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    Default Old Houwhoek Pass

    Hi All

    Just wondering if this pass is still open to drive on and what the condition is like.
    Where is the best place to start and end? Should be safe I hope.

    Will appreciate any feedback. I am driving to Swellendam this weekend an will like to take the road less traveled.

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    Default Re: Old Houwhoek Pass

    Yes it's open.

    You have a 4x4, a good one.

    Yes it's safe, but normal behaviour should apply.
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    Default Re: Old Houwhoek Pass

    It is fine to drive. Just the last maybe 50m or so past the the first house at the bottom the road deteriorated, but nothing serious. A normal high clearance bakkie can easily do this pass.

    The best direction I find is top to bottom to enjoy the view. Take your time and and go look at the railway bridge. About half way down is a a great place to stop for coffee and just explore.

    There are lots of others users on that road, so be aware of runners, motorbikes and of course other cars. On one or two short sections there is VERY little (aka no) room to get out the way to pass and a little reversing may be required.

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    Default Re: Old Houwhoek Pass

    Sounds interesting . Can anyone provide a start and ending point ?

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    Default Re: Old Houwhoek Pass

    Just pass Houwhoek Inn it seems. Ends at Botrivier.

    Now wondering if there is an old pass all the way to Caledon.
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    Default Re: Old Houwhoek Pass

    Quote Originally Posted by Nerd View Post
    Just pass Houwhoek Inn it seems. Ends at Botrivier.

    Now wondering if there is an old pass all the way to Caledon.
    Not exactly old passes - but on dirt roads.

    You go down the old hoewhoek pass. At bot river you turn left onto the old van der stel pass, then you can take one of the right turns (Haston View Rd) and travel through to R43 turning left towards greyton. Then turn right onto the Heldestroom Rd (dirt) towards greyton and follow the dirt rd over the river to take the Dwarskloof pass towards the N2, drive over the n2 and follow the dirt roads into caledon.

    Reenen might pop in as he knows this area. Follow his guidance.


    EDIT: I would have to add that the word "pass" in the context above should be interpreted VERY loosely.
    EDIT 2: A really nice day drive would be then to follow the R320 (tar at first but becomes dirt) and it goes past the Hemel and Aarde Valley into Hermanus (cant remember the name of the pass) and then drive all the way along the coast road past pringle bay towards home.
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    Default Re: Old Houwhoek Pass

    Quote Originally Posted by Nerd View Post
    Just pass Houwhoek Inn it seems. Ends at Botrivier.

    Now wondering if there is an old pass all the way to Caledon.
    OK so do I drive into the Inn's grounds ? I do not recall a turnoff after that one ?

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    Default Re: Old Houwhoek Pass

    No, past the inn turn off, just before the road becomes dual, a slap left and then a slap right and you are on it.
    Road condition may be bad because the heavy rains of the past month might have done damage.
    But that will just make it slightly more challenging in a few sections.
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    Default Re: Old Houwhoek Pass

    Is this it ?
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    Default Re: Old Houwhoek Pass

    Quote Originally Posted by Defender110V8 View Post
    Is this it ?
    Thats it, like I said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BarnieH View Post
    Thats it, like I said.
    Great , thanks for the help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Defender110V8 View Post
    Great , thanks for the help
    Just take it slow.
    As said before, there are 2 way traffic and some people do not adhere to normal dirt road rules.
    The Jakkals river should be running strong and the area should be green after the burn and rain.
    The bottom part of the pass, as you start veering in a more southerly direction with alien invader trees on your left,
    might be washed away but I am sure the Landy has done some 3 wheeling before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BarnieH View Post
    Just take it slow.
    As said before, there are 2 way traffic and some people do not adhere to normal dirt road rules.
    The Jakkals river should be running strong and the area should be green after the burn and rain.
    The bottom part of the pass, as you start veering in a more southerly direction with alien invader trees on your left,
    might be washed away but I am sure the Landy has done some 3 wheeling before.
    Got it !

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    Default Re: Old Houwhoek Pass

    The purple arrow is the entrance to Houw Hoek Hotel, you cannot get to the pass from there.

    The orange arrow is where you need to turn left.

    You can see the turn off on the street view image and then also the right onto the pass.
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    Default Re: Old Houwhoek Pass

    Quote Originally Posted by Defender110V8 View Post
    Is this it ?
    The blue arrow in the word dock shows the same?
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    Default Re: Old Houwhoek Pass

    Quote Originally Posted by BarnieH View Post
    The blue arrow in the word dock shows the same?
    *facepalm* did not see the word document with the blue arrow when I replied. Apologies.

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    Default Re: Old Houwhoek Pass

    Haven't driven it in a few months, but the last section towards Botrivier (like everyone else has said), was washed away when we drove through there.

    Just go slow before you reach the turnoff, its very easy to miss, with cars sitting close to you as they start picking up speed ready to hit the dual lanes.

    A nice easy drive, enjoy it.
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    Default Re: Old Houwhoek Pass

    Quote Originally Posted by B_Engel View Post
    Haven't driven it in a few months, but the last section towards Botrivier (like everyone else has said), was washed away when we drove through there.

    Just go slow before you reach the turnoff, its very easy to miss, with cars sitting close to you as they start picking up speed ready to hit the dual lanes.

    A nice easy drive, enjoy it.
    It has been decided, I will take the Old Pass on Sunday on my way to Swellendam.

    Now, can I do it towing a XT140, no tent on top and empty.

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    Default Re: Old Houwhoek Pass

    So today I took said Pass.

    The road itself is okay for 200mm clearance vehicles I would think. Did not engage 4x4 at all, but would have if it was wet.
    No branches to scratch your paintwork either.

    So in my opinion, very nice scenic drive with two, maybe three picnic spots closer to Houw Hoek Inn side.

    A very chili wind blew, so getting out for photos was not high on the priority list.
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    Default Re: Old Houwhoek Pass

    Awesome, is that last section still washed away, just before those houses on the right?
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