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.
Can you drive to Bosluiskloof Pass in SA?
Set high between the Swartberg and the Elandberg mountain ranges, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s a challenging drive with more than 60 curves and steep parts with unguarded drop-offs. Extra caution is required. A 4x4 vehicle is required.
How long is Bosluiskloof Pass in SA?
The pass is 23.9 km (14.85 miles) long, running west-east from Seven Weeks Poort to Gamkapoort Dam. The dam is pretty deserted. Ideal time to travel is daylight. Not advised night drive. This is a scenic drive with breathtaking views.
When was the Bosluiskloof Pass in SA built?
The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 20% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. The pass was built in 1862 by Adam de Schmidt, an associate of Thomas Bain on many of his projects and indeed his brother-in-law. It’s named after the fossils of the bush tick (bosluis) found in the rock formations in the area.
Pic: Dunlop Uncharted