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Countryside

Spectacular countryside road trips that show nature at its most beautiful

Get the best from our countryside. From heart-stopping views and vistas of the surrounding valleys, gorges and mountains to the green and pleasant lands. There’s surely no better way to relax than exploring the magnificent sceneries, which makes your journey even more spectacular.

Appreciate countryside, but want something a bit more exhilarating? Visit the other roads on this site to see some of our best off-the-beaten-track roads. Tell us which one you’d like to drive on #SABestRoads

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Magoebaskloof Pass
 

Province: Limpopo

ADR: 1.6:1

Road: Magoebaskloof Pass

Magoebaskloof is one of the great classic passes of Limpopo province. It has less than 20 passes in total, but amongst those are some of the finest scenic passes in the land. This pass climbs 446 vertical meters to summit at 1400m ASL producing an average gradient of 1:17 with the steepest parts being at 1:9. The pass is tarred and is suitable for all vehicles.

Magoebaskloof is a beautiful mountainous area in the Limpopo Province at the very North Eastern tip of the Drakensberg mountain range. Fondly called “The Land of the Silver Mist” by historians and locals alike, the mountains and valleys of the area are regularly shrouded in a soft mist. This mist belt has resulted in the lush afro-montane forests that make the area a welcome green oasis in the Limpopo bushveld.

length /km
8
bends
16
hairpin bends
6
fast straights
8
Accelerating %
13
cruising %
53
braking %
6
cornering %
29
length /km
8
Accelerating %
13
bends
16
cruising %
53
hairpin bends
6
braking %
6
fast straights
8
cornering %
29

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Franschhoek Pass (Lambrechts Road)
 

Province: Western Cape

ADR: 4.2:1

Road: Franschhoek Pass (Lambrechts Road)

The Franschhoek Pass, also known as Lambrechts Road, follows the path of least resistance along the Middagskransberg, tracing the northern edge of the Franschhoek Mountains between the Wemmershoek Mountains and the Franschhoek Valley.

It is one of the more heart-stopping of the passes for views and vistas of the surrounding valleys, gorges and mountains, particularly the drop down to the Franschhoek River from the summit.  The entrance to the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve is located on this pass.

Franschhoek Pass is also called Lambrechts Road, though – more poetically – a hundred and fifty years ago it was known as Olifantshoek (“Elephants Corner’) after the now mythical herds of elephant which once roamed these valleys and mountains. This long, steep and dramatic pass with its variety of scenery was South Africa’s first properly engineered road. Popular attractions along this pass include the Franschhoek Motor Museum located at the beautiful L’Ormarins wine estate, the renowned Vrede en Lust Winery, nestled at the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountains as well as the Huguenot Memorial Museum which is set at the end of the main street through Franschhoek.

length /km
13
bends
16
hairpin bends
5
fast straights
14
Accelerating %
9
cruising %
75
braking %
4
cornering %
11
length /km
13
Accelerating %
9
bends
16
cruising %
75
hairpin bends
5
braking %
4
fast straights
14
cornering %
11

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Golden Gate Pass
 

Province: Free State

ADR: 3.3:1

Road: Golden Gate Pass

Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the north eastern Free State lies the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.

The park derives its name from the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on the Park’s sandstone cliffs, especially the imposing Brandwag rock, keeping vigil over the main rest camp.

This 11 600 hectares of unique environment is true highland habitat, providing home to a variety of mammals – black wildebeest, eland, blesbok, oribi, springbok and Burchell’s zebra – and birds, including the rare bearded vulture (lammergeier) and the equally rare bald ibis, which breed on the ledges in the sandstone cliffs. Ribbokkop, the highest point in the park, reveals a breathtaking tapestry of red, yellow and purple hues as its warm shades merge with the cool mountain shadows towards evening. Areas of special interest in this part of the country include the Van Reenen family graveyard, the Impressive Brandwag buttress rock formation, as well as the Vulture Restaurant Cathedral Cave. Interesting lookout points and viewpoints include the Zuluhoek lookout point, Generaalskop viewpoint, the third highest point in the park; Oribi basin and the Drakensberg view.

length /km
13
bends
19
hairpin bends
5
fast straights
11
Accelerating %
9
cruising %
71
braking %
4
cornering %
15
length /km
13
Accelerating %
9
bends
19
cruising %
71
hairpin bends
5
braking %
4
fast straights
11
cornering %
15

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