Mariepskop Pass

A steep road to Mariepskop Pass

Mariepskop Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.942m (6,371ft) above the sea level, located in Mpumalanga. It’s one of the great South African passes.

The road to the pass is mostly gravel but there are some asphalted and concrete sections. Mariepskop is the higest peak in the northern Drakensberg Escarpment. The road is pretty steep, with some of the sections seriously steep at 1:5. The view at the summit is fantastic. You can see the Indian Ocean and Maputo on a clear day. The summit is used for various government nstallations includind an SAAF Radar installation, some fire look-out points and microwave technology.
Pic: Mark Attree

 

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