The Romance of Cape Mountain Passes

The Romance of Cape Mountain Passes tells the story of about 50 of the best known or most significant passes.
Ross, Graham
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Title: The Romance of Cape Mountain Passes
Author: Graham Ross
Type: Regional Travel Guide
Imprint: Sunbird Publishers
Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers
2nd edition. Johannesburg, South Africa 2011
ISBN 9781920289515 / ISBN 978-1-920289-51-5
Hardcover, 17x25 cm, 224 pages, throughout colour photos and maps


There are more than 490 mountain passes in the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape, in areas of spectacular natural scenery. Many of them are more than a century old and the product of considerable engineering feats. In themselves objects of beauty and ingenuity, they provide ways through and over the natural barriers in the area, giving access to communities and offering the infrastructure that makes for a thriving economic and social life. This book tells the story of about 50 of the best known or most significant Cape mountain passes.

Illustrated throughout with full-colour and sepia photographs and accompanied by helpful maps, The Romance of Cape Mountain Passes is a book for those with a love of the open road, an interest in history and a delight in the triumphs of engineering, human ingenuity and imagination. A retired civil engineer and himself a distinguished padmaker, Graham Ross was born in Cape Town and worked for the Cape Provincial Roads Department and later for Ninham Shand. He is the author of a number of professional papers, articles and publications, and is a member of several professional organisations.

Content: The Romance of Cape Mountain Passes:

Foreword by the Minister of Transport
Foreword by the Western Cape Minister of Transport
Preface by Patricia Storrar
General Map
1. The Roodezand Passes
2. Piquiniers Kloof, Grey's Pass & plekenierskloof pass
3. Gantouw, Hottentots Holland Kloof & Sir Lowry's Pass
4. mostertshoek & mlchells pass
5. Attaquas Kloof & Robinson Pass
6. Plattekloof, Tradouw Pass & Garcia's Pass
7. Kaaimansgat & Duiwelskop Passes
8. Paardekop & Prince Alfred's Pass
9. Hex River Pass & Poort
10. Cradock Kloof & Montagu Pass
11. Cats Pass & Franschhoek Pass
12. The Houw Hoek Passes
13. Bain's Kloof Pass
14. Meiringspoort
15. Seweweekspoort & Bosluiskloof Pass
16. The Messelpad Pass
17. Cogmans Kloof Pass
18. Koo or Burger's Pass
19. Groot River & Bloukrans Passes
20. The Passes Road
21. Swartberg Pass
22. Penhoek Pass
23. Huis River Pass
24. Chapman's Peak Drive & the Mountain Roads to Hout Bay
25. Boesmanskloof Pass & Buffelsrivierpoort
26. The Steenbras Mountain Road
27. Du Toit's Kloof Pass
28. Great Brak Pass
29. Outeniqua Pass
30. Anenous Pass
31. The Gamkaskloof Passes
32. What of our Mountain Passes in the Future?
Appendix: List of Cape Mountain Passes Notes

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