Bosluiskloof Pass

Adventure along Bosluiskloof Pass

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. This pass is located on the road between Laingsburg and the Gamkapoort Dam.

The experience of using this road is very impressive. This is a scenic drive with breathtaking views and sights that are hard to forget. The route is about 25 kilometres long, and winds between the Swartberg and the Elandberg mountain ranges, defining the border between the Great and Klein Karoo. Built by Adam de Schmidt, an associate of Thomas Bain on many of his projects and indeed his brother-in-law, as a link between the Seweweekspoort and Prince Albert, the Bosluiskloof Pass has been left stranded by the development of the Gamkapoort Dam in 1968. Some parts of the road are unprotected by guardrails. The surface of the road is unpaved. After you’ve had your fill of the Seweweekspoort, which may entail one or two return trips through the Poort, you may want to take an hour or three and head towards the Gamkapoort Dam, where you will be entertained by the natural beauty of the Bosluiskloof pass. As you look down from the top, you will be spellbound by the blue silhouettes of mountain upon mountain. The Bosluiskloof Pass is named after the fossils of the bush tick (bosluis) found in the rock formations in the area. 


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