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Cloetes Pass               
 
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The Cloetes Pass, built in 1850 is on the R327, north of Herbertsdale.

 

It is still a gravel road, which is in good condition, but is a gem of a pass, rustic and quite awesome in its gradient and sheer drops at times. It offers absolutely breathtaking scenery in places.

 

If one continues van Wyksdorp, one can continue to take in the beautiful but somewhat more challenging Rooiberg Pass.

 

The Cloetes Pass however, is the one with your attention now, running along the Langeberge, it offers spectacular views of the valley below.

 

Why not take a different route home or to your destination if it is south of Mossel Bay? Head on the R327 to Herbertsdale, crossing the du Plessis Pass, quite an ordinary pass indeed, but with wonderful rural scenery on offer. Herbertsdale is a quaint rural town, begging to be explored and its rural charm appreciated.

 

Head on over the Cloetes Pass, slowly, not for fear of danger, but rather to enjoy the occasion. You can either head on through and join the R323 and head on back to Riversdale and the sanctity of the N2, or you can take the road to the Rooiberg Pass and join the R62 in Calitzdorp, opening a whole new spread of travel options and of course passes.

 

The Cloetes Pass is relatively close to a number of passes, for example Garcias, Robinsons, Rooiberg, Schoemanspoort in Oudtshoorn, therefore the Swartberg. Or if you head to the R62, then Huis River Pass, Seweweeks Poort (don't all roads lead to Seweweeks Poort, the "Rome" of Cape Mountain Passes?).

 

The Mossel Bay/George/ Oudtshoorn area is a wonderful area to choose as a base, from where you can hit out and explore the passes and poorts of the region.

 

 

 
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