South Africa. This pass produces a fair portion of South Africas trucking accidents.

Barkly Pass

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.




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