The Outeniqua Pass is a fairly modern pass, connecting the coastal town of George with Oudtshoorn and the Little Karoo. It was first built in 1942 – 1951 to provide a different route other than the narrow and steep Montagu Pass. It was made wider and modernized a few times since then and today carries the bulk of the traffic flow between the two towns and Langkloof.
Rockfalls and trucking accidents cause disruptions in the pass from time to time. The higher reaches of the pass are subject to heavy rainfall and dense mountain mists which can reduce visibility to a few metres, which can make it dangerous if you do not drive with caution, especially due to the high volume of commercial traffic that it carries.
The pass has 40 bends, corners and curves – many of which exceed 90 degrees. The road is well engineered, but it is advisable to stick to the speed limits to get you safely over the pass. For south-bound traffic there are several excellent view-sites which are marked as “The 4 passes”. The third one from the summit is particularly impressive! From this vantage point all four passes can be seen, including one of which dates back almost 200 years!
The Outeniqua pass forms part of the Outeniqua Mountains which lies in the Garden Route of South Africa. The Garden Route is a spectacular part of the most southern side of South Africa and offers great potential for housing.
One of the most beautiful towns in this stretch of land is Brenton-on-Sea. With its majestic sea facing stands and houses it offers its residents prime spots for Whale and Dolphin watching from the comfort of their homes.
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