Passes & Poorts

Passes-and-PoortsPasses & Poorts: Getaway’s Top 30 Scenic Mountain Routes in the Western Cape is a detailed guide packed with information to enrich readers' driving experience of this rugged terrain, from the Cederberg in the northwest to the Tsitsikamma Mountains in the east.

These mountains are a formidable barrier between the coastal plateau and the hinterland and many of the modern passes still follow ancient animal migration routes; others are engineering masterpieces that challenge gravity.

Each is special in its own way. Most can be done as day drives or weekend trips from Cape Town or Garden Route towns such as George and Knysna, or combined for longer holidays. Full-colour maps assist in travel planning and the routes, described in detail, are illustrated with beautiful colour photographs.

Info boxes detail diverse local topics, from fauna and flora to the personalities behind the passes. Activities highlighted in each area include favourite hiking trails, mountain biking tracks and 4x4 routes. Each chapter ends with tips to make driving the passes more pleasurable: the best picnic spots, view points, farm stalls, roadside restaurants, guesthouses and self-catering cottages, and quirky country attractions.

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Chapter headings:

  • Introduction: Because they’re there
  • Cape Peninsula: Chapman’s Peak Drive
  • Cederberg Passes: Piekenierskloof Pass, Pakhuis Pass and other back routes
  • The Great North Roads: Du Toitskloof and Bain’s Kloof Passes
  • The Overberg Passes: Sir Lowry’s Pass, Houw Hoek Pass and Clarence Drive
  • Passage through the Langeberg: Tradouw, Garcia and Gysmanshoek Passes
  • Swartberg’s Big Three: Seweweekspoort, Meiringspoort and Swartberg Pass
  • Robinson Pass
  • George’s Famous Four: Outeniqua, Montagu, Cradock and Railway Passes
  • Seven Passes Road: Old George to Knysna main road
  • Prince Alfred’s Pass
  • Tsitsikamma Passes: Grootrivier and Bloukrans Passes

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