Rooiberg Pass

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Sue H
Port Elizabeth, South Africa76 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
We took the Rooiberg Pass travelling from Vanwyksdorp back to Calitzdorp. It was fairly deserted and very peaceful. Some of the hairpin bends and drops are really exhilarating but this just adds to the adventure. A standard bakkie can manage easily. A great drive with plenty of chances to get out the vehicle to admire the views.
Written October 31, 2020
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traveljunkie
Cape Town Central, South Africa846 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
We drove from Calitzdorp up to the summit of Rooiberg Pass. It's a very narrow gravel road but the views are awesome. It's quiet and peaceful and well worth the drive.
Written August 13, 2019
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Sam16
Iqaluit, Canada218 contributions
Feb 2016 • Solo
Rooiberg Pass was quite a surprise - I was on my way from Albertinia to Calitzdorp and went over Cloete's Pass over the Langeberge. I arrived in The beautiful and quaint hamlet of Vanwyksdorp and followed the road to Calitzdorp. The pass starts climbing quite soon after the turnoff to Rooiberg Lodge and gets steeper and narrower as you progress. At points the road was really washed out and quite rough. However, the vistas were spectacular, and got even more so the higher I went. The road is squeezed between the cliffs and the precipices, and I would recommend that nobody goes up there with any sort of trailer or caravan, because if you meet oncoming traffic there will be a problem. The last four or five kilos to the top is adorned with about twenty water diversion bumps. They are really high and a normal sedan will drag its belly every time they cross one of these. Once you reach the summit the 360 views are spectacular - the Langeberg to the south, the Swartberg to the north and the Rooiberg all around you. The descent is just as steep as the ascent, with a couple of hairpin bends and very narrow stretches. A 4x4 will be required when the pass is wet or covered in snow. A great road experience and one I will recommend to any enthusiast.
Written February 28, 2016
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John W R
Potchefstroom, South Africa1,110 contributions
Dec 2015 • Couples
We recently traveled over the Rooiberg Pass from Calitzdorp to get to the Rooiberg Lodge near Van Wyksdorp. This Pass which was built in 1928 is not very well known other than in local circles as it is off the beaten track and serves mainly to allow shorter access between Van Wyksdorp and Calitzdorp and a couple of farms . This Pass transverses the Rooiberg Mountain and is not a pass to be taken lightly as there are some steep narrow sections (1:4), sharp switchbacks (some are 180 degrees) and sections prone to rock falls. The dry stone stack walls made famous by Thomas Baines are also used here on sections of the pass. Locals advise caution using a normal vehicle with limited clearance as depending on the condition of the road (especially after rain) it may at times only be negotiated in a 4 wheel drive vehicle. It is worth checking the condition with the locals before tackling the trip.
The Pass has fairly steep sections at either end with a flat section on top from where one also gets great views. There are also numerous aloes to be seen along the route. The Calitzdorp side of the pass falls within the Gamkaberg and Groenfontein Nature Reserves. Normal park rules apply and there are signs depicting this. This pass is about 22 kms long and a slow drive but we enjoyed the experience and the views. Recommended for off road bikers and those with vehicles with reasonable clearance or 4 wheel drive. The Rooiberg Lodge on the Van Wyksdorp side of the Pass is an excellent stop for the night.
Written February 4, 2016
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Stalex24
Amsterdam, The Netherlands848 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
The Rooiberg Pass leads you through a wonderful, scenic area. We drove from Van Wycksdorp to Calitzdorp. The road is gravel. The ascend is easy to drive, although the roads is a bit narrow from time to time. We did not see any other vehicle on our drive. You will have great vistas over the Rooiberg mountains. When you get to the top, there is a small pick nick area. There are no commercial or other buildings here or anywhere on the mountain part of the route. The way down into Calitzdorp can get very rough. It is very well doable with a normal (rental) sedan, but you will have to lower your speed significantly. Some stretches were very rocky and bumpy and averages of 10km/h are advisable if you want to avoid punctures. Having said that, the descend is a lot shorter than the ascend (and therefore steeper downhill). Signing into Calitzdorp is good. A must do!
Written March 9, 2017
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jarmain
Riversdale, South Africa11 contributions
Mar 2016 • Family
This pass between van Wyksdorp and Calitzdorp is a must do for the tourist who enjoys the wide open views of the Little Karroo. The road is narrow, unpaved gravel and winds up into the mountain and summits high above the veld. Summer or winter this little mountain pass is memorable for all the right reasons.
Written November 29, 2016
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mikelh11043
Hermanus, South Africa21 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
A spectacular drive, we did not see another vehicle or person the whole trip, the road is really narrow and rocky near the top. Did a lot of driving in 1st and 2nd gear, we were in a Renault Clio. The last thing I wanted was to have a tire cut by one of the many stones, all went well and the Clio did fine with no problems. The only problem was that my wife had 14 chickens along the way, she is not into the dirt roads! We stopped a couple of times to take pics, great views.
Written October 4, 2016
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MyGeld
South Africa301 contributions
Dec 2019
Karoo views at their best! Try and go when the aloes are in bloom - it must be a sight to behold! Nature and quiet at its best!
Written December 29, 2019
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Laura L
Calitzdorp, South Africa40 contributions
Aug 2019
We traversed this pass from Callitzdorp to Van Wyksdorp and is described in Mountain Passes of South Africa as follows"This is not a pass to be trifled with and although it can be driven in a normal car, a high clearance vehicle would be better. It is also a long pass at 14 km and contains some fairly rough sections. There are a total of 69 bends, corners and curves which include 6 hairpins and many other bends with a turning radius in excess of 90 degrees. It's a road for the less hurried traveller and offers wonderful views on both the northern and southern sides with valleys and ridges bedecked in fynbos and in winter you'll be treated to the sight of the bright orange flowers of hundreds of thousands of flowering aloes." The total road is over 50kms with a second lesser known pass before your reach your destination Assegaaibosch Pass This road is bumpy, dusty and quite a challenge ubtil you reach Rooiberg Lodge area
Written September 10, 2019
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James Shelley
3 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
En route to Gamkaskloof we left the N2 at Heidelberg up Gysmanshoek pass, stunning, to Van Wyksdorp then Assegaai pass and Rooiberg which is in two parts, South and North. Going up the northern end we hit rain but as we were in 4x4's were ok. A normal sedan would have found this extremely difficult, almost dangerous in poor visibility and less traction. The descent to Calitzdorp was fairly dry but rough and steep. Typical Karoo beauty.
Written April 18, 2019
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