The Gysmanshoek Pass follows an historical ox wagon route – used to transport supplies between the South Cape and Klein Karoo – dating back to the mid 1700’s. This is an old gravel pass through a natural cleft in the Langeberg Mountain between Heidelberg in the south and Ladismith and Riversdale in the north. The pass is drivable in a normal car in good weather conditions, but after good rain, a 4×4 vehicle is an better option.
A select few have travelled this off-the-beaten-track pass which provides any adventure seeker a delightful experience.
The pass is 12km longs and contains 51 bends, corners and curves. The average gradient is a mild 1:36 – but there are two very steep sections close to the summit, where the gradient gets as steep as 1:5 and FWD cars might well experience tractions issues – even in dry weather. The Pass offers you Fynbos fields as one can only experience within the Explorer’s Garden Route and caution should be taken as some areas are covered by overgrown Fynbos.
The Gysmanshoek Pass can be travelled via Heidelberg or via Riversdale and should be on your summer bucket list.
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