Outeniqua Pass

Outeniqua Pass, spectacular views changing at every corner

Outeniqua Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 800m (2,600ft) above the sea level, located in Western Cape, South Africa.

Nestled in the Outeniqua Mountains, the road to the summit is a two lane tar road in excellent condition. It’s called N9/N12 natonal road and provides an alternative to the narrow and steep Montagu Pass. The road is winding and curvy (around 40 curves) and steep, hitting a maximum gradient of 1:10 through some of the turns.

The pass is 18.2 km long, on the way from Oudtshoorn, a town in the Klein Karoo area to George. The road is in good condition but is frequently shrouded in mist or falls above the cloud base. The road to the summit was constructed between 1943 and 1951.

It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms, dense mountain mists and blizzards. Rockfalls cause massive damage to roads and put motorists lives in grave danger. In wet weather always be aware of this possibility. The upper reaches of the pass are frequently wet and sometimes dangerous. Obey the speed limits and there should be no issues. The drive is very scenic. The views from the laybys are worth stopping for. It carries a high volume of commercial traffic.

 

 

NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.