Western Cape

The Western Cape is home to some of the toughest but most rewarding offroading routes in the country. We chose three of the hardest but most spectacular routes to record.

Swartberg Pass is the rubicon of gravel road passes – it’s a national monument, constructed from 1883-1886, and remains as one of the best examples of road building in South Africa. Then there’s Die Hel – don’t let the name put you off – a 37km winding route of mountain views, culminating in Elands Pass, a bloodpounding single width road opening up onto the lush Gamkasloof. Finally, there’s Bosluiskloof Pass, which though short at 7.6km, compresses 60 bends, corners and curves into its length, with an average gradient of 1:13. With its unguarded drop-offs, it requires pure focus, but the views are worth it.