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Oliviershoek Pass

Afrikaans name: Oliviershoekpas

Oliviershoek Pass

Above - Looking down on Woodstock Dam from Oliviershoek Pass

Photo © Steven Herbert


Oliviershoek Pass is a 17 km stretch of road that takes you over the Drakensberg Mountains from KwaZulu-Natal to the Free State.

The highest point of the pass is 1,742 metres.

In recent years the tar road had become badly pot-holed but extensive repairs have been done making it a viable option again.

The road takes you through the Drakensburg Mountains and offers many scenic views, especially those where you can stop and look down on the lower lying areas around the town of Bergville.

Van Reenen's Pass is the commonly used pass between KwaZulu-Natal and Free State but that road is busy, particularly with trucks, and Oliviershoek Pass offers a more leisurely trip.

Oliviershoek Pass

Photo © Steven Herbert

Above - Drakensburg Mountains


References and further reading

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 246

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 384

Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 112

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