Penhoek Pass

If you love to drive, you will love the Penhoek Pass road

Penhoek Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.852m (6,076ft) above the sea level, located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

Located in the Stormberg Mountains, the road to the summit is paved. It’s called N6. It’s 92.5 km long running north-south from Jamestown, a town o in the Joe Gqabi District Municipality towards Lesseyton, a town in Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality, 14 km northwest of Queenstown. The present road was built in 1952 with it's perfectly banked corners, deep cuttings and easy gradients.

The road is steep, with a maximum gradient of 1:10. The road is often closed in winter when snowfalls hit the area. Conditions can change quickly and be harsh. Road closures can be frequent, so check conditions before traveling to this area. The pass has a ferocious reputation for producing violent weather. In summer you can expect savage electrical storms with frequent large hailstones and in winter, deep snowfalls and freezing temperatures are the norm.

 

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