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Katbakkies Pass               
 
History

The road linking the Koue Bokkeveld, a mountainous area on a plateau, with the Ceres Karoo runs through the Katbakkies Pass and the Skitterykloof, giving the farmers of the Koue Bokkeveld access to the Ceres Karoo.

 

The Kouebokkeveld is 1050 metres above sea level, contributing to its name, as winters are particularly cold. In fact it experiences extreme temperatures with cold winters with snowfall and short hot summers. The snowfall during winter is the biggest tourist attraction of the area. Sneeukop is the highest peak in the Koue Bokkeveld and it is often covered with snow, as well as Tafelberg.

 

Not only is its name pretty descriptive, others are just as much. The bumpy road and steep gradients of the pass and kloof lent themselves in the form of the names katbakkies & skitterykloof.  For us English speaking folk, katbakkies translates to potholes and skittery means shaking or being shaken. So the names conjure up some wonderful images of driving along over these corrugates surfaces, being shaken like a child in a pram on a cobbled road.

 

The area is rich in birdlife, making it a popular destination for birdwatchers, those people who are prone to sudden stops.

 

If you want to experience the Kouebokkeveld to its fullest, plan to spend at least three days there.

 

 
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