Throwback to 19th September, 2013

“Batten down the hatches! The winter of 2013 will be remembered for a long time in the Western Cape, with yet another severe storm, bringing icy temperatures and snow to the Cape. Friday’s maximum temperature forecast is just 10C, whilst the Highveld is basking in 32C. Only in South Africa!

Bad weather also means it’s time to get out into the country and experience nature at its raw best. If you own a 4×4 the country areas are your oyster. Why not head for the magnificent Cederberg, where you can find at least a dozen inspiring gravel road passes!

Our recommended adventurers’ route is…

through the back roads of the Koue Bokkeveld past Op die Berg. That route will have taken you over the beautiful Gydo Pass and over the high plateau which is peppered with ice blue dams and where South Africa’s biggest onion crop comes from. Hook a right at Op die Berg and head north into the Southern Cederberg. The first gravel pass you will encounter is the Blinkberg Pass.

Gydo Pass (Ceres/Op Die Berg) and Blinkberg Pass (Cederberg) - mountain passes in South Africa

 

which will take you past the guest farm of Mount Ceder (one of our absolute favourite weekend spots, with Klipbokkop our top choice for its breathtaking view out over the ravine and mountains beyond, and not to mention the most sublime jacuzzi perched on the wide wooden wraparound decking) and then on towards the Grootrivier Pass.

Mount Ceder - best place to stay in the Cederberg

From there you have options of Kromrivier, Uitkyk, and Nieuwoudts passes to the west — or the rugged track (not suitable for normal cars) via Eselbank to Wupperthal.

Things could be rough on the Eselbank route this weekend, so use some common sense before you take the high road!

Read about the Blinkberg Pass (and its surrounding passes) here.

Have fun,

Trygve”