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.

Tucked away within the Rooiberg Nature Reserve, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. Although passable in a normal car, a high clearance vehicle is recommended. The pass is 52.2 km (32.43 miles) long, running from Vanwyksdorp to Calitzdorp. Built in 1928, the road features dozens of turns and many other bends with a turning radius in excess of 90 degrees. Some of the hairpin bends and drops are really exhilarating.

Set high in the Rooiberg Mountain, the road is steep, hitting an 11% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. The pass meanders through beautiful ravines and over rocky slopes. It’s a lonely drive with wonderful views. There are stunning views of the valley to the east, towards Oudtshoorn, bounded by magnificent mountains and north and south. 
Pic: Brent Coetzee

 

 

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