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Koue Bokkeveld Circular Drive, Boland, Western Cape.

Distance approximately 200-km which takes 3-hours. Depart from Tulbagh or Wolseley on the R46 through Mitchell’s Pass to Ceres.  This beautiful pass, built by Andrew Geddes Bain, has some excellent viewpoints.  Visit the Old Toll House halfway up the pass. After crossing the railway line, you can see one of Bain’s historic retaining walls.  A bit further on is a walking train near to which the remains of the old wagon road over the mountain are to be seen. 

In Ceres, turn left at the second traffic light onto the R303 towards Prince Alfred’s Hamlet. The route continues up Gydo Pass to the village of Op-die-Berg in the heart of the Koue Bokkeveld.  The area is well known for the apples and pears it produces.  Continue on the R303 over Buffelshoek Pass and Middelberg Pass on the road to Citrusdal, which is well known for its oranges.  The Middelberg Pass is beautiful. Near the summit is a lay-by where you can park your car, take a walk and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Turn left onto the N7 outside Citrusdal. From Piekenierskloof Pass, built by Thomas Bain, enjoy wonderful views of the Olifantsrivier Valley and the Swartland.  After leaving the pass, turn left onto the R365 leading to Porterville and travel through wheatlands interspersed with a few vineyards. Travel south on the R44 from Porterville through the 24 Rivers area with Saron on the left, leading into Gouda.  The ladies pub in the Gouda Hotel is a living sports museum, whose principal focus is rugby.  Continue on the R44 and turn left at the T-junction onto the R46 towards Tulbagh, Wolseley and Ceres. BLKoue

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Last update: 2009-06-15 01:07
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