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11 Extreme Western Cape Mountain Passes

February 13, 2014 By:
Prince Alfred Pass Prince Alfred Pass Trygve Roberts

A really great website for those of us addicted to roads, roadtripping and the stupendous scenery we're privileged to enjoy in the Western Cape, is Mountain Passes South Africa. At this stage they list 129 passes in this province, each with their own fact file and a narrated video. It's very, very tempting to paste the names of the passes on to a checklist and slowly tick them all off.

It's total roadcandy.

The Western Cape features in a few cool lists of stats too. We have the pass with the longest name, Wildehondskloofhoogte, the oldest pass (Franschoek) and we occupy positions 2, 3 and 4 in their list of the most dangerous passes: Sir Lowry's Pass, Kaaiman's River Pass, Hex River Pass. Naturally enough, there's also the southernmost mountain pass - Akkedisberg near Stanford.

The Prince Alfred Pass is the longest in South Africa, at 80.5km; it also boasts the biggest altitude gain of any pass in the province, climbing 837m. Sjoe! The highest pass in the Western Cape is the Swartberg, at 1576m. The province dominates the national list in terms of gradient steepness, occupying the first 3 spots on the list, with Gouna at 8.26, Heights Rd Wilderness at 8.94 and Elands at 9.03.

 

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