Baster Voetslaan Pass

An epic enthralling road to Baster Voetslaan Pass

Baster Voetslaan Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.240m (7,349ft) above the sea level, located in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Avoid the pass entirely when it is wet, as conditions get slippery at best.

Nestled in the Eastern Cape Highlands, the road to the summit, also known as Baster Voetpad, Bastervoetpad Pass and Dr. Lapa Munnik Pass, is totally unpaved. The drive is not for the sissies as it winds its way through some spectacular mountainous terrain.

To complete the drive you’ll need a proper 4x4 vehicle with low range and high ground clearance. Under no circumstances should you attempt to drive this pass in a conventional vehicle. This pass is not for the faint hearted. It is a true adventurer’s pass with some vertigo inducing drop-offs and very rough sections.

The pass road is 35.3 km (21.93 miles) long, running west-east from R393 road to R56 road. The area is really remote. In the winter months this pass is frequently closed under heavy snowfalls, when it can become treacherous. In bad weather it’s subject to electrical storms, violent winds, heavy rain, hail and snow. There are some very steep and slippery sections at a gradient of 1:4.
Pic: Willem Schoeman

 

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