De Beer's Pass

De Beer's Pass, one of the most dangerous roads in South Africa

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. 

The road to the summit, also known as Debeerspas, is paved. It’s called S61 and runs from Ladysmith towards Harrismith in the neighbouring Free State province. Ideal time to travel is daylight. Not adviced night drive. The road is tarred and extremely well-engineered, but some very sharp curves and deceptively hidden corners, as well as weather conditions, have all taken their toll.

Adverse weather conditions are common. Along the way you will be rewarded with wonderful scenery. Unlikely to see another vehicle over the entire route. Road closures can be frequent, so check conditions before traveling to this area. In good weather can be driven in any vehicle. The pass was named after Herman de Beer, who owned a farm at the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment in 1870.


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