Van Reenen's Pass

Van Reenen's Pass

Van Reenen's Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.768m (5,800ft) above the sea level, located in Kwa Zulu-Natal, in South Africa. This pass produces a fair portion of South Africas trucking accidents.

The road over the pass is asphalted. It’s called N3 and links Durban and Johannesburg. When bad weather arrives, things can get nasty with heavy snowfalls occurring during the winter cycle. The pass will be temporarily closed to traffic at times.

With such a high summit altitude the road can be closed anytime due to snowfalls. The zone is prone to heavy mist and can be dangerous in low visibility conditions. The often wet, misty weather conditions have given this pass the reputation of being perilously slippery, with decreased visibility. The lookout point, Windy Corner, offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the Anglo-Boer War Battlefields Route beyond. The steepest sections of the road are around 1:20. 

 

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