Ben Macdhui pass
Ben Macdhui pass

Ben Macdhui Peak

Ben Macdhui is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.995m (9,826ft) located in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It’s one of the highest roads of the country. Even in summer you can confront with snowy days.

The infamous gravel road to the summit is bumped. Due to the high elevations and exposure, the road is subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes. Be prepared for the cold and wind! High winds blow here all year long. Even in summer you can confront with snowy days which is very unusual for South Africa. Temperatures here in the winter are brutally cold so take appropriate clothing with you. Dangerous when there is heavy snow. The pass is named after a pinnacle of the same name in Scotland.

The pass is situated in the highlands of the Cape. Make sure you get your vehicle and yourself well-prepared before driving this road. High clearance 4x4 with low range is needed. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a challenging rough and tough route. After rain, even a single rainfall, conditions of the road can be challenging. Watch out for sudden loose-gravel breaks. Proper preparation is essential to having a safe, enjoyable trip on this road. This is definitely not a Sunday drive. It’s pretty steep. It can become challenging to beginners.
Pic: George Saaiman


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