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« on: December 21, 2007, 07:54:34 AM »

From early days a need for a link between the coast and the interior existed. With the arrival of white settlers at the Cape, the need for a route between the Cape and the interior enjoyed a high priority and in 1689 the first documented crossing of the mountains over the Attakwaskloof took place.



In the Southern Cape the mountain ranges form formidable obstacles that hindered access from the coast to the interior since the earliest times. Most of the earliest passes were not constructed as such, but a large number of present South African mountain passes follow old animal trails. The Attakwaskloof Pass was used by elephants before pass was build.

This became the main road to the North for 180 years from 1689-1869 and was the most important route linking the “Grasveld” around Mossel Bay with Kannaland in the vicinity of Oudtshoorn.







With the later construction of the Robinson Pass, the Attakwaskloof Pass fell into disuse. It has become part of Cape Nature Conservation and declared a National Monument in 1995.

The Attakwaskloof pass is 10 km long and reaches a height of 820 m above sea level. It is over 300 years old. It offers spectacular scenery, natural rock pools, remains of historic buildings like block houses, an old hotel and toll houses.





For more info on the pass also see:

http://academic.sun.ac.za/history/news/smit_hap.pdf
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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2007, 08:03:23 AM »

Attakwaskloof Pass can be accessed from Bonniedale Adventure Farm on the Southern Side. Please note that keys and several permits are needed to travel over this pass. These can be obtained from Nico at Bonniedale if you give him enough advance notice.

Bonniedale Adventure Farm has several 4x4 routes and great camping facilities.

http://www.bonniedale.com/

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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2007, 08:07:20 AM »

While the pass runs over the mountain towards Oudtshoorn you could also travel through the Kloof in as Westerly direction. The historical Ox wagon route through the Kloof is well worth it. It T's into the road between Herbertsdale and Van Wyksdorp, just Notrh of Cloetes Pass.





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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2008, 10:28:34 AM »

I hadn't realised that the pass was different to the kloof road.  I thought I had done the pass when all i had done was the kloof road.  Another day & another challenge.
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2008, 10:39:52 AM »

We plan on doing this Pass again soon. It's more suited to lighter Trailbikes but with enough of us there to help lift you'd make it. I believe LITO and a mate went through there on KTM950SE's recently.
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2008, 12:59:36 PM »

So when are we going?  Wink
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